Returning to active play in sports prematurely after a concussion can have
significant long term negative impacts on a person's health and well-being.
Such is the case of our client, Bryan Namoff. He was a star professional
soccer player employed by Major League Soccer to play on the DC United
team. During a game in September 2009 he took a hit from a player from
the opposing team and as a result suffered a concussion. DC United returned
him to play a few days later despite his not having fully recovered from
Following the game, his concussion symptoms intensified. He had excruciating
headaches and an inability to focus and concentrate. His symptoms were
so bad he could not return to play on the team. Instead, he was given
a job in the front office, doing administrative work. He was unable to
successfully complete that work and was let go. To date, he remains unemployed.
He continues to undergo extensive medical treatment in an effort to alleviate
his symptoms. He underwent surgery to decompress a nerve in his head,
with little improvement. His doctors are hopeful to be able to return
him to work in some capacity. He is not expected to ever return to play
Joseph Cammarata represents Mr. Namoff in a lawsuit pending in the D. C. Superior Court
against D.C, United and the team doctor.
Mr. Cammarata, who is President of the
Brain Injury Association of DC, drafted legislation which is designed to protect youth athletes
from the effects of a concussion. The legislation became law and is known
as the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011, and requires a youth
athlete to be removed from practice or play if suspected of having a concussion
and not returned to practice or play unless cleared by a healthcare professional to do so.