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Selecting the Most Qualified NY Personal Injury or Brain Injury Lawyer for Brain Damage Injury Cases

Unfortunately, many persons have not received and will not receive adequate compensation for their traumatic brain injuries because they did not have proper representation. A lawyer representing a person and their family for traumatic brain injury should possess knowledge, education and experience in this area of litigation. In most states, injured persons have the ability to retain a lawyer by the use of the contingent fee agreement. The lawyer does not receive any fee until the conclusion of the case. Under this system, an injured person and their family can afford to retain the most qualified legal representative.Since the results of your law suit will have important and long term impact upon the quality of your life, it is important to determine who the best lawyer is for your brain injury case.Some things to ask any attorney who you are considering retaining in a brain injury case:Q: How many cases similar to mine have you been involved with as the principal attorney over the past three years?

Q: What percentage of your practice is devoted to representing persons with a traumatic brain injury?

Q: Will you be handling my case personally or will you be referring it to another lawyer or law firm?

Q: What have been your results in representing persons with cases similar to mine?

Q: Have you written and published any articles on traumatic brain injury?

Q: Have you lectured to any bar associations, brain injury associations or other groups about the effective legal representation of persons with traumatic brain injury?

Q: Do you actively participate in your state’s brain injury association?

Q: Do you regularly attend conferences and read textbooks and articles about traumatic brain injury?

Q: Have you ever received any professional honors and awards concerning your representation of persons with a brain injury?

Q: Does your law firm have the financial resources to advance, even if in excess of $50,0000, to properly prosecute my case, if necessary?



Michael Kaplen accepting an award from the NYS Department of Health on Brain Injury Awareness

At De Caro & Kaplen, LLP, we concentrate our practice on representing persons with brain injury. We have achieved verdicts and settlements in brain injury cases totaling over 100 million dollars. Michael Kaplen and Shana De Caro will personally handle your case. Our brain injury attorneys have lectured to brain injury associations, lawyers groups and medical associations on brain injury. We have authored articles and have received many awards and honors in the area of traumatic brain injury. Founding partner, Michael Kaplen is a  Professorial Lecturer at Law at The George Washington University Law School  teaching the first course on the legal aspects of traumatic brain injury in any law school in the country.  Brain injury attorney, Michael Kaplen has served three terms as president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State and served seven years as Chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council where he continues to advocate for the rights of individuals suffering from a brain injury.   His partner, Shana De Caro is the Chair-Elect of The Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice and Secretary of the Civil Justice Foundation.  Shana and Michael are both elected fellows of the prestigious Melvin Belli Society and serve on the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.




Provided by
Michael V. Kaplen, Esq.

Professorial Lecturer at Law
The George Washington University
School of Law

Chair, State of New York
Traumatic Brain Injury
Services Coordinating Council

3 Term president,
Brain Injury Association of NYS

Past Chair,
American Association for Justice
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group

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