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Leading Brain Injury Attorney Team De Caro & Kaplen, LLP Create Bus Accident Litigation Group

De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, a New York personal injury firm, is taking part in a new attorney litigation group devoted to preserving the rights of bus accident victims. The group was formed at the 2012 American Association for Justice conference in Chicago, with the understanding that successful legal representation of bus crash victims requires knowledge developed by attorneys familiar with and experienced in similar cases. With over 30 years of experience representing bus crash victims as well as other accident victims in New York State, attorneys and litigation group founders Shana De Caro and Michael V. Kaplen will serve on the board of advisors.

Bus driver error and the negligence of bus companies are responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths every year on America’s roads. Because of increased traffic congestion and bus passengers, New York City has an especially high rate of bus accidents and injuries. Under New York law, bus drivers and other common carriers have a profound level of duty to safely operate their vehicles and protect their passengers from bodily harm. Drivers responsible for public transportation and privately-chartered buses should be properly trained, licensed, and prepared to operate their vehicles in a manner that protects commuters and other bus riders. Companies’ bus fleets should also be properly designed and updated, thoroughly inspected, and meticulously maintained to ensure the safety of their customers and drivers. The new litigation group formed by the attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, vows to hold bus drivers accountable for negligence and bus companies responsible for unacceptable safety practices.

Bus passengers injured in accidents occurring as a result of bus driver error, improper maintenance, supervision failures, or vehicle defects deserve compensation from bus companies. New York bus accident victims should seek justice, within New York’s three year statute of limitations, with the help of competent legal counsel.

De Caro and Kaplen, LLP, represents accident victims, victims of medical and hospital malpractice, and victims of brain trauma. Head injury attorney Michael V. Kaplen has served as chair of the Executive Board of Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice in the past, and currently serves as a member of its Executive Board. Shana De Caro was recently elected as the group’s secretary.

Concussion Not Just A Bump

Video Transcript

A Concussion is Not Just a Bump on the Head
Source: Video by Joe Larese.

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 to understand what the signs and symptoms of a concussion are. There are physical symptoms, there are behavioral symptoms, and there are emotional symptoms.

The physical symptoms of a brain injury are typically are vomiting, dizziness, headaches, sensitivity to sound, light, and memory problems. Then there are behavioral symptoms that follow a brain injury. A person becomes combative, they talk about not being the same person they were like before the brain injury happened.

There are other behavioral symptoms that happen such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. These can also be considered some of the emotional sequela following a brain injury.

It’s important for parents to understand that not every child will get every one of these symptoms. Some of these symptoms take place right away, and some of these symptoms will take place days or even weeks later. So it’s important when assessing a child to determine whether they had a concussion to watch them very carefully over an extended period of time.

A concussion is not just a bump on the head. There are tragic long-term consequences associated with a concussion so that any child who had a concussion or is suspected of having a concussion should be removed from the playing field immediately. They should not be allowed to return to play in that game or any subsequent game until they’ve been medically cleared to return to play.

There should be one simple rule in dealing with concussion in sports: When in doubt, keep them out.

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