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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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7 Key Facts about the Annual Flu Shot

The 2020-2021 flu season is approaching, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently released their recommendations for the formulations of the annual flu shot heading into next year. Here, vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant answers some frequently-asked questions about flu season, the annual flu shot and the potential risks associated … Continue reading

Can the Flu Shot Cause Optic Neuritis?

Optic neuritis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the optic nerve. This inflammation can cause pain and vision loss; and, as explained by Johns Hopkins Medicine, “[l]oss of vision in optic neuritis commonly reaches its maximum effect within a few days and starts improving within 4 to 12 weeks.” While the precise cause … Continue reading

What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)?

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal government initiative established in 1988 that provides a source of monetary recovery for individuals and families who have experienced vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. While the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for adults and children are generally considered safe, injuries … Continue reading

What are the CDC’s Vaccine Recommendations for 2020?

Each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) release updated vaccine recommendations for children, teens and adults. While the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedules do not change significantly from year to year (and some years do not change at all), it is still important for parents and adult vaccine recipients to stay up-to-date … Continue reading

What are Ordinary Side Effects of DTaP, Tdap, DT and Td?

The DTaP, Tdap, DT and Td vaccines provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis in various formulations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccination against all three of these diseases beginning at six weeks of age, with the DTaP, Tdap, DT and Td vaccines being specifically recommended for different patient populations. … Continue reading

How Long Do You Have to Seek Financial Compensation for SIRVA?

If you have been diagnosed with brachial neuritis, shoulder bursitis or any other type of shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA), there is a lot you need to know. From dealing with unexpected medical bills to coping daily with chronic pain and physical limitations, a SIRVA diagnosis can impact nearly all aspects of your … Continue reading

A Comprehensive Review of Our VICP Claim Results in 2019

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 … Continue reading

What are “Pain and Suffering” Damages for a Vaccine Injury?

For adults and parents of children who are diagnosed with vaccine injuries, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides a source of financial recovery. Under the VICP, successful claimants are entitled to compensation for the medical bills and loss of income they incur as a result of their (or their children’s) injuries, and they … Continue reading

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

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