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Selecting a brain injury lawyer

The selection of a brain injury attorney is perhaps the most important decision that victims of brain trauma and their families will make following a traumatic brain injury.

A qualified brain injury attorney in addition to possessing superior legal training and knowledge in brain injury advocacy needs to have knowledge in the medical, rehabilitation and special needs of those who have sustained traumatic brain damage.

All of the members of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys possess the education, training and legal experience necessary to properly represent your family member and yourself in a brain injury legal matter.  They understand the medical aspects of traumatic brain injury and the important and the lifetime consequences that follow a traumatic brain injury.

Compassion and respect

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Jesse Jackson with Academy President, Michael V. Kaplen at annual meeting of Public Justice Foundation where Michael served as a member of the Board of Directors.

Academy brain injury attorneys understand the important physical, behavioral and social consequences following brain damage and the need to treat their clients with compassion and respect.

Important assistance provided by your brain injury attorney

Your brain injury attorney should be able to assist and guide brain injury survivors and their families through the difficult decisions and planning that needs to take place following a traumatic brain injury.

In addition to vigorously pursuing a claim for legal compensation, a brain injury attorney should be able to provide important guidance and assistance in dealing with medical insurance claims, disability claims, eligibility for government assistance, educational issues, guardianship decisions, establishment of a special needs trust and work related issues.

You can afford to retain the best brain injury attorney

Because most brain injury attorneys are compensated under the contingency fee system, a victim of brain trauma can afford to retain the services of the most qualified brain injury attorney.  With a contingency fee, the attorney is only compensated at the conclusion of the case, if he/she is successful, from the fund of money that is recovered from the negligent party and their insurance carrier. Therefore, the brain injured individual and their family need not worry about how to pay for their legal services and can retain the best brain injury attorneys for their case.

Important questions to ask before retaining a brain injury attorney

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 Academy President,  Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. accepting Brain Injury Month proclamation from Suffolk County Legislature, Majority Leader, Jon Cooper.

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 in excess of $50,0000 , to properly prosecution my case, if necessary?

Academy President, Michael V. Kaplen, Esq at Brain Injury Helmet Prevention, School Fair

The brain injury attorneys who are members of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys concentrate their legal practice on representing persons with brain injury. They have successfully handled mild, moderate and severe brain injury cases and have won considerable verdicts for their clients and their client’s families.   Academy brain injury attorneys have lectured to brain injury associations, lawyers groups, medical associations and other brain injury advocacy groups on traumatic brain injury.  Additionally, they have authored articles and have received many awards and honors in the area of traumatic brain injury. Academy members proudly serve as officers and directors in their state brain injury associations and in national and state trial lawyer associations and brain injury advocacy groups.

Contact the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys for assistance in your brain injury case.

For further information, contact the Academy’s President, Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. toll free at 1 866 BRAIN LAW (1 866 272 4652) or email him at