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If you Were Injured in a Car, Truck, Bus or Train Accident   – We Can Provide the Legal Assistance you Need

The experienced New York Personal Injury Lawyers at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP will help you recover damages from the negligent driver and/or company responsible for your motor vehicle accident, including damages for your personal injuries,  disabilities, lost wages, medical costs, and pain and suffering.

From car crashes to bus crashes, truck crashes, train wrecks, and pedestrians struck by a vehicle, we have the knowledge, resources, and experience to assist you. We have been representing victims of vehicular accidents in New York for over 30 years.

Michael Kaplen and Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings at a press conference launching Brain Injury Awareness Month

Michael Kaplen and Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings at a press conference launching Brain Injury Awareness Month

New York Car-Truck-Bus-Train Accident Attorneys Pursue Justice with a Passion

What sets our New York  accident attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP  apart from most New York personal injury law firms is our commitment and passion to protect the rights of accident victims.

De Caro & Kaplen, LLP provides compassionate legal representation to victims of car, truck and bus accidents and their families in New York City, throughout New York State and nationally.

We are honored that our founding partner, Michael V. Kaplen, served as past chair of the Motor Vehicle Liability Section of the American Association for Justice and was elected to the National Advisory Board and the New York State Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff’s Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. He and his partner, Shana De Caro, also serve as members of the Advisory Board of the Interstate Bus Accident Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.

We provide free consultation with our experienced vehicle accident attorneys for victims of injuries caused by any type of vehicle accident.  A skilled, experienced lawyer can represent you for your car accident case as well as for personal injuries caused by a bus crash, train wreck, or truck accident. De Caro & Kaplen, LLP boasts a team of experienced personal injury lawyers you can trust.

Distracted Driving Changes Lives Forever

According to the United States Department of Transportation, more than 10 people are killed and 1000 injured every day from distracted drivers.

Distracted driving is more than texting or using cell phones. It is any activity which takes our hands off the wheel, eyes off the road or mind off the primary task of driving.

Vehicle Accidents & Traumatic Brain Injuries

Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of head and traumatic brain injuries.

Brain damage can happen during a car, bus, or truck accident in many different ways. The brain can be injured by bruising, bleeding, twisting, or tearing of brain tissue. The brain can also be injured from direct impact or by indirect forces. Brain trauma can occur when the head hits the windshield or when the brain is propelled within the skull due to rapid acceleration and deceleration that takes place because of a sudden stop or a rear-end collision. This movement of the head and brain results in a shearing injury to brain fibers. Side impacts can cause twisting of the brain within the skull, known as rotational injury. These forces cause a tearing of the microscopic nerve fibers known as “neurons” within the brain.

The damage to the brain can be immediate and cause bruising, bleeding, stretching, or tearing of nerve fibers. Other brain damage can take place days, weeks, or even months later. When trauma to the brain occurs, the brain cells release chemicals that may cause further injury and brain damage days or weeks later. Lack of oxygen may also cause damage to brain cells and not be immediately apparent. Additionally, the initial impact may be the cause of epilepsy or seizures that can develop days, weeks, or months later.

Car Crashes Cause Carnage – Let Head Injury Lawyers Help!

The experienced head injury lawyers at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP know how to utilize science and technology to recreate and prove to a jury how and why a car accident happened. Through the use of computer models, professional accident reconstruction, analysis of the wreck, and the actual car crash scene, the professional consultants who work with our law firm will recreate how the auto accident happened. From bone fractures to serious head and traumatic brain injuries, New York car accident attorney Michael Kaplen and his partner Shana De Caro understand how the personal injuries that you or your loved one have sustained will affect the quality of your life forever.

NY Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You Were Injured in a Train Wreck

With over 30 years of personal injury experience in representing victims of train accidents, we can help if you or your loved one has been injured by a subway operated by the New York City Transit Authority, a railroad operated by the Long Island Railroad, Metro North, Amtrak, or the Port Authority. There are strict and very short time limits for filing a written claim (often called a notice of claim) and when you must start your train accident lawsuit. You must do these in the right order and within the correct time frame, otherwise your case will be dismissed. To protect your legal rights, contact a lawyer with knowledge and experience without delay.

Whether you’re an injured railroad worker or were a passenger involved in a train accident, the New York train accident attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.

Serious Truck Crash?  Our Experienced New York Truck Accident Attorneys Can Obtain The Compensation To Which You Are Entitled

Our personal injury attorneys specialize in a variety of vehicle accidents, including those involving trucks or buses. We’ve all heard of truck drivers who have received traffic tickets many times for their irresponsible conduct. We’ve also heard of those who have been involved in multiple accidents and have even had their licenses suspended. Yet, many of these drivers are still permitted to operate tractor-trailers because the trucking company failed to exercise proper precautions assessing the driving background of these dangerous drivers.

Truck accidents are preventable; knowing how to prove the negligence of the truck driver or trucking company involved in your trucking accident is key. We are New York truck accident lawyers with over 30 years of expert knowledge of trucking regulations, truck driver conduct, and proper inspection of the truck in question, providing you with the representation and compensation you deserve.

Improper Bus Maintenance Leads To Accidents.

Bus crashes are a frequent cause of life-threatening injuries. Our accident reconstruction investigators have found that faulty bus maintenance — including brakes that were not operating properly and tires that were bald  or defective are frequently found to play important roles in causing these bus crashes.

In other instances, improper supervision of bus drivers and dangerous driving on the part of the bus operator are causes of these bus accidents.

Our New York bus accident attorneys will represent you if you were injured in any kind of bus accident and will help you obtain compensation for your child if they were involved in a school bus accident in which he/she sustained injury.

Call the attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP for a free no obligation consultation at 1-866-272-4652 or 914 747 4410.  Because we work under a contingency fee, you pay no legal fees until the conclusion of your case.

Our Credentials

Michael Kaplen

Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School

Past Chair
New York State Traumatic
Brain Injury Coordinating Council

American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys

Vice President
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

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

National Advisory Board
Association of Interstate
Trucking Lawyers of America

Past Co-Chair
Tort Section, New York County
Lawyers Association

Board of Directors
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Board of Governors, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Board of Directors
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

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

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

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

Honors & Awards:

New York Super Lawyer
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Admitted to practice:
New York
District of Columbia

Top 100 New York Trial Lawyers -
American Trial Lawyer Association

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Public Achievement Award

Board of Trustees, Melvin M. Belli Society

Shana DeCaro

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

American Association for Justice

Melvin M. Belli Society

Law Update
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Amicus Counsel
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Honors and Awards

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


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

Brain Trauma Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Ask The Expert
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


* 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.