At the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, our practice is devoted to representing individuals and families in vaccine injury claims under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Each year, we handle hundreds of claims, and we recover millions of dollars in compensation for our clients’ medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Now that 2019 is in the books, we thought we’d take the time to look back at our VICP case results from the year. Here are some of the highlights:
1. We Secured Compensation for 60 Clients Under the VICP in 2019
In 2019, we secured VICP compensation in 60 cases. This includes cases filed in previous years, and it excludes cases we filed in 2019 that had not been resolved by the end of the year. Based on data published by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), this means that our firm handled just under 10 percent of all compensated VICP claims in 2019.
2. We Secured Over $14 Million in Compensation for Our Clients in 2019
In total, we secured $14,473,209 in compensation for our clients under the VICP in 2019. This includes one award of nearly $7.8 million for a client diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) following a flu shot, and it includes 20 awards between $100,000 and $1,000,000. Excluding our $7.8 million victory, the average award received by our firm’s clients in 2019 was approximately $113,000.
3. The Substantial Majority of Our Clients Were Diagnosed with Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)
Of the 60 compensation awards we secured for our clients in 2019, 53 involved claims for shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA). In addition to SIRVA, we also secured compensation for clients who had been diagnosed with GBS, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) and Bell’s Palsy.
4. Most of Our Clients’ Injuries Resulted from the Annual Flu Shot
Of the 60 compensation awards we secured for our clients in 2019, 49 involved injuries caused by the annual flu shot. The remaining 11 claims involved SIRVA related to tetanus vaccinations, including Td and TDAP. These figures are generally consistent with the HRSA’s overall VICP claim data, which show that the flu shot and tetanus vaccines account for well over half of all successful claims filed.
5. We Resolved the Majority of Our Cases Via Settlement
In the majority of cases, we were able to secure compensation for our clients by negotiating settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys that represent the government in VICP claims. In a typical case, once the Vaccine Court issued a ruling of entitlement, we would successfully negotiate a settlement which resulted in a “proffer” being submitted for the court’s approval.
Do You have a Vaccine Injury Claim? Contact Vaccine Attorney Leah V. Durant
If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with GBS, SIRVA, or any other vaccine-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. To discuss your legal rights with vaccine attorney Leah V. Durant, please call 202-800-1711 or request a free consultation online today.
Leah Durant Bio
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.