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Soccer player files lawsuit against doctor concerning concussion

With the tremendous amount of publicity being focused upon concussions involving athletes, little focus has been upon the role of physicians when a possible concussion has been suffered. Bryan Namoff, a soccer player, has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against such a physician alleging that his career was cut short because the physician cleared him too soon to return to play.

Namoff claims to have suffered brain injury along with cognitive, memory and sensory loss in a career ending injury he sustained upon the soccer field. Apparently, this isn't the only lawsuit of this kind involving a physician. Clay Rush, a professional football player in the Arena Football League, settled out with a hospital because a doctor cleared him to play after he already had suffered two previous concussions.

If the above allegations are correct, it appears that doctors have, against their better judgment, been clearing players to play and putting such players at further risk, or such doctors have not been educating themselves concerning the long term impact of concussions already suffered. This would not reflect well upon such doctors in either case.

In the first circumstance, it would show that doctors are caving into pressure and making decisions based on other factors than the physical well being of their patients. In the second case, it would indicate that such doctors are not qualified to perform their jobs.

For Pittsburgh patients suspecting that a doctor is not properly diagnosing a condition such as a concussion, such patients may wish to speak to a seasoned medical malpractice attorney to see if there is a cause of action. Doctors will not only be held accountable for mistakes made in an operating room. Doctors will also be held accountable for failing to properly diagnose the health of a patient and making suggestions for preventive care.

Source: The Washington Post, "Bryan Namoff files $12 million lawsuit against D.C. United, claiming medical negligence involving career-ending concussion in 2009 MLS match," by Steven Goff, August 9, 2012

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