For most people, getting a vaccination is a good thing. Vaccines help prevent the outbreak of debilitating and deadly viruses. And if the right shots are properly administered, then there should be no injury, long-term illness, or other side effects. However, a poorly administered vaccine can lead to serious health problems.
SIRVA, which stands for Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration, is a condition that results from an allergic reaction to the vaccine itself or a vaccine that was administered incorrectly. Data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System indicates SIRVA is being reported with increased frequency.
What this means is that people are becoming more and more aware of the link between shoulder injuries and vaccination shots. Such a shot should only be administered by a qualified medical professional. The latter should be thoroughly trained in how to do their jobs, and they should follow the guidelines on how the vaccine should be administered, which should be part of each individual package produced by vaccine manufacturers.
Intense pain, limited range of motion, adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder syndrome, brachial neuritis, rotator cuff tear, and impingement syndrome are some of the common symptoms of SIRVA. If you have experienced any of these problems, you should take the matter seriously and undergo an examination by a physician. It is important to get your problem documented as soon as you become aware of it.
The more severe cases of SIRVA can seriously impact your life. The pain and discomfort may become so acute that it forces you into the hospital. A prolonged hospital stay means medical bills and lost income. You may also be faced with expenses for long-term treatment and rehabilitation therapy. Even when you are fit and healthy enough to go back to your job, you may have to reduce the number of hours you work or be compelled to take a lower-paying position.
You should not have to deal with the consequences of your injury on your own. If you are convinced that your shoulder injury is the result of a bungled vaccine administration, you can do something about it.
Your first action should be to file an insurance claim. Not everyone responds in the same exact way to a vaccination shot. Your SIRVA may be the result of an allergic reaction—a reaction that could not have been foreseen by the medical professionals that gave you the shot. No matter the cause of your SIRVA, your insurance company is obligated to cover the expenses related to its treatment.
Vaccine-related personal injury claims are not the same as other types of claims. It is harder to prove that vaccination led to your shoulder injury. Your insurance provider may reject your claim.
If this happens, you should hire a personal injury lawyer who specializes in vaccine-related injuries. They will attempt to negotiate with your insurer. Vaccine injury lawyers know how to gather the evidence that demonstrates the link between your vaccination and your injury. If negotiations break down, then you can file a lawsuit against the insurance company. Such breakdowns occur when the claims adjustor denies fault, does not agree with the severity of the claim, or refuses to pay the requested amount.
You can also sue the manufacturer of the vaccine in certain circumstances. In these cases, the manufacturer is not a party to lawsuit. The federal government takes the place of the drug company. All vaccine injury cases must be tried before a vaccine court in Washington, D.C. Only lawyers who have been admitted into the vaccine court can represent their clients in it.
If your shoulder injury is related to the administration of a vaccine, you will need legal representation to get the justice you deserve.
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