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Often times, those who bear the hardship of an accident assume that no one’s at fault — that they’re simply victims of fate. Hey accidents just happen, right? Wrong!

Our New York based personal injury law firm, which has been in practice for over 30 years, understands that accidents don’t just happen.

That many, if not most “accidents” are caused by the careless, negligent or reckless conduct of others and that you and your family are entitled to be compensated for your injury, suffering, medical and hospital care, current and future wage loss and the cost of future care and rehabilitation.

Our nationally recognized New York personal injury attorneys with special emphasis on brain injury cases will assist you with your negligence or medical malpractice case. With over 30 years of legal experience, we handle cases involving brain injury and other catastrophic injuries caused by vehicular, premises, construction accidents and medical malpractice.

Our partner, Michael Kaplen is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law school, teaching the only course in traumatic brain injury law in the nation.  Our partner, Shana De Caro is the chair of the American Association of Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.  They possess an extraordinary combination of knowledge, experience and compassion to assist you in your personal injury case.

The experienced New York trial attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP handle cases of brain injury and other personal injury caused by automobile accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, truck accidents. construction site accidents, accidents caused by negligent landlords and property owners and medical malpractice on the part of doctors, hospitals and nursing homes.

If No One is Accountable, No One is Safe

Our New York based personal injury attorneys work to insure that you or your family member have a fair ability to obtain justice through the legal system when injury or death takes place as a result of the negligence, misconduct or medical malpractice of others.

We are dedicated to promoting legal accountability and safety and holding those responsible in our courts.

Negligent drivers, truck or bus operators, landlords, construction site owners and contractors, physicians, hospitals and nursing homes need to be held accountable when they injure or kill.  When no one is accountable, no one is safe.

New York Personal Injury Attorneys Pursuing Justice with a passion

What sets us apart from most personal injury law firms is our commitment and passion to protect the rights of brain injury victims.  De Caro & Kaplen, LLP Provides Compassionate Legal Representation to the Victims of Negligence and Their Families

Shana De Caro

Shana De Caro

The law firm of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP assists individuals throughout New York City and New York State with personal injury and medical malpractice claims.

We represent individuals in cases involving:

 

Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers–Experienced Brain Injury Lawyers

We will put our experience, skill and resources to work for you.

Selected as Preferred Attorneys—Brain Injury Association of America
Selected as New York Super Lawyers

You’ve come to the right place for help in finding legal representation. The Brain Injury Association of America has recognized the skills and experience of our New York brain injury law firm by listing De Caro & Kaplen, LLP as “Preferred Attorneys”

Attorneys in the Brain Injury Association of America Preferred Lawyer Program “know the carelessness of others changes lives in an instant. They know the physical, cognitive, emotional, and financial tolls a brain injury can inflict on individuals and their families. Firms enrolled in the BIAA Preferred Attorneys Program know the stakes are high and that settling for less has lifelong consequences.”

Michael Kaplen at the White House

Michael Kaplen at the White House

Having achieved many honors and years of experience as a brain injury attorney, Michael Kaplen is more than qualified to represent you in your personal injury case. He is a Professorial Lecturer at Law at The George Washington University Law School teaching the only course in traumatic brain injury law in the country. He has served for three terms as president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and as chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Group of the American Association for Justice.  He is president of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys and  a member of the Board of Advisors of the American Association of Plaintiff’s Interstate Trucking Attorneys and the Advisory Board of the Interstate Bus Accident Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Melvin M. Belli Society. New York personal injury attorney, Michael V. Kaplen is board certified in the area of civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and in medical malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Florida and the District of Columbia..

New York personal injury attorneywhite house Shana De Caro is chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice and 1st Vice President of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys. Shana serves as the elected secretary and member of the Board of Trustees for the Civil Justice Foundation. Shana De Car
o has been elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Melvin M. Belli Society and serves as a member of the Ask The Expert Panel for BrainLine. She is a member of the  Advisory Board of the Interstate Bus Accident Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.   She is a Graduate of Marquette University, College of Health Sciences, Neuro Anatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord. She was also the primary legal assistant to a Justice of the Supreme Court in Kings County (Brooklyn) and a member of the Medical Malpractice mediation panel of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. She was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in American Women and is a New York Super Lawyer.

New York Personal Injury Attorneys, Michael V. Kaplen and Shana De Caro are members of the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and have both been selected as New York Super Lawyers

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms are often not appreciated by many persona l injury attorneys.   With over three decades of experience, our knowledgeable New York personal injury and brain injury attorney team will address every one of your concerns with professionalism and integrity, keeping you informed of the progress of your case, as we work toward obtaining the compensation that justice requires.

Trusted, Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Both Michael Kaplen and Shana De Caro each have over 30 years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice causing brain damage and other personal  injuries. They have successfully represented victims of nursing home abuse, surgical errors, anesthesia errors, failure to diagnose and treat strokes, birth trauma and improper emergency room diagnosis and treatment.

Michael Kaplen and Shana De Caro are New York medical malpractice attorneys with a national reputation.  They each have served as members of the New York State Medical Malpractice Mediation Panels created by the State of New York to examine medical malpractice claims. They are active members of the American Association for Justice and are  members of the American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group, Birth Trauma Litigation Group and Medical Negligence Litigation Group as well as the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. Michael Kaplen is board certified in Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and serves as a member of their Board of Directors.

Michael Kaplen

Michael Kaplen

We’ve Discovered A New Way To Represent Victims of Brain Damage Injuries–With Compassion

You are entitled to a compassionate personal injury lawyer who understands the level of confusion and distress that you may be facing. We will spend the time to understand your case fully — plus — you will not be charged any fees in advance, as we work on a contingency basis.

Dealing with the pains and perils that traumatic brain injury causes is far from easy. Finding the counsel you and your loved ones deserve along with answers to questions about your severe head injury and other related mishaps can seem complicated.  With De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, as your New York personal injury lawyers, the information you should rightfully demand is just a phone call away.

Shana De Caro is the Chair of the American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.  Michael Kaplen is a past chair of this group of attorneys representing brain injury victims throughout the United States.

We are proud to focus our law practice on representing survivors of brain injury and their family members throughout New York City and New York State. We also represent clients nationally.  We represent clients in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. We also represent individuals in Long Island including both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We handle cases in Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Ulster counties. We represent injured individuals in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and surrounding areas. Plus, we are prepared to assist you in both state and federal court with your traumatic brain injury case or other personal injury case.

Our law firm has successfully represented accident victims of brain injury, brain damage, severe head injury, traumatic epilepsy, concussion, coma, spinal cord injury, stroke, birth injury, orthopedic injury including fractures, nerve damage and injuries causing wrongful death as a result of car accidents, bus accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, work place-construction site accidents, unsafe premises. We have successfully represent individuals with bed sores caused by poor nursing and hospital care and victims of  nursing home abuse.

The Burden of Traumatic Brain Injuries in New York State

According to the New York State Department of Health, each year in New York State:

  • 2,100 individual will die from brain damage injuries
  • 18,500 hospitalizations will take place as a result of a traumatic brain injury
  • 82,000 individuals will visit an emergency department as a result of brain damage injuries
  • $860 million in hospital charges will be incurred as a result of traumatic brain injuries

In New York State, falls, motor vehicle crashes and assaults are the leading causes of TBI.

The personal injury attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP represent accident victims throughout New York, the District of Columbia and Florida. Nationwide, we will work with local attorneys on your case.

We represent victims of personal injury and brain injury caused by automobile accidents, bus accidents, train accidents and truck accidents. We also represent as result of a construction site accident, unsafe building, landlord negligence, medical malpractice, hospital malpractice and nursing home abuse.

In New York State, the personal injury attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP handle cases both downstate and upstate. In New York City, we represent clients in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Richmond and Queens. In Long Island, we represent clients in Nassau and Suffolk. We represent clients in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. We represent accident victims throughout the Hudson Valley in Columbia, Dutchess, Ulster counties. Upstate, we represent accident victims in and around Albany, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Saratoga, Syracuse, Utica and surrounding areas.

We represent victims of personal injury throughout Florida including in and around: Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Miami Beach, Palm Beach, Sarasota, and Tampa.

We can represent you for your personal injuries in the District of Columbia.

Our Credentials

Michael Kaplen

Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School

Past Chair
New York State Traumatic
Brain Injury Coordinating Council

3 Term President
Brain Injury Association of
New York State

Past Chair
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation
Group: American Association
For Justice

Past Chair
Motor Vehicle, Highway, Premises
Liability Section: American Association
For Justice

President
American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys
National Advisory Board

Past Vice President
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Board of Trustees, Melvin M. Belli Society

National Advisory Board
Association of Plaintiff’s Interstate
Trucking Lawyers of America

Board of Governors, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Board of Directors
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Past Co-Chair
Tort Section, New York County
Lawyers Association
Past member-Board of Directors
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Editorial Board

Neurolaw Letter
Board Certified
Civil Trial Advocate
National Board of Trial Advocacy*

Board Certified
American Board of Professional
Liability Attorneys
Medical Liability*

Sustaining Member:
American Association for Justice
Public Justice Foundation

Member:
N.Y.S. Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
North American Brain Injury Association

Graduate of Marquette University, College of Health Sciences, in Neuro Anatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord

Admitted to practice:
New York
Florida
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States Federal District Courts:
Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York

Honors & Awards:

New York Super Lawyer

Top 100 New York Trial Lawyers -
American Trial Lawyer Association

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Public Achievement Award

Shana DeCaro

Chair
Traumatic Brain Injury Group: American Association for Justice

1st Vice President
American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys

Board of Trustees, Secretary
Civil Justice Foundation

Board of Directors
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Fellow
American Association for Justice

Fellow
Melvin M. Belli Society

Editor
Law Update
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Amicus Counsel
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Judicial Screening Committee
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Fellow
Litigation Counsel of America,
Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

Lawyers Diversity Law Institute Advisory Board,
Litigation Counsel of America

Honors and Awards:

New York Super Lawyer

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Public Achievement Award

President’s Award
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Who’s Who in American Women

Who’s Who in American Law

Top 100 New York Trial Lawyers-American Trial Lawyers Association

Elite Lawyers Of America

Graduate of Marquette University, College of Health Sciences, in Neuro Anatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord

Member:
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Brain Injury Association New York State
North American Brain Injury Association

Nursing Home Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Birth Trauma Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Stroke Litigation Group

American Assoc. for Justice

Professional Liability Litigation Group

American Assoc. for Justice

Professional Information Exchange Negligence Litigation Group

American Assoc. For Justice

Ask The Expert: BrainLine
Contributing Author

Advisory Board, Acquired Brain Injury Program, The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Washington, D.C.

Admitted to Practice:
New York State
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States Federal District Courts:
Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
United States Tax Court
United States Court of International Trade
District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States

 

* The National Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys are not affiliated with any government authority. Certification is not a requirement for the practice of law in the State of New York and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law.