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BIAA HOME : Free Brain Injury Identification Card

Free Brain Injury Identification Card

New York personal injury attorneys De Caro & Kaplen, LLP are making available a free brain injury identification card to help the millions of Americans who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year.

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

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