A California jury last month found the Los Angeles Dodgers partially liable for poor stadium security that contributed to the tragic beating of Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, in 2011. The baseball team was ordered to pay Stow $15 million of a total $18 million in damages that were awarded. It had been alleged that the Dodgers and then-owner Frank McCourt were legally responsible for the beating of stow because of inadequate security. The jury found that the Dodgers were 25 percent liable for the attack, while the “thugs,” who were described as stadium-goers, and who beat Stow, were found to be 75 percent liable.
The jury found in favor of McCourt and also found that the victim – Mr. Stow – didn’t provoke the attack. The team is responsible for all lost wages and medical bills awarded by the jury, totaling $14 million, plus about $1 million for pain and suffering. The remaining amount would be owed by the aggressors. Stow alleged the Dodgers had hired fewer off-duty police officers to stand guard than in previous years, a point disputed by the Dodgers, who said they had security at record-high levels during the March 2011 season opener.
The attack that occurred after the Dodgers’ opening day game on March 31, 2011, put Stow, then a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two from Santa Clara, Calif., into a coma. He was left unable to care for himself, with permanent brain damage. Stow alleged that the Dodgers and McCourt’s negligence caused the beating. The Dodgers fans Sanchez and Norwood attacked Stow, who was wearing a Giants jersey, and kicked his head as he lay unconscious. Stow is now disabled and living with his retired parents.
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