April 8, 2020 — Regulators are quietly circulating a proposal to end payouts for vaccine shoulder injuries after a recent surge in claims.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) argues that shoulder injuries shouldn’t qualify for compensation because they are caused by improperly-placed injections — not vaccine ingredients.
Lawyers are pushing back, claiming it is unfair to deny mechanic-type injury claims that have left hundreds of people with debilitating pain.
Unlike typical drug-injury lawsuits, payouts for vaccine injuries come from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
The program currently has $4 billion to give to people who were injured by vaccines, financed by a $0.75 tax on the sale of every vaccine in the U.S.
In the last two years, petitions for Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) have swamped the vaccine court. Over 54% of all claims in 2018 and 2019 involved this injury.
Payouts for shoulder injuries have also increased. The court paid a total of $119 million from 2016 through 2019, with individual payouts ranging from $50,000 to $123,000.
Most of the victims are adults who got flu shots. SIRVA is believed to occur when the needle is injected too high or too deep into the shoulder, resulting in chronic inflammation and shoulder pain.
Do I have a Vaccine Shoulder Injury Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting vaccine induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Vaccine Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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