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The Sudden and Painful Effects of Brachial Neuritis after a Vaccine

By: Anapol Weiss

Brachial neuritis is an extremely painful condition that’s exacerbated by the simplest of movements. A person who develops brachial neuritis after a vaccine can suffer intense pain for a few hours up to several weeks, but low-grade pain and arm weakness may persist for up to a year.

The condition, which is also known as neuralgic amyotrophy or Parsonage-Turner syndrome, can develop days or weeks after a person receives a vaccine such as:

  • Tetanus (such as DTaP, DTP, DT, Td, or TT)

  • Gardasil (HPV)

  • Pertussis (such as DTP, DTaP, P, or DTP-Hib)

  • Diphtheria

  • Influenza (flu)

Sometimes, it’s so painful to move the affected muscles that a person can suffer atrophy in the area.

Brachial neuritis is an extremely rare reaction to a vaccine, but when it develops, it happens without warning and can change a person’s life. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) allows victims to seek compensation for expenses related to their injuries, and the attorneys at Anapol Weiss have successfully represented many vaccine injury victims through this program. If certain minimal requirements are met, the VICP will pay for lawyers’ fees and other legal costs related to the claim, regardless of whether a victim is paid for vaccine injuries or death.