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Leah Durant

Leah Durant is a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney who specializes in vaccine injury claims covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. These cases are filed before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (more commonly known as the “vaccine court”) in Washington, DC, where she has been admitted to practice since 2008. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Leah Durant is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Leah Durant’s legal practice concentrates on litigating complex vaccine injury and medical related cases. She has an extensive legal background and has experience representing individuals with complex medical claims.
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HRSA Releases English and Spanish Guides to Filing Vaccine Injury Claims

Despite its importance and the fact that it has paid more than $3.9 billion to vaccine recipients since 1989, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) remains relatively unknown. For individuals and families who have been affected by vaccine-related injuries and illnesses, the VICP provides a critical source of financial recovery; and, while some VICP … Continue reading

Vaccine Court Warns of Scams Targeting Vaccine Injury Claimants

Individuals who have been diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries and illnesses have enough to worry about without having to be concerned that they could become victims of fraud. Unfortunately, some scam artists choose to target individuals who have filed claims under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), and the Court of Federal Claims has issued … Continue reading

CDC Offers New Resources to Help Health Care Providers with Vaccinations

For individuals who get vaccinated, one of the greatest risks is not the risk of an adverse reaction to the vaccine itself, but rather the risk of an injury resulting from an error during the vaccination process. Awareness of shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) has grown significantly in recent years, and in 2018 … Continue reading

Reducing the Risk of SIRVA (and Its Long-Term Complications)

With a recent report concluding that vaccination errors account for more than half of all vaccine-related injuries, it is important for individuals who are getting vaccinated to be aware of the steps they (and their healthcare providers) can take to reduce the risk of shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA). Understanding Shoulder Injuries Related … Continue reading

Vaccine Injury FAQs: Questions and Answers for Vaccine Recipients

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a vaccine-related injury or illness, gathering information about your situation can help you start to feel more comfortable and make smart decisions about seeking medical care and protecting your family’s legal rights. These answers to frequently-asked questions (FAQs) are a good place to start: FAQs: … Continue reading

What Information Do You Need to File a VICP Claim?

In order to file a successful claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), it is necessary to submit all required information and comply with the filing requirements established by the Vaccine Court. Among all claims filed with the VICP, the largest portion of unsuccessful claims by far are denied due to basic mistakes … Continue reading

Understanding the Long-Term Costs of SIRVA

For many people, shoulder pain following a vaccination is an early symptom of Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, or “SIRVA.” Awareness of SIRVA has been growing in recent years; and, in 2017, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) added SIRVA to the Vaccine Injury Table under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program … Continue reading

Glossary: Understanding Your Vaccine Injury Claim

While the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides a simplified process for recovering financial compensation after a vaccine injury, understanding your rights – and what you need to do to protect them – can still be a challenge. If you have been diagnosed with a vaccine injury and are trying to learn about your … Continue reading

Is it Possible to Get Sick from the Flu Shot?

If you have heard of people getting sick shortly after getting the flu shot, you are not alone. It is a common misconception that the flu shot can cause influenza – so common, in fact, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found it necessary to dispel the rumor on its website: … Continue reading

Total VICP Payments Surpassed $4 Billion in Early 2019

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal government program that provides a source of financial recovery for individuals who have been diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. While all vaccine-related injuries and illnesses are eligible for compensation under the VICP, most cases involve what are known as “on-table” injuries – medical conditions … Continue reading

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