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Mr. Trotz was recognized from 2019-2024 as a Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star. Mr. Trotz is also a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association where he serves on the Executive Committee. READ OUR EDITORIAL GUIDELINES

Mr. Trotz was recognized from 2019-2023 as a Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star. Mr. Trotz is also a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association where he serves on the Executive Committee. READ OUR EDITORIAL GUIDELINES

Mr. Trotz was recognized from 2019-2024 as a Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star. Mr. Trotz is also a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association where he serves on the Executive Committee. READ OUR EDITORIAL GUIDELINES

Most people don’t suffer serious side effects from vaccines, but problems result in some cases. Dealing with a vaccine-related condition can be serious, stressful, and even life-threatening. If you or your loved one have been affected, you may be eligible to receive compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. NST Law’s vaccine injury lawyers can help build your case. 

Vaccines are a critical part of controlling infectious diseases globally. They prevent outbreaks of often fatal illnesses, such as tetanus, polio, and measles, and protect the population against the spread of the flu each year. 

While vaccines are generally safe and do not harm most people, they can cause injury in rare cases. Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, or SIRVA, and Guillain-Barre Syndrome are common examples of conditions that may result from a vaccine. Sometimes, vaccine injuries even lead to lifelong or fatal complications. If you are struggling with a post-vaccine condition, finding the right vaccine injury lawyer is crucial. The skilled team at NST Law is ready to help you and your family understand your options and get justice through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

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Common Vaccine-Related Injuries

Vaccines are administered to infants, young children, and adults and may require single or multiple doses. Some vaccines, such as tetanus shots, may be given after an accident or injury, and some are administered when someone plans to visit another country. 

Each vaccine has possible side effects, including pain at the injection site, fever, chills, rash, and headaches. Most common side effects go away and are not serious. However, sometimes vaccine injuries cause severe or lasting problems and may lead to a lawsuit.

Understanding common injuries caused by vaccines will help you identify a problem and get help. The Tennessee vaccine injury lawyers at NST Law are here to answer any questions you have about vaccine injury lawsuits. 

Below are some of the most common severe conditions that result from vaccines.


Anaphylaxis is usually a mild or moderate allergic reaction but can become life-threatening. In rare cases, anaphylaxis can result from a vaccine allergy. Common symptoms include trouble breathing, fever, hives, dizziness, fainting, a fast heartbeat, nausea, and vomiting. 

Brachial Neuritis

Brachial neuritis is a shoulder or upper-extremity injury caused by nerve damage. It has been linked to vaccines in rare cases. Brachial neuritis can cause pain, weakness, lack of muscle control in the arm or shoulder, numbness, and paralysis.


SIRVA, or shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, is a severe injury that can happen when a vaccine is injected into the shoulder capsule instead of the deltoid. Those with SIRVA will likely experience shoulder pain, weakness, and poor range of motion. A significant number of SIRVA lawsuits have been filed in recent years over improper vaccine administration.

Vasovagal Syncope

This condition results when the body reacts to trauma or distress, such as after receiving a vaccine or seeing blood. Vasovagal syncope is associated with fainting and a loss of consciousness.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Guillain-Barre occurs when the immune system damages the nerves. It usually requires hospitalization. This disorder can cause tingling, numbness, and weakness in the extremities. It may occur in rare cases after getting the flu vaccine.

Encephalopathy or Encephalitis

Encephalopathy involves decreased oxygen circulation to the brain, which could cause brain damage. While extremely rare, encephalopathy may be linked to instances of vaccine injury.

Encephalitis is a different condition that happens when brain tissue gets inflamed from infection and, although very uncommon, may be linked to vaccines

Symptoms of these disorders include seizures, neurological dysfunction, and an altered mental state.


Intussusception is a life-threatening condition in which part of the intestine folds into the next segment of the intestine. There is a very small risk of contracting intussusception with the rotavirus vaccine.  

Chronic Arthritis

Chronic, or rheumatoid, arthritis involves inflammation in the joints and other body parts. Vaccines have been found to cause arthritis flare-ups in some patients. It can cause severe pain and swelling and eventually lead to deformities or bone problems.


In rare cases, the polio vaccine may cause polio and polio-related symptoms. People with polio may exhibit fever, neck pain or stiffness, vomiting, headache, paralysis, and other symptoms. Sometimes there are no symptoms of polio, but it is sometimes fatal.


The chickenpox, or varicella, vaccine is commonly administered to children and adults who haven’t previously contracted it. Chickenpox is highly contagious and is associated with rashes, lesions, and fever. The vaccine has been found to cause mild chickenpox in 1 to 5 percent of people who get the varicella vaccine.

How To File a Vaccine Injury Lawsuit

Most people don’t have any serious issues after receiving a vaccine, but severe problems sometimes occur. If you or a family member has sustained a vaccine injury, talk to an attorney about your options. Anyone who has experienced serious symptoms after getting a vaccine can pursue legal options.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, or VICP, is a federal program that compensates victims of vaccine injuries. The program provides an alternative to the formal legal process. The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, administers the program. Congress created it in the 1980s following an increase in lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers and health care organizations. Government officials had worried that the pending litigation would threaten vaccine supplies and cause vaccination rates to decrease.

If you believe a covered vaccine injured you, you can file a petition under the program with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  The court will ultimately decide whether to award compensation and how much will be awarded.

The program doesn’t cover some vaccines. Also, conditions must last more than six months or lead to hospitalization and surgery. 

If you wish to pursue a claim with National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, you need a skilled lawyer to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Talk to a vaccine injury attorney at NST Law today about your case. We have many years of experience with these types of settlements for our clients.

Types of Vaccines Eligible for VCIP Compensation

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program covers the following vaccines:

  • Diphtheria (DTP, DTaP, Tdap, DT, Td)
  • Haemophilus influenza type b polysaccharide conjugate vaccines (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A (HAV)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Seasonal influenza (flu)
  • Measles (MMR, MMRV)
  • Mumps (MMR, MMRV)
  • Meningococcal (MenACWY, MPSV4, MenB)
  • Pertussis (DTP, DTaP, Tdap)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV) (Note: the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV, PPV) is not covered)
  • Polio (OPV, IPV)
  • Rotavirus (RV)
  • Rubella (MMR, MMRV, R)
  • Tetanus (Td, DTaP)
  • Varicella (VAR, MMRV, chickenpox)

The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, non-seasonal flu vaccines, and the herpes zoster vaccine are not covered by the program. You can find the full list of covered vaccines on the HRSA website

Compensation for Vaccine Injury Lawsuits

Under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, victims can receive these types of compensation:

  • Economic damages: These include medical expenses, lost wages, and other quantifiable losses.
  • Non-economic damages: These include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other harder-to-measure impacts on life. 

Even when the cause of injury can’t be directly linked to vaccination, some petitions are successful, and settlements may be reached. HRSA data shows that 60 percent of compensation awarded through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is from negotiated settlements for injuries not conclusively caused by a vaccine. 

The amount of compensation you can receive varies. Work with an experienced vaccine injury attorney so you receive the award you deserve.

Why Choose NST Law as Your Vaccine Injury Lawyer

No matter the kind of vaccine-related injury you’re dealing with, a Tennessee vaccine injury lawyer can help you understand the legal system and the potential outcomes for you and your family. 

NST Law has a team of skilled, knowledgeable attorneys ready to help you with your claim. We understand how stressful and painful injuries can be and will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the NST Law team to learn how our champions for the injured can support you.

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