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De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, welcomes press and blogger inquiries and is available to comment on all aspects of brain injury law, personal injuries, medical malpractice, and all types of accident law. The partners are also available for comment on the ongoing NFL and NHL concussion lawsuits, proposed legislation for youth tackle football, and concussion in youth sports.

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“That principle of law might cause liability to attach to them in a variety of different cases because plaintiffs attorneys will be able to look to this particular case and say a jury made a decision on certain issues against the NCAA even if at the end of the day they find no causation in this particular factual circumstance between the NCAA’s conduct and the ultimate death of this man,”

Michael Kaplen, Law360 (06/24/2018)

“If this gets out to the public it would be a Pandora’s box, it will be the NFL’s worst nightmare coming true,” said Michael Kaplen, a trial attorney specializing in traumatic brain injury, and who filed briefs several years ago opposing the NFL concussion settlement on behalf of the Brain Injury Association of America. “That’s why they settled the case with the players to begin with because they didn’t want to release this type of documentation.”

Michael Kaplen, BizJournals (04/13/2018)

Michael Kaplen, a Pleasantville, New York-based attorney for the Brain Injury Association of America, is not surprised by the players’ growing uneasiness about the settlement.

“It’s playing out exactly as I predicted,” Kaplen said.

In October 2016, Kaplen wrote a brief to the Supreme Court asking the country’s ultimate judiciary to take a look at a settlement that, according to Kaplen, “neither recognizes nor compensates the majority of players suffering the long-term consequences of brain trauma.”

Michael Kaplen, Newsday (04/01/2018)

“It’s played out the way I anticipated,” Kaplen said in an interview. “These players are beginning to wake up and understand the settlement is a fraud. The majority of players who deserve compensation are not going to get compensation.”

Michael Kaplen, Washington Post (03/20/2018)

“As a result of the missing stop sign, the vehicle in which Oddetth and Kaiden were passengers was struck by another vehicle,” Davidson’s lawyer, Michael Kaplen, said.

Michael Kaplen, New York Post (02/01/2018)

“It’s my understanding that he wasn’t happy with his golfing that day and he let the club swing right out of his hand,” Kaplen said. “He says, ‘Godd—-t, I’m not having a good day.”

Michael Kaplen, New York Daily News (01/23/2018)

“The gentleman we’re suing wasn’t particularly pleased with his performance,” Touhey’s attorney Michael Kaplen said, in a gross understatement.

Michael Kaplen, New York Post (01/23/2018)

Michael Kaplen, a New York City malpractice lawyer and member of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, said that if doctors were choosing not to practice in the Bronx, financial considerations, not malpractice claims, were most likely the reason.

Michael Kaplen, New York Times (12/15/2017)

“Football is a concussion-delivery system. You cannot make it safe because after any hit, the brain is moving within the skull,” says Kaplen. “There is no such thing as safe tackling. This whole focus on CTE — while troubling in terms of the nature of the disease — is misdirected in terms of the problem. The problem is repetitive head trauma, where CTE is one of many end results. Repetitive hits cause brain damage.”

Michael Kaplen, New York Daily News (11/07/2017)

“I’m concerned about injured players being victimized again by unscrupulous money lenders posing as concerned friends,” said Michael Kaplen, a lawyer and a former chairman of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council. “Protections need to be put in place by their attorneys, who purportedly are representing their interests.”

Michael Kaplen, The New York Times (02/07/2017)

“It wasn’t unexpected,” Michael Kaplen, the past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York and an attorney specializing in brain injury cases, said of the Supreme Court’s decision. “But what you will see is players realizing they are not going to receive anything. Their lawyers are going to have to explain how their clients were hoodwinked into thinking this was such a great settlement.”

Michael Kaplen, New York Daily News (12/12/2016)

“It wasn’t unexpected,” Michael Kaplen, the past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York and an attorney specializing in brain injury cases, said of the Supreme Court’s decision. “But what you will see is players realizing they are not going to receive anything. Their lawyers are going to have to explain how their clients were hoodwinked into thinking this was such a great settlement.”

One of the problems of the settlement, Kaplen says, is that if an NFL player is diagnosed with the crippling, degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), after the date of the settlement, he would not be entitled to benefits. “They will get nothing,” said Kaplen. “There is going to be a revolution when guys realize they’re getting nothing. It will be interesting to watch the claims resolution process. It’s stacked against these players.”

Michael Kaplen,  New York Daily News (12/12/2016)

George Washington University Law School’s Michael V. Kaplen, who specializes in the legal issues surrounding brain injury, told the New York Daily News that Trump’s dismissal of the concussion protocol “demeans and disparages people with brain injuries.” Each year, 2 million people in the United States suffer from a brain injury, he said.

Michael Kaplen, The Washington Post (10/13/2016)

“It’s a constant battle that really defaults every step of the way to the legal profession to handle on behalf of the millions of people who get injured,” Kaplen told his students last month. “The legal profession becomes in one way or another the champion because nobody else is there to do it. The lawyer has to become the doctor, has to become the social worker, has to become the neuroscientist and put that together for the individual.”

Michael Kaplen, The New York Times (04/13/2014)

The NFL, Kaplen says, still has a long way to go when it comes to head injuries.

"Let's give him his due," Kaplen says of Goodell. "But don't forget that the NFL was disingenuous for a long time when it came to brain injuries - and that is being kind. They denied what everybody knew about brain injuries and long-term health problems for years. They were like the tobacco companies denying the dangers of smoking."

Michael Kaplen, New York Daily News (10/23/2010)

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