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De Caro & Kaplen LLP Announce 2018 Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship Winner

New York brain injury attorneys, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP are proud to have presented the annual De Caro & Kaplen, LLP Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship on October 1, 2018 to Tiffany Oliverio, in the sum of $1,000. Tiffany is a student pursuing a degree in Pre-Occupational and Occupational Therapy at Baker College in Flint, Michigan.

This scholarship opportunity was first introduced in 2017 during Brain Injury Awareness Month, to those who sustained a traumatic brain injury and are pursuing a higher education. In announcing this year’s recipient, De Caro & Kaplen, partners Shana De Caro and Michael V. Kaplen said, “We were deeply moved by the number of outstanding applications we received and want to recognize all the many people who have sustained significant injuries, and through perseverance and arduous work have found a way to follow their dreams. It is truly inspirational.”

“Our winner, Tiffany Oliverio, has shown incredible determination and tenacity in learning to adapt to life after a brain injury, and to continue to pursue her goals. She has resolved to make a difference in the lives of other victims of brain injury by pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy, to work with other young adults who have sustained similar injuries,” commented Shana De Caro, who also serves as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America and past chair of the American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.

In October 2016, Oliverio, now 28, was involved in a single vehicle accident while travelling southbound on the U.S. 23 in Fenton, Michigan. According to Fenton Fire Chief Bob Cairnduff, she was found pinned in the vehicle, with two sets of hydraulic tools needed to free her from the wreckage.

Oliverio spent almost two weeks in a coma, and in a 2016 interview told Tri-County Times that the survival rate for her type of brain injury is just .1 percent. She also stated she had to relearn everything, from feeding herself, to getting dressed and taking a shower.

Shana continued, “Tiffany sustained a life-altering brain injury in 2016, just three weeks into her freshman year of college, when she was involved in a significant automobile crash. After awakening from a coma, she devoted herself to her physical and cognitive rehabilitation. Her incredible drive and efforts allowed her return to school in 2017. Tiffany spent that year away from school working on her recovery and maintained a positive attitude. Tiffany hopes to be an inspiration to others, demonstrating that hard work and perseverance will help them achieve their goals.”

Michael V. Kaplen, a three-term president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, and professorial lecturer teaching a course in brain injury law at the George Washington University Law School said, “Tiffany, is a very determined person. She learned from her own extraordinary experiences that with accommodations and hard work she can return to school, where she intends to continue her studies to obtain a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Tiffany joined the Michigan Brain Injury Association to advocate for others experiencing the same difficulties. This has reinforced her continued efforts and pursue her dream working with survivors, as an occupational therapist, to help those who have sustained a brain injury, just as she did.”

On accepting the award, Oliverio said: “Life can be hard, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. I want other people with brain injury to know what happened to me.”

The Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship is an annual award for students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Applications for the next fund, to be distributed in late Summer 2019, are now being accepted.

De Caro & Kaplen Announce Introduction Of Free Personalized Brain Injury Identification Card

New York personal injury attorneys De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, have today announced the introduction of a free brain injury identification card, to help the estimated 2.5 million Americans who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year.

Shana De Caro, Esq., a brain injury attorney at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, and secretary of the Brain Injury Association of America, in explaining why a readily available customized brain injury identification card is necessary said,

“Although victims may appear normal, they may be suffering from invisible injuries resulting from their brain injury which can cause them to exhibit emotional, behavioral, and cognitive problems. They may not be able to control their thoughts, emotions, or reactions.”

The identification card, according to Ms. De Caro, “will help avoid misunderstandings with police, EMT and ambulance personnel and others.”

The personalized cards are provided free by De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, and are available to any individual who has sustained a brain injury. The customized card will include the individual’s name, a designated emergency contact, and common symptoms of a TBI.

Michael V. Kaplen, past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, and a partner at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP in explaining how misunderstandings with law enforcement can cause serious problems for brain injury survivors said, “Brain injuries can cause confusion, inappropriate behavior, and responses by brain injury survivors, including slurred speech, or an unsteady gait. We have seen several instances where police have confused these symptoms with resistance to police inquiries, criminal conduct, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately these misunderstandings have resulted in inappropriate arrests .”

According to Michael V. Kaplen, the new card will help to decrease such incidences, “It can be difficult for brain injury survivors to explain their injury (and symptoms) to police, particularly if they are in a stressful situation. Carrying the card in their wallet — which we will be working to ensure is recognized by police forces across the USA — provides a way for individuals to quickly explain their conduct and behavior.”

Application for a personalized card can be made on De Caro & Kaplen’s website at https://brainlaw.com/brain-injuries/card/.

The cards are provided free and will be shipped to any address in the USA.

Press Release: De Caro & Kaplen LLP Announce 2017 Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship Winner

The Law Offices of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP are proud to have presented the inaugural De Caro & Kaplen, LLP Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship on September 1, 2017 to Courtney Bruun-Andersen. Courtney is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at the New York University Silver School of Social Work.

2017 Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship Winner Courtney Bruun-Andersen.
2017 Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship Winner Courtney Bruun-Andersen.

This scholarship opportunity was introduced during Brain Injury Awareness Month, to those who sustained a traumatic brain injury and are pursuing a higher education. In announcing the winner, De Caro & Kaplen, partners Shana De Caro and Michael V. Kaplen said, “We were deeply moved by the number of outstanding applications we received and want to recognize all the many people who have sustained significant injuries, and through perseverance and arduous work have found a way to pursue their dreams. It is truly inspirational.”

Shana De Caro, a member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America and past chair of the American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, commented, “Our winner, Courtney Bruun-Andersen, has shown incredible determination and tenacity in learning to adapt to life after a brain injury, and to continue to pursue her goals.”

Shana continued, “Courtney sustained a significant brain injury in 2010 when she was just 19 years old and a college sophomore at University of North Carolina. She worked extraordinarily hard at her rehabilitation and pushed herself to return as a full-time student in 2012. Though she experienced setbacks on her journey, requiring an additional medical leave from school, she finally completed her degree. Through her ordeal she maintained a can-do attitude and discovered that there were many others like her, who had sustained the all too invisible brain injury. She became cognizant, not only of the day- to -day struggles of a person with a brain injury, but increasingly she became aware of the societal prejudice and obstacles that confronted her and other people with similar injuries.”

Michael V. Kaplen, a three-term president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, and professorial lecturer teaching a course in brain injury law at the George Washington University Law School said, “Courtney, is a very determined person, she learned, from her own experiences that the work and academic environment are not welcoming or accommodating to those with disabilities. Courtney is involved in both the North Carolina and the New York Brain Injury Associations, participating and mentoring others who are at the beginning of their journey after brain injury, and offering them hope. This has made her more determined to continue to pursue her dream working with survivors, as a social worker, to help, to advocate, and to support those who have sustained a brain injury, just as she did.”

The Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship is an annual award for students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Applications for the next fund, to be distributed in late Summer 2018, are now being accepted.

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