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Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Shana De Cara, Esq., Trustee, Civil Justice Foundation

Shana De Cara, Esq., Trustee, Civil Justice Foundation

Brain Injury – A National Health Epidemic

Each year in the United States, approximately 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury ranging from mild to severe. The consequences to the individual, their family and society are staggering. The physical, cognitive and emotional affects of brain damage can last a lifetime.

While brain injuries in the emergency department of hospitals are classified as mild, moderate or severe, there is nothing mild or moderate about a brain injury.  All brain injuries can have life long consequences.

Did you know?

Each year in the United States:

52,000 persons who sustain brain damage will die.

275,000 persons with a brain injury will be hospitalized and

1.365 million persons will be treated and released from emergency rooms for traumatic brain injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Can Have Life Long Consequences

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for assistance as a result of suffering from brain trauma.

Even following physical recovery, traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of functional impairments affecting thinking, memory, sensation, language and emotions.  It can cause other neurological conditions such as seizure disorder and epilepsy.

Brain damage in children will affect their ability to learn, their social integration and maturation and their ability to lead independent lives.   Many times lifetime support is required.

Brain trauma not only impacts the brain injury survivor, it impacts family relationships and social relationships.  Brain injury causes enormous costs to society as a whole.  It has been estimated that the direct medical costs and indirect costs associated with traumatic brain injury total over $56 billion dollars each year.  Brain injury is truly a national public health emergency.

Brain Injury: The Silent Epidemic

Unfortunately, the tragedy of brain injury is often misunderstood and often unrecognized.  Many have referred to brain injury survivors as the “walking wounded” and to the problems surrounding brain trauma in general as the “silent epidemic”.  The negative impact upon the family causes many spouses to remark that they are now living with a stranger and their role has changed from a partner to a parent.

Addressing the needs of TBI victims

More public focus is needed in addressing the needs of brain injury survivors and their families.  More attention needs to be devoted to brain injury rehabilitation and on the community reintegration of persons with brain injury.

Improving outcomes and life following brain trauma must be a prime public health concern of our society.  We have made incredible progress in saving lives, now we must spend the same resources in repairing and rebuilding that life.  The needs of our medical miracles must be addressed.   We must devote our research and efforts to a person-centered approach.

The best cure for brain injury is prevention

With a new brain injury occurring every 15 seconds, attention must be placed on preventing new brain injuries from happening.  In sports, preventing and recognizing the affects of concussions is paramount.   The use of helmets by both children and adults must be emphasized and playgrounds must be made child safe.

Brain Injury Lawyers

This web site has been created by the brain injury law firm® of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP.  We are a brain injury law firm® that concentrates our practice in representing victims of brain trauma caused by acts of negligence and medical malpractice.

Our brain injury attorneys are committed to protecting and safeguarding the rights of victims of brain damage.  For over 30 years we have aggressively represented persons with traumatic brain injuries and their family members.  If we can be of assistance to your family member or yourself, please do not hesitate to contact us, for a free, no obligation consultation.

Qualified and Respected

Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. served as Chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council and three term President of the Brain Injury Association of New York State .    He has served as Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Michael Kaplen teaches the only course in any law school on traumatic brain injury law.  He is Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School.

Shana DeCaro is  Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice and Vice President of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys. She is a member of the Board of Trustees and elected secretary of the Civil Justice Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. Shana serves on the Ask The Expert Law Panel for BrainLine.  She is also the editor of the monthly law up date for the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Michael Kaplen and Shana De Caro have both been selected by their peers as New York Super Lawyers

Free Guide to Your Legal Rights

Our brain injury lawyers have authored a book entitled, Brain Injury, A Guide to Your Legal Rights.  If you would like a free copy of this guide please contact us with your mailing address at Michael@brainlaw.com

Our brain injury lawyers have successfully represented victims of brain trauma caused by acts of negligence involving car accidents, truck accidents, bus and train accidents, medical and hospital malpractice, landlord and building maintenance and construction site accidents.

Contact us

If your loved one or yourself has been a victim of brain damage, you can contact us for a no obligation consultation. Telephone the brain injury lawyers at: De Caro & Kaplen, LLP toll free at  1 866 BRAIN LAW or email us at michael@brainlaw.com.

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.