In 2021, our firm helped more than 100 clients obtain compensation awards under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). In this article, vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant takes a look back at some of our statistics from the year.
1. $9.9 Million in Compensation Awarded
Our clients received a total of approximately $9.9 million in financial compensation in 2021. During its 2021 fiscal year, the VICP paid out just over $208 million in total compensation. This was the highest total since 2017, and the fifth-highest total on record since Congress established the VICP in 1988.
2. Nearly Half of Our Clients Received $100,000 or More
Of the 103 successful VICP claims our firm handled in 2021, 47 (46 percent) resulted in awards of $100,000 or more. This includes awards secured through settlement negotiations as well as through litigation before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (also known as the Vaccine Court) in Washington D.C.
3. Largest Award in 2021: $241,000
The largest award we secured for a client in 2021 was $241,206. This client was diagnosed with a shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) after receiving a flu shot in 2016. While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) disputed our client’s claim, we were able to secure a favorable ruling in the Vaccine Court.
4. Approximately 80 Percent of Our Cases Involved SIRVA
Approximately 80 percent of the VICP cases we handled in 2021 involved shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration. This included cases involving SIRVA linked to the influenza, Tdap, hepatitis B, and pneumococcal vaccines. The vast majority of our SIRVA cases involved the flu shot, with just 15 cases involving other vaccinations.
5. We Also Represented Several Clients Diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
Last year we represented 15 clients who had been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) after receiving flu shots and Tdap vaccinations. We also represented one client who was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a chronic variant of GBS, after receiving a flu shot in 2017. We have seen a rise in GBS cases in recent years.
6. 81 Percent of Our Successful Cases Involved Flu Shot Injuries
Of the 103 clients we helped obtain compensation under the VICP in 2021, 83 (81 percent) had been diagnosed with vaccine injuries linked to the annual flu shot. This is consistent with our experience in prior years, and the majority of all compensated claims filed under the VICP have involved flu shot injuries.
7. We Also Filed Successful Claims On Behalf of Clients Who Received the Td, Tdap, Hepatitis B and Rotavirus Vaccines
In addition to our flu shot injury cases, we also handled cases involving the Td, Tdap, hepatitis B and rotavirus vaccines in 2021. The majority of these cases involved SIRVA caused by the Tdap vaccine.
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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.