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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 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

Vaccine Resources for Parents

Vaccine Resources for Parents The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend several vaccinations for children from birth through age 18. If you are a parent and you have questions about vaccines, these resources may help you find what you are looking for: 1. What is the Recommended Vaccine Schedule for 2019? Whether you … Continue reading

What Types of Compensation are Available Under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides a source of financial recovery for individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries and illnesses, and it serves as a substitute to filing a traditional lawsuit against a medical provider or pharmaceutical company. Under the VICP, successful claimants can recover three types of financial compensation: (i) medical and rehabilitation … Continue reading

New Study Confirms Flu Shot More Effective Than Prior Nasal Spray Vaccine

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) re-approved use of the nasal spray flu vaccine for the 2018-2019 flu season, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a recommendation that the nasal spray vaccine only be used as a “last resort” due to its low rate of effectiveness in prior years. Now, a … Continue reading

The Reveal: News Investigation Reveals Alarming Facts about SIRVA

“Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration,” or “SIRVA,” are potentially-serious injuries that result from errors during immunizations. While vaccines themselves can be harmful in some circumstances (i.e. when administered to someone who is allergic to a vaccine ingredient), an examination of recent claims filed under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) revealed that about … Continue reading

CDC and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Kick Off 2018–2019 Flu Vaccination Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) encourage flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older unless otherwise advised by their doctors. Although the flu shot’s overall effectiveness varies from year to year, the CDC states that getting immunized is the best way for … Continue reading

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