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Welcome to the video blog of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP. Here we feature informative and useful advice on everything from how to protect yourself from brain injury to legal advice on all types of personal injury. We are nationally-recognized personal injury attorneys in New York. Call us today at 1-866-BRAINLAW.

White House To Tackle Nation's Concussion Crisis

Source: Huffington Post Yesterday, President Obama met with some of the countries top professionals to tackle one of the nation’s fastest growing crisis, concussions. We talk with the experts about what needs to be done to educate our youth and coaches on the dangers.  



New York Brain Injury Advocate discusses concussion awareness and concussion safety

 



New York Accident Attorney Michael Kaplen weighs in on a deadly trucking accident in Port Chester in Westchester county.

Video Transcript: New York Vehicle Accident Attorney Michael Kaplen weighs in on a deadly trucking accident in Port Chester in Westchester county. Author: Darla Miles, Reporter WABC News 7 PORT CHESTER (WABC) – 24 hours later the mangled Chevy sits in an impound lot, providing a close-up look at the damage. Broken glass and twisted metal… Continue reading →



New York Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Award from Presentation of the Brain Injury Association of New York State Public Policy Award

Video Transcript: New York Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Award from Presentation of the Brain Injury Association of New York State Public Policy Award     Marie Cavallo, Ph.D. President, Brain Injury Association of New York State: The Brain Injury Association Public Policy Award, for community re-entry, inclusion and acceptance of persons with brain injury and… Continue reading →



A Concussion is Not Just a Bump on the Head

Video Transcript: A Concussion is Not Just a Bump on the Head Source: Video by Joe Larese. Original article on LoHud.com. Michael V. Kaplen: Traumatic brain injuries have become a national health epidemic but these injuries are both predicable and preventable and it’s our moral responsibility to prevent these injuries from occurring. It’s important for parents… Continue reading →



Traumatic Brain Injury: Important Information for Lawyers

Video Transcript: Traumatic Brain Injury: Important Information for Lawyers Michael V. Kaplen: What does every attorney contemplating representing a person who has sustained a concussion need to know? Any attorney, who is contemplating representing an individual who has sustained a concussion and now suffers from the post concussion syndrome, needs to know that there are… Continue reading →



Supplemental Needs Trusts & Brain Injury

Video Transcript: Supplemental Needs Trusts & Brain Injury Michael V. Kaplen: What is a supplemental needs trust? Attorneys handling traumatic brain injury cases need to protect the assets recovered on behalf of their clients and to take the necessary steps to insure the settlement does not jeopardize their client’s right to government benefits such as… Continue reading →



Skull Fractures: Important Information for Attorneys

Video Transcript: Skull Fractures: Important Information for Attorneys Michael V. Kaplen: In reviewing a client’s brain injury case, what important information does an attorney derive from knowing that a skull fracture was sustained? In representing a person who has sustained a traumatic brain injury, it is important for a lawyer to know whether a skull… Continue reading →



Selecting a Brain Injury Lawyer

Video Transcript: Selecting a Brain Injury Lawyer Michael V. Kaplen: I’m always asked what criteria a person needs to consider before retaining a brain injury attorney. Selecting the most qualified person to represent yourself or a loved one in a law suit involving traumatic brain injuries is one of the most important decisions that you… Continue reading →



Using Medical Imaging to Prove Traumatic Brain Injury

Video Transcript: Using Medical Imaging to Prove Traumatic Brain Injury in Court Michael V. Kaplen: As brain injury attorneys, we are often called upon in court to show the jury if we can, the portion of our client’s brain that was damaged. Many difficulties arise, because while most brain images are able to show bleeding… Continue reading →



Brain Injury Legal Representation

Video Transcript: New York Brain Injury Lawyer Michael V. Kaplen Provides Practical Tips for Working with Brain Injury Victims Michael V. Kaplen: In each and every aspect of representing a client who is a victim of traumatic brain injury, there are ethical challenges that must be considered and properly dealt with by the attorney. First and… Continue reading →



Explaining Traumatic Brain Injury in Court

Video Transcript: Explaining Traumatic Brain Injury in Court Michael V. Kaplen: One of the most important aspects of a brain injury case is explaining to a jury how the brain is injured in an accident. In order to do this, I need to show a model of the brain to the jury and first explain something… Continue reading →



Concussion Definitions

Video Transcript: Concussion Definitions Michael V. Kaplen: In our legal practice we focus on representing individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. We often are asked by other lawyers, “What is the definition of a concussion?” Lawyers representing persons who have sustained a traumatic brain injury need to know that the terms concussion and mild… Continue reading →



Causes of Brain Injury

Video Transcript: Causes of Brain Injury Michael V. Kaplen: In my role as an advocate on behalf of victims of traumatic brain injury, I am often asked about the types of incidents that typically cause brain trauma. Traumatic Brain Injury has become a national health epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control each year… Continue reading →



About The Brain Injury Law Firm® Of De Caro And Kaplen, LLP

Video Transcript: About The Brain Injury Law Firm® of De Caro and Kaplen, LLP Michael V. Kaplen: Our clients and friends always want to know something about our law firm. Ever since our founding over 27 years ago, our law firm has been actively involved in representing victims of traumatic brain injury. We represent adults… Continue reading →





For three decades, the New York brain injury law firm of DE CARO & KAPLEN, LLP has represented victims of traumatic brain injury, brain damage caused by vehicle negligence, landlord misconduct, medical malpractice and construction site accidents. We represent persons who have been in a coma, suffered anoxic brain damage due to lack of oxygen, suffered fractured skulls, bleeding in their brain and sustained concussions or other forms of closed head injury.

The brain injury attorneys at our firm are recognized leaders in their legal community and recognized authorities in the legal representation of victims of brain trauma. New York brain injury attorneys, Michael Kaplen and Shana De Caro will represent victims of brain injury with compassion and respect and will vigorously protect their rights in our courts of law.

Michael V. Kaplen the Chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Council and the three term president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State. He is Past Chair of the American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and is also served as Chair of the American Association for Justice Automobile, Highway and Premise Liability Section. He is a Vice President of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and is on the Board of Governors of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

Michael has been an adjunct professor of law teaching courses in trial practice and medical malpractice at St. John’s University School of Law and is Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Graduate School of Psychology, Touro College and a guest lecturer at The George Washington University. He is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is also board certified by the American Board of Professional Liability attorneys in the field of medical malpractice.

He has been named a New York Super Lawyer for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and one of the top 100 trial lawyers in New York State by the American Association of Trial Lawyers. He is an elected fellow of the Melvin M. Belli Society.

Shana De Caro is an Officer of the American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Civil Justice Foundation. Shana is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing her practice on representing victims of traumatic brain injury and other catastrophic injuries.

She serves as Editor of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, monthly legal update. She has been a member of the Medical Malpractice Review Panels in New York State and is a former law secretary to a Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County. She has served on the executive committee of the special education parents committee in her local school district.

Brain injury attorney, Shana De Caro has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in American Law. She has been named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in New York by the American Trial Lawyers Association and was elected as an Elite Lawyer.


Our Credentials

Michael Kaplen

Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School

Past Chair
New York State Traumatic
Brain Injury Coordinating Council

President
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

Member:
N.Y.S. Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
Southern Trial Lawyers
Association-Fellow
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

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

1st Vice President
American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys

Treasurer
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group: American Association for Justice

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

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

Member:

New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Brain Injury Association New York State

North American Brain Injury Association

Member:
Nursing Home Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Brain Trauma Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

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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

 

* 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.