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Needle in the Wrong Spot can Turn Injection into an Injury

SIRVA is a rare condition that affects the shoulder after a vaccination. The reason it happens has less to do with the contents of the needle, than how it is placed in your arm. SIRVA stands for "Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration." You may have noticed that the title of the injury gives a clue to when and how it happens: at vaccine administration.

Vaccine needles are supposed to be placed in the deltoid muscle. However, if the needle goes beyond the muscle into the joint space or shoulder bursa, which sometimes occurs if the needle is placed too high in the shoulder, there will often be an inflammatory response. That inflammatory response can lead to some fairly common shoulder conditions such as bursitis, rotator cuff tears, or adhesive capsulitis (also known as "frozen shoulder").

Often patients who have a SIRVA will be diagnosed with these or similar conditions. The only difference between these conditions and SIRVA is that these conditions will have appeared within a couple of days of a shoulder-administered vaccination. Therefore, SIRVA describes the improper placement of the needle which results in the above shoulder injuries.
 

If you experience extreme pain and limited arm mobility which starts within days after a vaccination and lasts for longer than just a few days, you may have a SIRVA. If that is the case, you should see your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

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SIRVA/Shoulder Injury Case Results

At Rawls Law Group, we proudly serve people all over the country who have suffered injuries resulting from vaccines or the administration of vaccines. Unfortunately, we are not able to help everyone who contacts us, but we have been able to assist many of them. Our cases are as varied as the people who seek our assistance. Below are some examples of the sorts of cases we handle – and outcomes of which we are especially proud. 

 

Disclaimer: THE RESULTS ARE SPECIFIC TO THE FACTS AND LEGAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH OF THE CLIENTS' CASES AND SHOULD NOT BE USED TO FORM AN EXPECTATION THAT THE SAME RESULTS COULD BE OBTAINED FOR OTHER CLIENTS IN SIMILAR MATTERS WITHOUT REFERENCE TO THE SPECIFIC FACTUAL AND LEGAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH CLIENT'S CASE.

$190K

Influenza (“Flu”) Vaccine; Transverse Myelitis (“TM”).

$150K

Influenza (“Flu”) Vaccine; Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (“CRPS”); Ulnar Neuropathy Secondary to CRPS.

$135K

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine; Guillain- Barre Syndrome (GBS)

$130K

Hepatitis A Vaccine; Hepatitis B Vaccine; Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (“CIDP”).

$80K

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine; Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

$120K

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine; Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

$75K

Tetanus Diphtheria acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine; Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

$30K

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine; Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

$35K

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine; Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

$25K

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine; Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

SIRVA RELATED VACCINES

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis (“DTaP”) Vaccine*

  • Haemophilus Influenzae type b (“Hib”) Vaccine

  • Hepatitis A (“Hep A”) Vaccine

  • Hepatitis B (“Hep B”) Vaccine

  • Human Papillomavirus (“HPV”) Vaccine

  • Influenza (“Flu”) Vaccine*

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (“MMR”) Vaccine

  • Meningococcal Vaccine

  • Pneumococcal Conjugate (“PCV”) Vaccine

  • Polio (“IPV”) Vaccine

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (“Tdap”) Vaccine*

  • Varicella (“Chickenpox”) Vaccine

*Most common vaccines related to SIRVA injuries

 
Contact Rawls Law Group Regarding your SIRVA Injury
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Did you experience shoulder pain WITHIN 48 hours of vaccination?
Did you see a doctor for treatment within 45 days of the vaccination?
Has this been an ongoing problem for at least 6 months or have you had surgery on your shoulder?
In the two years BEFORE vaccination, did you receive any treatment for injuries to that shoulder?