Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – A jury has awarded $18 million to San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who suffered massive brain injuries after he was beaten by two Los Angeles Dodgers fans outside Dodgers Stadium in 2011.
In a 9-3 vote, the jurors found that the Dodgers shared just 25 percent of the liability for Stow’s injuries, assigning the rest of the blame to his assailants – Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who were earlier convicted of assault.
They also cleared former owner Frank McCourt from any liability for the March 31, 2011 attack.
However, under California laws, the organization is responsible for the entirety of Stow’s medical bills and lost earnings amounting to almost $15 million.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Ann Stow, Bryan’s mother, said after the verdict was read in Judge Victor E. Chavez’s courtroom. “It was like a big weight off of our shoulders. We waited three years to hear that, and it’s finally over.”
Led by attorney Thomas Girardi, the plaintiffs alleged the Dodgers and McCourt were to blame because of shoddy security and poor lighting.
Former Dodgers security personnel testified that the organization was ill-equipped to handle the massive crowd that arrived for opening day in 2011.
The defense countered that opening day that year marked the then-largest security force in the history of Dodger Stadium. They also presented evidence that the Dodgers had increased spending on security every year.
Defense attorney Dana Fox said the real culprits were Sanchez and Norwood and Stow’s own intoxication that night.