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De Caro & Kaplen, LLP

The Brain Injury Law Firm ®

With over 40 years experience in personal injury and malpractice law, and an unmatched understanding of traumatic brain injury, we help our clients get the justice and compensation they deserve. With demonstrated success both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys have the passion and persistence to take on any brain injury, personal injury or malpractice case in New York—and win.

The Brain Injury Law Firm

New York Brain Injury Lawyers

Whether you have suffered a concussion or other brain injury in a car accident, from a fall, medical negligence, or other traumatic event, we know what’s required to zealously represent you. Brain injury law is more than our profession, it is our passion.

It’s why we’re known as The Brain Injury Law Firm®.

Our partners, Michael V. Kaplen and Shana De Caro are nationally recognized for their expertise in representing brain injury survivors and in all personal injury litigation. It’s why we’ve been trusted to represent them for over 40 years.

There is no such thing as a “mild” brain injury. A concussion is a brain injury. If you or your family member sustained any type of traumatic or acquired brain injury, our law firm can assist with expertise, legal support and representation, information, and resources.

New York Personal Injury Attorneys

We also represent victims of all personal injury including fractures to the arm and leg, spinal cord injury, burns, and wrongful death caused by negligence or medical malpractice.

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Why You Can Trust De Caro & Kaplen, LLP With Your Traumatic Brain Injury Case

Following a traumatic brain injury, one of the most important decisions you make is the attorney you choose to represent you and your interests. The best rehabilitation in the world cannot change what happens in a split second.

You may not be aware but after the doctors and the other clinicians have finished, a brain injured individual’s many crucial needs continue. An attorney assumes an important role in the life of a brain injury survivor and his or her family; handling insurance disputes, preparing applications for government assistance, arranging ongoing rehabilitation needs, preparing for guardianship, and obtaining compensation for your life-time requirements. Nothing is a substitute for an attorney’s specialized knowledge and experience in advocating on behalf of brain injury victims. The better prepared he or she is, the more completely your interests will be protected.

The tragedy of brain injury has far-reaching consequences. Your brain injury attorney is a member of your team from day one. Unfortunately, many people make poor or ill-informed choices in selecting the appropriate attorney to represent them.

Whether preparing your case for settlement discussions or trial, your lawyer must consider the importance of accurate and complete communication of the many ways your brain injury will affect not only you, but your immediate family, and extended family. Through our years of experience, at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP we know where to find the support and assistance you may require. We know how to navigate a system unwilling to understand the long-term consequences of brain injury.

Michael V. Kaplen

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recognized by Best Lawyers

Michael was chosen as a Preferred Attorney by the Brain Injury Association of America, is immediate past chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council, and is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, teaching the only course on traumatic brain injury law in the nation. He served three terms as president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and chairs the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Michael has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer and Best Lawyers of America, New York.

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Shana De Caro

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recognized by Best Lawyers

Shana De Caro served two terms and is immediate
past Chairwoman of the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America and was the first female chair of the American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, and First Vice-President of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys. Shana was chosen a Preferred Attorney by the Brain Injury Association of America, a New York Super Lawyer, and selected as a Top 25 Brain Injury Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

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