WHY YOU SHOULD SEEK REPRESENTATION AFTER A VACCINE INJURY

“Is the pain I am experiencing in my arm after a flu shot normal?”

“Is it normal to not be able to move my arm after a flu shot?”

Asking yourself those very questions?  While the last thing anyone expects after receiving a flu shot is to suffer a shoulder injury, we have represented many clients who were once wondering the same thing. Often our clients come to us in disbelief that a routine flu shot has caused them months of pain and loss of mobility. After seeking medical treatment, it also is not uncommon for doctors to not attribute an injury to a vaccination or to not even be aware of the medical term “SIRVA” which stands for Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration.  This often leads to feelings of frustration and hopelessness for individuals seeking relief and acknowledgement of their injury.  That’s where we hope to help, by investigating and evaluating if your symptoms and injury meet the requirements for a vaccine injury claim under the VICP. And if your injury does meet those requirements, we can represent you in filing a claim with the VICP to receive compensation- all at no charge to you.

The VICP is a federal program, which compensates persons who experience a Vaccine Injury, which occurs when a Nikki Nobbe - Vaccine Injury Attornetychild or adult experiences certain adverse reactions after receiving one of several vaccinations covered under the VVICP. Claims for compensation to the VICP are made to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims located in Washington, D.C., by filing a petition.  Most “petitioners” are represented by lawyers. A lawyer representing a petitioner must be admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

While most claims are settled, there are several reasons petitioners should be represented by an experienced lawyer in a case with the NVICP. First, if the claim meets certain minimal requirements, the NVICP will pay the lawyer’s fees, whether or not the petitioner is entitled to recover. This means the petitioner has no risk.  Second, if he or she is entitled to recover, those fees are paid separately from the amount of compensation received, and thus the recovery is not reduced by legal fees and expenses. Therefore, there is no reason for a person to not be represented by a lawyer in a Vaccine Injury claim.

Third, HHS is represented by lawyers from the Department of Justice (DOJ) who work on nothing but Vaccine Injury claims. When a claim is contested, the petitioner must prove the claim, and the DOJ lawyers will oppose the claim.  Proving entitlement can be very complicated, specialized, and time consuming.  It can also be very expensive.  Some cases require trying the case at an “entitlement hearing.” When the lawyer representing the petitioner has actually tried vaccine cases, the petitioner benefits from that experience by getting the best result possible.

Finally, even when a case is not contested, and the NVICP agrees to compensation, there will be a negotiation of the amount to be paid. Of course, the petitioner will want to recover the most the law will allow, and that is best done with a lawyer who is knowledgeable with the kinds of compensation awarded, and who is experienced in that settlement process.

Eighty percent of all claims which receive compensation do so by a negotiated settlement. This leaves 20% which are decided after some level of litigation.  Attorney, Richard Moeller tried his first Vaccine Injury case in 2004, and most recently in January 2016. Between then, we have been able to settle most cases, but the ability to litigate a claim all the way to an entitlement hearing is extremely important in maximizing a petitioner’s outcome because it can make a difference to the DOJ lawyers if they know the petitioner’s lawyer is willing to go to trial if necessary.

When we are contacted by a person who believes he, she, or a family member may have suffered a Vaccine Injury, we do not charge any fees to visit about the claim, or to investigate the claim, or to pursue the claim if it has a reasonable basis.  Also, we pay the expenses incurred to pursue the claim.

You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. And you can learn more about the NVICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting the Vaccine Injury page and other articles in our Blog.

WHAT DOES VAERS TELL US ABOUT SIRVA

Richard Moeller - Vaccine Injury AttorneyLast month I wrote about the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.  VAERS is a federal surveillance system designed to collect and analyze data about adverse events after a shot or immunization.  The data collected by VAERS (except personal identifying information) is publicly available, and tells us something about the kinds of problems experienced by people.

In the most recent VAERS data for 2017, the term “shoulder” or “arm” appears as a symptom or complaint in roughly 5,600 separate reports.  For example, one incident involves a woman who immediately after the shot experienced pain in her right arm, which “on a scale of 1-10 it was 15.”  The next day her arm motion was limited and she was treated with pain medication.

The report does not give any follow up information, but if her condition lasted for more than six months, her injury probably meets the criteria for a SIRVA, which stands for shoulder injury resulting from vaccine administration.  As Nikki Nobbe discussed in a blog last June, SIRVA is a real injury and recognized as a Vaccine Injury entitle do compensation.  And SIRVA is now a Table Injury, making it easier to qualify. We have also discussed the prevalence of SIRVA injuries from the flu shot.

How can Vaccine Injury Pros help you? 

You can contact us about a possible SIRVA or other Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page or you can email us directly at RMoeller@MooreHeffernanLaw.com or NNobbe@MooreHeffernanLaw.com And you can learn more about the NVICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting the Vaccine Injury page and other articles in our Blog.

“SIRVA” and the Flu Shot- How we can help

We have touched on what a SIRVA injury is and the types of compensation for SIRVA injuries on our blog before. However, as we have seen many SIRVA injuries as the result of the flu shot injection and flu shot season is well under way, we thought it would be timely to discuss how we can assist those who have SIRVA injuries and may be eligible for compensation.

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“SIRVA” stands for shoulder injury related to vaccine administration. Our firm is experienced in representing individuals with SIRVA injuries in claims against the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program “NVICP”. Often clients come to us after they have spent months in severe pain and suffered with limited range of motion. They frequently have trouble or are unable to complete routine tasks such as dressing or washing their hair. Commonly the pain will keep them awake at night and they are unable to find a comfortable position to sleep in. Many have had to take time off from work as they were unable to perform the tasks that their jobs required of them. Furthermore, clients often incur significant medical bills while searching for relief from their vaccine injury.

In order to receive compensation for your injury you must meet certain criteria. You may meet the criteria for compensation even if you have achieved a full recovery from your injury. If eligible, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced, or continue to experience, in addition to payment for lost earnings. Lost earnings can include those which you incurred when you were unable to work, for example if you stayed home to recover from surgery or simply were unable to work due to an inability to use your arm. We have also worked with clients who have severe SIRVA cases and are unable to find any treatment to heal or alleviate their injury and cannot return to work, if this is the case you may also have a claim for future lost wages. Additionally, we work with clients to determine what out of pocket medical expenses they have incurred and expect to incur due to the vaccine injury as they too may be compensated.

Richard and Nikki work closely with each client to truly understand what they have endured as a result of their vaccine injury. This allows us to properly advise you as to what compensation you may expect to receive in comparison to similar cases and to properly advocate on your behalf.  When our firm is contacted by a person who believes he, she, or a family member may have suffered a Vaccine Injury, there is no fee to visit about the claim, or to investigate the claim, or to pursue the claim. Also, the firm pays the expenses incurred to pursue the claim. Therefore, the case can be handled free of charge.

You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. And you can learn more about the NVICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting the Vaccine Injury page and other articles in our Blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compensation for SIRVA Injuries in the VICP

Nikki Blazey - Vaccine Injury AttornetyLast month we asked the question- Are SIRVA Injuries on the Rise? A recent survey of data provided by the Vaccine Court answers that question “Yes” in terms of compensation for claims made to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). “SIRVA” stands for shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, and describes a reaction that follows a vaccination, usually the flu shot, resulting in immediate and lasting pain in the arm or shoulder area beyond the site of the injection.

Since 2014, the VICP has assigned certain claims to a special processing unit, for cases which are expected from the outset to be compensated. As of March 2017, of the 742 claims paid by that unit, 515 cases—70% of the total—were the result of SIRVA injuries. These statistics bear out an answer we recently gave to a gentleman who called us after his own experience: Yes, SIRVA is real, they are on the rise, and you are entitled to recover if you meet the criteria for compensation.

When our firm is contacted by a person who believes they may have suffered a SIRVA or any injury from one of the vaccines covered by the VICP, there is no fee to visit about the claim, or to investigate the claim, or to pursue the claim. Nor do you pay us from any recovery you receive—our fees are paid by the VICP. You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. And you can learn more about the VICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting our Vaccine Injury Pros website and other articles in our Blog.

Are SIRVA Injuries on the rise?

Last month I wrote about changes to the Vaccine Richard Moeller - Vaccine Injury AttorneyInjury Table, which included adding SIRVA injuries.  The decision to add this type of injury came about after a study of shoulder injuries was conducted by Dr. Sarah Atanasoff for the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  According to Dr. Atanasoff, a review of claims filed with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) showed a pattern emerging with common features of shoulder pain following vaccination, with most being the seasonal flu shot. The study referred to this type of injury as “SIRVA” which stands for shoulder injury related to vaccine administration.  Often the patients felt that the injection had been too high in the arm or shoulder area, and experienced shoulder pain beyond the site of the shot.

The change in the Table recognizes that now, much more than in years past, many of the claims filed and entitled to compensation from the VICP are due to SIRVA.  And in our own experience, most of the cases we have filed in the last few years involve shoulder injuries following a flu shot or other vaccination, compared to the neurological conditions resulting from vaccines.  This trend makes sense if, as Dr. Atanasoff found, literature supports the possibility that these shoulder injuries can be traced to the inappropriate technique of injection, and if you consider the larger number of flu shots administered every year by non-typical vaccine administrators, such as pharmacists.  So, it may be that SIRVA injuries in the VICP are on the rise just because there are more vaccinations given every year and a growing awareness of that in rare instances they can lead to complications.  We list many of these conditions associated with SIRVA.

When our firm is contacted by a person who believes they may have suffered any injury from one of the vaccines covered by the VICP, there is no fee to visit about the claim, or to investigate the claim, or to pursue the claim.  You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. And you can learn more about the VICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting our Vaccine Injury Pros website and other articles in our Blog.

What is a SIRVA Injury?

Earlier this month I discussed what a “Vaccine Injury” is in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). More and more, the NVICP is compensating persons who have a particular kind of Vaccine Injury called a “SIRVA” which stands for shoulder injury related to vaccine administration. Just as it sounds, it is an injury that follows the injection of the needle in the shoulder during a vaccination, causing sudden and ongoing pain, limited range of motion, and sometimes damage to the shoulder structures, requiring surgery.  Most often the person will have little or no history of shoulder problems, with the onset of pain, dysfunction, or discomfort very soon after the vaccination. It is believed that most SIRVA injuries are caused by the improper insertion or placement of the needle into shoulder area.  Some may result from an immune reaction with the vaccine, causing a neurological injury.

Richard Moeller - Vaccine Injury AttorneyAs with any Vaccine Injury, the NVICP will only compensate persons who receive one of the vaccines covered by the program. The vaccines go by several different names: diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, DTaP, Tdap, DTP, P, DTP-Hib, DT, Td, TT, measles, mumps, rubella, MMR vaccine, hepatitis A vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, Hib, varicella vaccine, chicken pox vaccine, rotavirus vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate, meningococcal, PCV vaccine, Prevnar, polio, OPV, IPV, flu vaccine, trivalent influenza vaccine, seasonal flu vaccine, human papillomavirus vaccine, HPV vaccine, Cervarix, and Gardasil.

Injuries or conditions association with SIRVA include: arm pain, shoulder pain, shoulder dysfunction, limited range of motion or lack of flexibility, inflammation, shoulder bursitis, granuloma, tendinopathy, adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder, post-injection inflammatory reaction, subacromial bursitis, bicipital tendonitis, radiculopathy, humerus contusions, supraspinatus injury, subacromial bursa effusion, impingement syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, rotator cuff injury, Parsonage-Turner syndrome, and brachial neuritis.  Some doctors are even recommending that SIRVA be incorporated into the possible causes of prolonged shoulder pain.

If a person has a SIRVA, they may be entitled to compensation from the NVICP. Claims for compensation to the NVICP are made to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims located in Washington, D.C., by filing a petition.  Most “petitioners” are represented by lawyers. A lawyer representing a petitioner must be admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

When our firm is contacted by a person who believes he, she, or a family member may have suffered a SIRVA or other Vaccine Injury, there is no fee to visit about the claim, or to investigate the claim, or to pursue the claim.  Also, the firm pays the expenses incurred to pursue the claim. Therefore, the case can be handled free of charge. And if the claim is paid, any legal fees and costs are paid separately from the amount the person receives, so that the recovery is not reduced by legal expenses. Therefore, there is no reason for a person to not be represented by a lawyer in a SIRVA or Vaccine Injury claim.

You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. And you can learn more about the NVICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting the Vaccine Injury page and other articles in our Blog.