Brain Injury Attorney Michael Kaplen Says Secretary of State Clinton’s Concussion Complications Should be a Wake Up Call to Parents and Athletes

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Head injury lawyer Michael Kaplen, past president of Brain Injury Association, highlights the importance of treating every concussion as serious to avoid complications in light of concussion injury sustained by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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The concussion complications reported today regarding Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should be a wakeup call to all parents and professional athletic teams that all concussions must be treated seriously.

The clot complication that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered from her concussion according to a press statement made by Philippe Reimes, Deputy Secretary of State (AP as reported by USA Today), should serve as a reminder that parents and professional athletes must treat all concussions seriously no matter how “minor” the symptoms may initially appear says national brain injury attorney, Michael V. Kaplen, a member of the New York law firm, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP.

“The concussion complications reported today initially by the Associated Press regarding Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should be a wake-up call to all parents and professional athletic teams that all concussions must be treated seriously,” said Michael V. Kaplen, chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council and three term, immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State.

Kaplen, a brain injury attorney with a national reputation in brain injury litigation represents individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and is familiar with their complaints being ignored by the medical profession, medical insurers, employers, and the public.

Kaplen, commenting on the medical complications following Clinton’s concussion said, “That’s the problem, when you have a brain injury that is labeled, “mild,” or, “minor,” your complaints are ignored and dismissed and you do not receive proper follow up care. Imagine if you are not the Secretary of State or a congressperson who has sustained a devastating brain injury, the average individual just doesn’t get the care that they are entitled to.”

New York brain injury lawyer Kaplen commented that, "The epidemic of traumatic brain injury is apparent in professional football." It is the opinion of national brain injury litigation expert, Kaplen that, "teams continue to characterize a concussion as a, “minor,” or, “trivial,” injury in an attempt to minimize the seriousness of the injury in the mind of the public." Kaplen, a frequent critic of the NFL and their approach to concussion management said that, “The recent findings pertaining to Secretary of State Clinton should remind all of us that no concussion is trivial or minor and all concussions are brain injuries. Many times the full extent of the concussion is not known for days or even weeks. That is precisely why parents and teams should proceed with an abundance of caution before allowing a concussed player to return to active play.”

Kaplen is a member of the New York personal injury law firm, De Caro & Kaplen located in Pleasantville, New York, available online at and maintains a brain injury news and information blog at He is the past chair of the American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.

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