LOS ANGELES (CBS SF) — A jury awarded Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan beaten at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles after a 2011 Opening Day game, $18 million in damages and found the Dodgers organization partially to blame for the incident.
The former owner of the Dodgers, Frank McCourt, was absolved of any blame in the beating of Stow by Dodger fans Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood following an Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers are responsible for about $15 million of the damages and Stow’s attackers are responsible for about $3 million, according to Stow family attorney Thomas Girardi.
Both Norwood and Sanchez are serving time for the brutal attack on Stow and it’s unlikely the family will receive any money from them, Girardi said.
The team’s former ownership group will also have to pay 100 percent of Stow’s medical expenses and loss of past and future earnings, according to Girardi, as well as 25 percent of the $5 million award for pain and suffering.
“I feel like it is a victory… it is a big weight off our shoulders,” said Bryan Stow’s mother, Ann Stow, outside of the courtroom Wednesday.
“The thing is he did get some money to help his future and that’s what we wanted. He’s not gonna be ah, 100 percent maybe for a long time, maybe never, but what he gets will help him through now,” said father David Stow.
Stow was left with disabling brain damage following the attack in a stadium parking lot. His lawyers argued the Dodgers and the team’s former owner shared the blame by not providing adequate security at the stadium.
Defense lawyers said stadium security had been stepped up for the Opening Day game and Stow was partially to blame because he was drunk.
The verdict was read in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.