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Vaccine Injury Payouts Rise

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 02:52 PM

Government payouts to people hurt by vaccinations are increasing. Louisiana nurse Latasha George received a check for $1 million as a result of damage caused by the flu shot, but the damage wasn't caused by the vaccine itself but by incorrect administration of the shot, reports the Wall Street Journal.

George was among dozens of victims diagnosed with a shoulder injury called Sirva (shoulder injury related to vaccine administration). Shots given too high in the arm — going into the space between joints instead of into the muscle — can damage nerves and cause Sirva.

Since victims are barred from filing suits in state or federal courts for damage caused by a vaccine, the government has set up the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Office of Special Masters to hear claims. The "vaccine court" recently added claims for shoulder problems to the list of injuries eligible to receive damages. They have been increasingly accepting claims for the injury, and now it's being added to the no-fault system.

"Several years ago, we noticed that cases stood out in which injuries were occurring not from a vaccine but from being administered in an improper way," Sarah Atanasoff, medical officer at the Division of Injury Compensation of the Health Resources and Services Administration, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, told the Wall Street Journal.

To be compensated, patients must meet several qualifications, including persistent shoulder pain, a reduced range of motion, and no history of shoulder pain before the injection.

The government has paid about $18 million to 112 Sirva victims since 2011. "Most cases all fall somewhere in the $20,000 to $150,000 range," attorney Paul Brazil told a Philadelphia CBS. station.

Brazil says most of his cases involving Sirva victims involve flu shots, and that many of them got their shots at a pharmacy.

For example, Debby Russo got her vaccine at a pharmacy, and had to undergo surgery to repair damage to her shoulder. She was awarded $108,000. She told CBS, "Do not get a shot of any kind at a pharmacy."

Since it was set up in 1988, the special court has awarded approximately $3.2 billion for injuries, including death, caused by vaccinations.

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