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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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$135,000 Awarded to Prevnar Recipient Diagnosed with SIRVA

Prevnar is the name-brand pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all children under the age of two and all adults age 65 and older receive a Prevnar immunization. Vaccination against pneumococcal disease with Prevnar is also recommended for individuals between the ages of two and 65 who have … Continue reading

CDC Launches Interactive Vaccine Guide for Families with Children

As a parent, it can be difficult to keep up with your children’s vaccinations. This is especially true if you switch doctors or go to a local clinic or pharmacy for immunizations. Recollections of doctor’s visits fade as the years go by; and, while your children’s vaccinations are important, it is understandable if you do … Continue reading

Know When to Seek Help After a Painful Vaccination

You just got home from the clinic or doctor’s office, and you are in pain. You know that some amount of discomfort is normal, but you don’t remember it being this bad last time you got vaccinated. Should you seek a diagnosis? Should you wait to see if your condition worsens? Or, is it safe … Continue reading

American Academy of Pediatrics Reports Increase in Cases of SIRVA

While shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) was already among the most-common vaccine-related injury, recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported that, “[d]ata from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System suggest SIRVA is being reported with increasing frequency.” The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a program maintained by the U.S. Centers … Continue reading

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

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