If you have ever had an adverse reaction to a vaccine, you likely feel confused and scared. You might be wondering, “How could this happen? Vaccines are supposed to keep me safe, not hurt me”. Unfortunately, vaccine injuries do occur.

Brachial Neuritis is a painful condition people may experience because of receiving a vaccination. If you’ve been diagnosed with Brachial Neuritis after receiving a vaccine, you could be eligible for compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).


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What is Brachial Neuritis?

Brachial Neuritis, also known as Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, is characterized by the inflammation of the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that runs from your spinal cord to your chest, shoulder, arm, and hand. People who suffer from Brachial Neuritis experience pain in those areas.

Brachial Neuritis usually just affects one side of the body. It can present as abrupt onset of acute shoulder or upper arm discomfort. However, it can also affect nerves in other areas of the body.

Other Names for Brachial Neuritis

There are several other names for Brachial Neuritis, including:

  • Parsonage-Turner Syndrome

  • Brachial Plexitis

  • Brachial Plexopathy

  • Neuralgic Amyotrophy

  • Brachial Neuropathy

What Causes Brachial Neuritis?

The exact cause of Brachial Neuritis isn’t completely understood or known. Sometimes, it occurs in relation to another illness or injury. Other times, it can occur without explanation. Brachial Neuritis can develop as a result of disease or trauma, and occasionally after receiving a vaccination. Brachial Neuritis is included on the vaccine injury compensation table in relation to DTaP and other vaccines.

Brachial Neuritis Symptoms

Typically, Brachial Neuritis starts out as pain in the upper arm or shoulder. In the hours or days that follow, the pain changes to weakness, limpness, or paralysis, followed by a lack of muscle control and a lack of sensation or feeling in the affected shoulder or arm.

Symptoms may slowly improve over months or years, depending on the condition.

Treating Brachial Neuritis

Brachial Neuritis can occasionally be misdiagnosed as cervical spine disease, rotator cuff disease, or entrapment neuropathies, resulting in needless therapies.

Available treatments often attempt to make patients more mobile and in less pain. Doctors may provide:

  • Corticosteroids

  • Analgesics

  • Immobilization

  • Physical Therapy

How Do I Receive Compensation Through the NVICP for Vaccine-Related Brachial Neuritis?

Brachial Neuritis is considered an adverse reaction that can be compensated under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The NVICP is a federal program that was created to compensate people who have been injured by certain vaccines.

In order to take advantage of the NVICP, you must file a petition with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. There are specific rules that must be followed when submitting a claim. An experienced vaccine attorney can help you navigate the process and help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Infants, kids, teenagers, and adults whose Brachial Neuritis is connected to a vaccine may pursue claims for compensation through the NVICP. Parents or guardians will need to file on behalf of minors. For cases in which the injured person died, a representative of that person’s estate can file a petition.

Don't wait to pursue compensation if you think a vaccination caused Brachial Neuritis in you or a loved one. There are time restrictions to file a claim. The sooner you file, the better your chances are of being awarded compensation for your vaccine injury claim.

How Much Does It Cost to File a Claim with the VICP?

One of the great benefits of the VICP is that it covers attorneys’ fees and expenses! You can file a claim with the VICP at no cost to you.

How Long Do I Have to File a VICP Claim After Receiving a Vaccine?

Just like many other areas of law, vaccine injury claims have a statute of limitations.

For cases where the petitioner did not die, the statute of limitations is 3 years from the first onset of symptoms. For cases where the petitioner did die, the statute of limitations is 24 months from the date of death but not more than 4 years from the date of vaccination.

It's important to keep these dates in mind so you don't miss them! If you believe you've suffered an adverse reaction to a vaccine, the time to act is now.

How Much Compensation Can I Receive Through the NVICP?

The amount of compensation you can receive is dependent on your situation, the severity of your symptoms, how long they lasted, and other factors. With some exceptions, there typically is no set compensation amount for specific vaccine injuries. However, depending on the severity of your vaccine-related injuries and damages, the compensation you receive can be substantial. You can receive compensation for past and future lost wages, past and future unreimbursed medical expenses, and past and future pain and suffering.

Receiving compensation through the NVICP is complex, which is why it’s important to consult with a vaccine injury lawyer. An experienced vaccine attorney will be able to help you better understand your options.

Consult with a Vaccine Injury Lawyer

An experienced vaccine injury attorney can help you prove your case. At DuPont & Blumenstiel, we have developed a process that allows us to efficiently and effectively present the progression of your symptoms after receiving a vaccine and prove to the Court that the vaccine caused your injuries.

We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.

For any additional inquiries regarding brachial neuritis and other vaccine injuries, call us today at 614-389-9711.

Want to learn more about the NVICP? Download our Consumer's Guide to Vaccine-Related Injuries here.


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