How Common Is SIRVA?
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has seen a steady rise in the number of shoulder injury cases in the United States since its inception in 1987, with an average of 500 annual cases being reported in recent years. This number is expected to rise as more and more adults choose to receive flu vaccinations each year.
According to historical data about SIRVA injuries from the VICP, roughly 3.4 billion doses of covered vaccines were distributed in the US from 2006 to 2017. Of petitions related to SIRVA and other vaccine-related injuries that were filed in this time period, 6,552 were adjudicated by the court, and 4,509 were compensated. This means that roughly one individual was compensated for every million doses of vaccines distributed. The VICP paid roughly $4.2 billion in compensation to individuals who developed SIRVA and other vaccine-related injuries from 1988 to 2017.
Is There a Cure for SIRVA?
There is currently no known cure for SIRVA, however, there are several treatment options that can help relieve shoulder pain. SIRVA is usually treated with anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers, though physical therapy may sometimes be required to regain a full range of motion in the affected arm. Corticosteroid injections may also be an option to minimize swelling. In rare cases where no other treatment is effective, surgery may be required to repair damaged shoulder ligaments and tissues.
How Long Does SIRVA Last?
While shoulder pain following an injection is common and typically subsides within a few days, pain related to SIRVA can last for months and become a chronic issue if left untreated. SIRVA can sometimes require several weeks or even months of effective treatment for a full recovery. To minimize your chances of long-term damage, it is best to see a doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing shoulder pain for more than a week after receiving an injection.
Filing a SIRVA claim can be a complex process. You will want a Houston vaccine injury attorney by your side to protect your rights and to fight on your behalf. Our firm understands how to approach a SIRVA case with the greatest chance of obtaining favorable results. The sooner you seek legal representation, the better your chances of recovering compensation.
The SIRVA compensation we recover for you can account for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy and ongoing treatment
- Pain and suffering
The Greenwood Law Firm has filed hundreds of claims through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program on behalf of clients around the U.S. If you suffered a shoulder or arm injury after receiving a vaccine, we want to help you with your claim.
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