Our lawyers are evaluating lawsuits for anyone who was diagnosed with a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) from the pertussis vaccine.
Pertussis vaccines (also known as “whooping cough vaccines”) are immunizations that protect against a serious lung infection called pertussis (whooping cough) that is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. Pertussis causes weeks of violent non-stop coughing and it can be deadly, especially in babies.
How is Pertussis Vaccine Given?
There are several types of pertussis vaccines, including:
- DTaP (Daptacel®, Infanrix®, Kinrix®, Pediarix®, Pentacel®, and Quadracel®)
- Tdap (Adacel®and Boostrix®)
For adults, teenagers, and children over 2 years old, these pertussis vaccines are injected with a needle into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm, near the shoulder. Infants receive the vaccine in the thigh.
Can Pertussis Vaccine Cause SIRVA?
Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) is a potential side effect of pertussis vaccines that are injected into the shoulder area, typically when the needle accidentally hits sensitive tissues, or it is injected too high or too deep into the shoulder.
Symptoms of SIRVA After Pertussis Vaccines
- Arm pain
- Shoulder pain
- Intense, stabbing pain
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Limited range of motion
- Lack of flexibility
Pertussis Vaccine Lawsuits
If you or your child was diagnosed with SIRVA after receiving DTaP, Tdap, or any other pertussis vaccine, you may be eligible to seek up to $250,000 from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Over $70 Million Paid in SIRVA Lawsuits Since 2011
The VICP does not pay compensation to everyone who is diagnosed with SIRVA, but since 2011, around 500 people with SIRVA have been paid $70 million from the program. The average payout for a SIRVA claim was $140,000 per person, but the maximum payout is $250,000.