More Americans have become aware of the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries – not only during accidents, but also in the sports so many of us, and our children, love to play. If you watch the news, you've probably noticed that concussions – which are traumatic brain injuries – have been getting a lot of press. The NFL concussion lawsuit has been followed closely, and at the end of last month, President Obama hosted the Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House. Coverage of these events is helping raise awareness about brain injuries and why we all need to focus on preventing them.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our legal team has decades of experience helping brain injury victims and their families. Our attorneys are dedicated to increasing awareness about brain injuries and partnering with organizations that expand our knowledge of how to prevent and treat them.
Here are just a few of the things our lawyers have done in the brain injury field:
The Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia
Partners Joseph Cammarata & Ira Sherman founded an affiliate chapter of the Brain Injury Association of America, an organization committed to advancing brain injury prevention, research, treatment, and education, and to improving the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. Since establishing the Brain Injury Association of Washington, D.C. (BIADC) in 2007, Partners Cammarata & Sherman have worked to educate the public and have formed a support group to help brain injury survivors and their families. Mr. Cammarata serves as President of the BIADC and Mr. Sherman serves as Vice President. Mr. Sherman is also the Treasurer of the Brain injury Association of America.
Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011
Partner Joseph Cammarata helped draft legislation to protect youth athletes from the risk of brain injury. The legislation creates strict protocol for removing youth athletes immediately from play and returning them to practice or play after it is suspected that they've experienced a concussion. The Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011 has become law in the District of Columbia and applies to all youth athletes participating in an athletic activity (including gym class) in public, private, or charter schools, and youth leagues.
Representing and Protecting Brain Injury Victims
Our firm has significant experience representing brain injury victims, including athletes of all levels who've experienced concussions and TBI. For example, we've represented youth, high school, and college athletes, their families, and professional athletes who suffered considerably as a result of concussions and the failures of sports teams to protect them. We've also recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of other brain injury victims and their families.
You can learn more about our work in the brain injury field by reading our Spring 2014 Newsletter. To discuss a case involving brain injury, call 202-644-8303 for a free consultation with a Washington, DC brain injury lawyer.