Brachial Neuritis from Vaccines: Causes, Effects and Claims Under the VICP

Brachial neuritis is a neurological condition that can cause symptoms lasting for months, and in some cases for several years. Since brachial impairs many people’s ability to work, it can prove extremely expensive, and it can also negatively impact many other aspects of people’s day-to-day lives. Fortunately, financial compensation is available in some cases, and those who have been diagnosed with brachial neuritis after receiving any type of tetanus vaccine should speak with a vaccine lawyer about their legal rights.

Brachial neuritis is one of several medical conditions covered under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP is a federal government program that covers the financial and non-financial costs of many types of vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. Eligible individuals and families can file VICP claims on a no-fault basis (meaning that proof of a vaccination error isn’t required to recover compensation), and they can hire a vaccine lawyer to represent them at no cost.

Understanding the Cause of Brachial Neuritis

From a purely medical perspective, the cause of brachial neuritis remains unknown. Medical scientists have not yet discovered the specific issue that triggers this neurological condition. However, from a more practical perspective, we do generally know that brachial neuritis can result from a traumatic injury. As Johns Hopkins Medicine explains:

“In some instances, the symptoms of brachial neuritis seem to be related to another illness or injury. At other times, however, the pain and weakness associated with the disease occur without any explanation.”

With regard to injuries, this includes injuries caused by certain vaccines. Specifically, several cases of brachial neuritis have been linked to the vaccines for tetanus, including:

  • DTaP
  • DTP
  • DT
  • Td
  • TT

Why this is the case remains unknown. However, the link between tetanus vaccines and brachial neuritis is strong enough that it has been recognized by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The HRSA administers the VICP, and it identifies covered vaccine-related injuries on the Vaccine Injury Table. Brachial neuritis is listed as a covered injury for all of the tetanus vaccines listed above, regardless of their manufacturer, provided that symptoms onset between 2 and 28 days after vaccination.

Understanding the Effects of Brachial Neuritis from a Tetanus Vaccine

Brachial neuritis affects the brachial plexus, which is a group of nerves that run through the shoulder, carrying signals between the spinal cord and the arms and hands. As a result, the symptoms of brachial neuritis affect the shoulders, arms and hands as well. In cases of brachial neuritis caused by a tetanus vaccine, the vaccine recipient will experience symptoms on the side of the body where the vaccine was administered.

As identified by Johns Hopkins Medicine, the symptoms of brachial neuritis caused by a tetanus vaccine may include:

  • Severe arm and shoulder pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Loss of sensation in the arm and shoulder
  • Limpness of the arm and hand

In the most severe cases, brachial neuritis can cause paralysis of the affected shoulder, arm and hand. While this normally isn’t permanent, the symptoms of brachial neuritis “typically resolve slowly over the course of a few months or a few years.” As a result, brachial neuritis diagnoses can truly be life-changing, and this makes it extremely important for patients and their families to talk to a lawyer about seeking financial compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Filing a VICP Claim for Brachial Neuritis from a Tetanus Vaccine

The VICP is a unique program in several respects. Not only does it allow eligible vaccine recipients and families to recover just compensation without proof of a medical mistake (which would be required to sue a healthcare provider in court), but it also covers both the financial and non-financial costs of successful claimants’ vaccine injuries.

However, filing a successful VICP claim is not a straightforward process. There are several key steps involved, and there are several mistakes that claimants need to avoid. As a result, while hiring a lawyer isn’t required, it is strongly recommended; and, again, claimants can hire a vaccine lawyer to represent them at no cost.

Do you think that you may have a VICP claim for brachial neuritis (or are you unsure and would like to find out)? If so, here are the steps you should take to start the process:

1. Locate Your (or Your Loved One’s) Vaccination Record

If possible, you should locate your (or your loved one’s) tetanus vaccination record. Filing a VICP claim does not require proof of fault; it does require proof of vaccination. The date of vaccination is important as well, as the VICP only covers brachial neuritis when symptoms onset between 2 and 28 days following immunization.

2. Collect Any Medical Records You Have Related to Your (or Your Loved One’s) Brachial Neuritis Diagnosis

You should also do your best to collect any medical records you have related to your (or your loved one’s) brachial neuritis diagnosis. These records will also be essential for establishing your claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. They will be important for determining the value of your claim as well, as past medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost income due to inability to work, and pain and suffering are all covered under the VICP.

3. Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation with a Vaccine Lawyer

Finally, you should schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a vaccine lawyer. Getting the advice you need costs nothing, and it will allow you to make informed decisions about your next steps.

Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation with Vaccine Lawyer Leah V. Durant

If you would like to know more about filing a claim for brachial neuritis caused by a tetanus vaccine under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, we invite you to get in touch. We represent vaccine recipients and families nationwide. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with vaccine lawyer Leah V. Durant, please call 202-800-1711 or tell us how we can get in touch online today.

 

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Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.