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Medical costs for Bryan Stow to exceed $50 million, attorney says

September 13, 2011 | 11:24 am

Bryan Stow
Medical costs for San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who has been hospitalized since he was beaten at Dodger Stadium in March, are expected to exceed $50 million, his attorneys wrote in a court filing.

The estimate came in a civil lawsuit filed by Stow's family against a number of Dodger entities and Frank McCourt.

Attorneys for Stow and his two minor children, Tyler and Tabitha, allege that antiquated facilities and inadequate security at the stadium allowed for the March 31 attack against the Santa Cruz paramedic. The suit blames McCourt's "extravagant" lifestyle for the reduced security presence.

The lawsuit asked for punitive damages on top of compensation for the family's losses, contending that alcohol promotions and lack of security constituted "malice, oppression, and/or a conscious disregard of the rights and safety" of Stow. Last week's filing indicates the family's attorneys will likely be asking for damages far in excess of $50 million.

Attorneys for the team had previously asked a judge to rule that punitive damages were improper because the plaintiffs could not prove an officer or director of any of the sued Dodger entities authorized a wrongful act leading to an attack. They also argued that Stow's children should not be allowed to sue, and that any mention of McCourt's lifestyle should be thrown out.

A hearing is scheduled on the defense motion for Sept 30.


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Photo: An image of Bryan Stow and his children is shown at San Francisco's AT&T Park before a game earlier this year between the Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters