How Much Is A SIRVA Claim Worth?

David Carney by David Carney, Partner of Green & Schafle

Health complications and adverse effects from vaccines occur with surprising frequency – sometimes leading to serious injury and lengthy recovery times. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has acknowledged that many vaccine injury claims have been related to vaccination error. Vaccine errors typically happen when a needle is inserted into a shoulder’s bursa or joint space instead of the deltoid muscle. **Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)** – is the term given when these issues arise. SIRVA is an inflammatory process that damages tissue including the bursae, tendons, and ligaments in the shoulder area. Symptoms of SIRVA usually start within 48 hours of a shot and can include: - Shoulder pain - Swelling and bruising in the shoulder - Reduced mobility in the shoulder or arm - “Frozen shoulder” due to lack of mobility - Reduced muscle strength and function in the shoulder - Numbness and tingling in the arm People that have suffered vaccine injuries such as SIRVA are eligible to recover financially from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This program recognizes that, despite the best efforts of the medical community and general safety of vaccines – injuries can and do happen. When they do, a patient may qualify to recover for medical expenses and other costs associated with the damage. To support a SIRVA claim, patients typically need to document: - That the shoulder was previously healthy; - That a vaccine was administered to that shoulder; - That shoulder pain began within 48 hours of the vaccine; - That the pain persisted for at least 6 months. Through the United States Court of Federal Claims, recent awards related to SIRVA have ranged anywhere from $80,000 to $200,000. Many successful SIRVA claimants can expect awards around $120,000 depending on the situation. The VICP sets a cap of $250,000 on pain & suffering claims, but not on actual medical expenses related to SIRVA and other vaccine injuries. A well-documented SIRVA claim supported by medical bills, lost wages, lost future income, and other related losses can therefore lead to a compensation amount in the six figures in many cases. Each case may vary depending on the facts at hand and the quality of legal representation in the Court of Federal Claims. It can be challenging, time-consuming, and ultimately frustrating to present a vaccine injury in Federal Court without the help of an attorney that has handled these cases before. The Philadelphia vaccine injury attorneys at Green & Schafle have fought for many clients to obtain the compensation they deserve in SIRVA claims. ### If You or a Loved One has Experienced SIRVA, Our Vaccine Injury Attorneys at Green & Schafle Can Help Sometimes, sadly, a routine vaccine appointment leads to pain, injury, and long-lasting health consequences. If the complications arose shortly after a vaccine, legal remedies may be available to you through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Our experienced vaccine injury attorneys at Green & Schafle can discuss all options available in these scenarios. To learn more, feel free to request a callback below or call us today at 1-855-462-3330. **Source:**
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