WHAT IS SIRVA?
SIRVA stands for “Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration.” It can happen when a vaccine is injected into the shoulder too high or too deep and can cause several types of injuries. SIRVA can also occur when a vaccine is properly administered. SIRVA can lead to intense, prolonged pain, limited range of motion, and shoulder-related injuries such as Adhesive Capsulitis or Frozen Shoulder Syndrome.
SIRVA can be caused by an injury to the musculoskeletal structures of the shoulders (for example tendons, ligaments, bursa) during the injection of a vaccine. It can also be caused by the body’s immune system reacting adversely to one or more components of the vaccine.
The seasonal flu shot, among other vaccinations, is the most common causes of SIRVA because the vaccine is given annually to millions of people in the deltoid muscle of the arm. It’s important to note that while the risk of a SIRVA injury exists, it is rare.
Fill out the Shoulder Injury After Vaccine Administration (“SIRVA”) questionnaire below to find out if you meet the criteria for our attorneys to pursue a vaccine injury claim on your behalf. Please understand that the criteria are not necessarily those required by the Vaccine Court, as we limit our representation to the most severely injured patients. Help us to determine whether your case meets our Law Firm’s criteria.
If your responses show that you do not meet our Law Firm’s criteria, you should still speak with other vaccine injury attorneys as they may accept your case.
If your questionnaire results indicate that you may have a vaccine injury case that we can assist you with, there are specific records that our attorneys will need. Use the checklist below as a guide. Once you have this information, please contact us at 888.952.5242 or use the online form below. Your medical providers are required to give you a copy of these medical records if you request them.
Please provide us with the following documents:
- Vaccination record.
- Records showing a medical doctor or chiropractor visit within 45 days of vaccination for treatment in the same shoulder (no phone calls, e-mails or text messages to your doctor’s office, or masseuse records).
- Surgery operative report or visit with a medical doctor more than 6 months after vaccination showing an ongoing problem in that shoulder.
What Happens Next?
Filing a vaccine injury claim is an extremely complex and litigious process. Contact a lawyer who is experienced in representing patients in front of the United States Court of Federal Claims, sometimes referred to as the Federal Vaccine Court.
You pay NO legal fees if Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. accepts your case. You never share any portion of your award money for damages with our law firm. 100% of your compensation goes directly to you. The Vaccine Court pays our fees for you. Find out more about the process of vaccine injury compensation.
Symptoms of SIRVA
Severe shoulder pain is the most common symptom of SIRVA. Symptoms typically occur between 0 – 48 hours after the injection. Most people complain of persistent shoulder pain and limited range of motion, but those are not the only injuries. Other injuries include:
- Frozen Shoulder
- Shoulder Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Shoulder Bursitis
- Adhesive Capsulitis
- Brachial Neuritis
- Impingement Syndrome
Treatment of SIRVA
In most cases, symptoms can be treated with pain medication, like an anti-inflammatory, and physical therapy to reduce swelling and improve the range of motion. Sometimes injections of corticosteroids are necessary. However, many patients continue to experience pain, even after treatment. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage done to the shoulder’s ligaments and tendons.