Case Study: SIRVA

Diagnosis: A season flu vaccine was improperly administered into the right shoulder, causing rotator cuff tendinosis as a result of prior flu vaccination

A 64-year-old man received a flu shot high in his right deltoid at a local pharmacy. He immediately experienced the onset of excruciating pain with the injection. The pain persisted and limited his mobility. Two weeks after the vaccination, he presented to his primary care doctor for treatment. He was prescribed pain medicine, which did not manage his pain, and was referred to physical therapy. He consulted with an orthopedic surgeon and received a cortisone injection, which helped only for a limited time. Ultimately, petitioner had arthroscopic surgery to treat his injured shoulder approximately five months after vaccination. His post-operative treatment consisted of physical therapy and orthopedic follow-up care. However, despite surgical intervention, petitioner was left with residual pain and limited range of motion in his right shoulder.

Result: Petitioner was awarded $100,000 for pain and suffering, in addition to out-of-pocket expenses totaling $1,928.12.