A Los Angeles jury awarded nearly $18M to San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was attacked at a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2011.
The total payout was divided as follows: the Dodgers were held 25% liable for Stow’s injuries, while the two men who attacked Stow, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, were each held 37.5% liable. The $18M amount represents a total of lost wages, past and future medical expenses, as well as mental and physical suffering.
Stow was at Dodgers stadium for the opening day game against the San Francisco Giants in 2011. Witnesses testified that Stow and his friends were taunted throughout the game and were later blindsided from behind as they walked through a dim parking lot, all of which went unnoticed by stadium security officers. Stow was beaten unconscious and left with serious injuries that require round-the-clock medical assistance for the rest of his life.
Stow’s attorney contended that the owner of the team failed to hire enough security for the game, and instead used the funds to support his lavish lifestyle. The security budget for that game amounted to about 62 cents per fan in attendance. The jury did not find the former owner of the team, Frank McCourt, liable.
Bryan Stow, a former Santa Cruz paramedic, is married with two children.
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