Our lawyers are evaluating lawsuits for people who were diagnosed with a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) after being injected with any type of Pneumococcal vaccine in the shoulder.
Pneumococcal vaccines are also known as “pneumonia vaccines” because they protect against lung infections (pnuemonia) with a type of pneumococcal bacteria called Streptococcus pneumonia. Infections can also cause ear and sinus infections, blood infections, or meningitis, but in most cases the infection is mild.
How is Pneumococcal Vaccine Given?
There are two types of pneumococcal vaccines on the market in the U.S. for adults and children, including:
- PCV13 or Prevnar 13®
- PPSV23 or Pneumovax 23®
Both vaccines are administered with a 0.5-mL injection into the upper arm near the shoulder of older children and adults. In babies and young children, these vaccines are typically injected into the thigh.
Can Pneumococcal Vaccine Cause SIRVA?
When a pneumococcal vaccine is injected too high or too deep into the shoulder, it can potentially cause a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA). This side effect occurs when an improper injection triggers severe pain and shoulder inflammation.
Symptoms of SIRVA After Pneumococcal Vaccines
- Arm pain
- Shoulder pain
- Intense, stabbing pain
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Limited range of motion
- Lack of flexibility
Pneumococcal Vaccine Lawsuits
If you or your child was diagnosed with a shoulder injury (SIRVA) after receiving a pneumococcal vaccine, our lawyers may be able to help you seek up to $250,000 from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Over $70 Million Paid in SIRVA Lawsuits Since 2011
Legal claims filed with the VICP do not always result in compensation, but since 2011, around $70 million has been to around 500 people who developed SIRVA after receiving vaccines. The average payout was $140,000, but the maximum a person can receive is $250,000.