When you think about a rotator cuff injury, what comes to mind? Sports injuries and job-related injuries are perhaps most common. But, what about vaccinations?
Rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) are becoming a growing concern for individuals of all ages who receive flu shots and other vaccinations. When a nurse, doctor or pharmacist administers a vaccine improperly – either too high or low on the arm, or too deep under the skin – this can cause damage to the muscles and tendons in the shoulder. Since the rotator cuff is located between the upper arm bone and the shoulder blade, near the proper injection site, it is particularly exposed to the risk of damage due to improper vaccine administration.
Diagnosing a Rotator Cuff Injury Resulting from Improper Vaccine Administration
There are several types of rotator cuff injuries that can result from errors during vaccine injections, each with its own unique set of symptoms. Treatment options can vary as well, which makes it crucial to obtain an accurate diagnosis. However, generally speaking, individuals who experience shoulder pain, limited range of motion or muscle weakness in the arm following a vaccination should see their doctors about a possible rotator cuff injury as soon as possible.
Physicians can use a number of different methods to diagnose rotator cuff injuries resulting from vaccinations. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scans are common, while x-rays and other tests are frequently used as well. Individuals who are diagnosed with vaccine-related rotator cuff injuries should try to get copies of their scans and other diagnostic records, since these will often be key pieces of evidence in their claims for vaccine injury compensation.
Vaccine Rotator Cuff Injury Compensation
Like other forms of SIRVA, individuals diagnosed with rotator cuff injuries resulting from vaccination errors can seek financial compensation through the government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Through the VICP, vaccine recipients can recover compensation for medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering sustained as a result of their injuries. Pursuing a VICP claim is complicated, so it is best to hire an experienced attorney. However, since the VICP covers claimants’ legal fees, hiring an attorney can come at little or no financial cost to you.
How do you file a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program following a vaccine injury? The first step is to obtain an accurate diagnosis. You should also speak with an attorney about the steps you need to take in order to protect your legal rights. At the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery, we can guide you through the entire process, and this starts with a free and confidential phone consultation.
Schedule Your Free Consultation at the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery
Located in Washington D.C. just blocks from the Vaccine Court, the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery provides guidance and experienced legal representation for individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related rotator cuff injuries nationwide. If you would like to learn more about filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, call us at (844) 789-2047 or request a free consultation online today.