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The Brain Injury Law Firm ®

De Caro & Kaplen, LLP

The Brain Injury Law Firm ®

You are not just a case to us, we help brain injury survivors rebuild their lives. With demonstrated success both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys have the passion and persistence to take on the toughest brain injury claims—and win.

New York Brain Injury Lawyers

Making a Difference in the Lives of Brain Injury Victims

Practice Areas

Brain Injury Law

Our experienced brain injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury.

Personal Injury

Our personal injury lawyers can help with burn injuries, crime, construction accidents, and sexual harassment.


Compensation claims for medical malpractice, hospital malpractice, and nursing home negligence.

Vehicle Accidents

Compensation for car accidents, truck accidents, train accidents and other vehicle related incidents in New York.

COVID-19 update: We are committed to being accessible and providing our clients with uninterrupted service during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Why You Can Trust DeCaro & 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

Michael was chosen as a Preferred Attorney by the Brain Injury Association of America, chairs the NYS 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.

Shana De Caro

Shana De Caro serves as 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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Brain Injury ID Card

New York brain injury lawyers De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, will now provide a free personalized brain injury identification card to any individual who has sustained a brain injury.

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TBI Guide

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Watch: Living with a Brain Injury During Covid-19

In just a few short weeks America has changed. The World has changed. But for millions of brain injury survivors, this is not the first time their lives have been turned upside down.

Watch: The Invisible Rain Cloud

Over 5 million Americans live with a life-changing brain injury that can be invisible to others, and difficult to explain. This is their story.

Watch: Living With A Stranger

Millions of Americans live with a spouse or loved one who has experienced a traumatic brain injury. This is their story.

Watch: The Little Bird Who Forgot How To Fly

Every year, traumatic brain injury changes the lives of tens of thousands of American children. And for thousands of American parents, their child's injury means a reversion to the role of full time caretakers. This is their story.

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2020 Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship winner Hannah Mead

Traumatic Brain Injury Annual Scholarship Fund

The brain injury lawyers at DE CARO & KAPLEN, LLP.  are pleased to offer an annual scholarship of $1,000 for a student who is a survivor of traumatic brain injury and is pursuing a college education. Applications for our 2021 award will open in March 2021.

Awards & Associations

Preferred Attorneys
Avvo Rating 10
NBITLA membership seal
academy truck accident attorneys
brain injury association america
american association for justice
american academy brain injury attorney
Super Lawyers
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