On September 11, 2012, Bryan Namoff, an ex-professional soccer player for D.C. United sued the team for $32 million in damages after suffering a head injury and permanent traumatic brain injury that ended his career in 2009.
During a game in 2009, Namoff suffered a blow to his head when he collided with another soccer player. Though Namoff got up on his own and finished the game, he felt lost and out of it. The team doctor never left the sidelines to examine Namoff.
After the game, Namoff told the team doctor that he did not feel right, the lights were hazy and that he had no peripheral vision. He had fatigue and headaches for days after the collision and claims that the team knew of his concussive symptoms but put him in a game 3 days after the injury.
During the game, Namoff's reactions were slow, and he exhibited post-concussive symptoms which got worse by the end of the game.
Namoff claims that even after telling team doctors of his symptoms, he was not evaluated and did not receive a post-injury neurocognitive test.
Because of the traumatic brain injury, Namoff suffers from:
Concussions and head collisions sustained during a sporting event cannot be taken lightly. If the player is not properly medically evaluated and sustains a traumatic brain injury because of the coaches and team doctors' negligence, the player may be entitled to recover for his damages.
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