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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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What is a Live-Attenuated Vaccine? Is it Safe?

What are live-attenuated vaccines? Are they safe for children and adults? Is there a risk that you could get a disease as the result of an immunization with a live-attenuated vaccine? These are all common questions; and, if you are wondering about the safety risks associated with vaccinations, it is good that you are doing … Continue reading

“Historic” Flu Season Continues – Should You Get Vaccinated?

As the 2017-2018 flu season drags on, a record number of people are seeking treatment for the flu and related medical conditions. According to Bloomberg.com: “A historically bad flu season has sent Americans to the doctor in droves . . . . Hospitalization rates for flu have reached record levels, according to the Centers for … Continue reading

Taking Advantage of the Holiday Break to Get Your Family Vaccinated? Here’s What You Need to Know about Vaccine Injuries

If you are taking advantage of the holiday break to get your family vaccinated, it is important to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of the most common vaccine-related illnesses and injuries. Unfortunately, while all CDC-recommended vaccines are generally considered safe, getting vaccinated still carries the risk for certain medical conditions related to vaccine ingredients and … Continue reading

Not Sure if You or Your Child Needs a Vaccination? There’s an App for That

As a parent, keeping up with your children’s vaccinations can be a challenge. With some vaccines requiring multiple doses in sequences, others requiring booster shots over time, and others still needing to be administered on an annual basis, making sure your family’s immunizations are up-to-date is not nearly as easy as it sounds. But many … Continue reading

CDC and AAP Release Pediatric Vaccine Recommendations for 2017

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated recommendations for childhood vaccinations. The new recommendations are effective for 2017; and, while they are largely similar to 2016’s recommendations, there are a few noteworthy changes. Important Changes to the Recommended Childhood Vaccines 1. Children Should Not … Continue reading

Do Vaccines Work? CDC Says Evidence is Conclusive

Although safe and effective for a majority of people, as with any medical treatment vaccines can be accompanied by a number of potential risks.  Ranging from short-term soreness and limited range of motion to more serious neurological effects, vaccine-related injuries and illnesses have varying levels of severity, with many requiring prompt medical treatment in order … Continue reading

CDC: Three Ways to Reduce Risk of Influenza

While, for most of us, getting the flu means suffering through discomfort and missing several days from school or work, influenza presents some serious potential health risks, and each year 12,000 to 56,000 people die from complications associated with the flu. To reduce the risk of infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … Continue reading

Learn About Shoulder Pain or Injury That May Result Following the Annual Flu Vaccine

As we approach the peak of the 2016-2017 flu season, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging people to be vaccinated with the annual flu vaccine. Vaccination rates have been declining in recent years, and health officials are seeking to reverse this trend. Despite the 2015-2016 flu vaccination’s limited effectiveness, … Continue reading

Steps to Avoiding Shoulder Injuries Due to Vaccine

Vaccine-related shoulder injuries are avoidable. Since these injuries result from errors that occur during the administration of a vaccine, this means that (i) all vaccine recipients are equally at risk, and (ii) it is possible to avoid these injuries by following the appropriate protocols. For medical professionals who administer vaccines, it is critical to know … Continue reading

Top Five Symptoms of Vaccine Shoulder Injuries

As we reported earlier this year, the Vaccine Court in Washington D.C. has recently seen an increase in compensation claims involving shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (or “SIRVA”).  If you are preparing to get vaccinated or have recently received a vaccination, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of these potentially-dangerous … Continue reading

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