San Francisco General Seeks $1.2M From Dodgers For Fans Treatment [VIDEO]
The Los Angeles Dodgers are being asked for a $1.2 million reimbursement by San Francisco General Hospital for extensive brain trauma care given to patient Bryan Stow. The Santa Cruz CA paramedic and father of two sustained serious brain injuries when he was brutally beaten by two Dodgers fans outside Dodger Stadium following the 2011 season opener. He spent months at a Los Angeles hospital in a medically induced coma. He was later transferred to San Francisco General where he spent five months. Stow eventually was moved to a private rehabilitation center.
The hospital has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to pursue $1.2 million in medical reimbursements from the Dodgers’ insurers.
Stow and his family are set to go to trial next May in Los Angeles Superior Court, in a suit that blames the Dodgers, former owner Frank McCourt and related entities for substandard stadium security conditions that led to the March 2011 attack in which Stow was critically injured in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.
Attorneys for Stow and the Dodgers asked the Bankruptcy Court to let San Francisco General Hospital pursue its $1.2 million claim, even though the deadline to submit claims has passed. If U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross agrees, as expected, then the hospital can seek reimbursement from whatever amount the Dodgers’ insurers might be ordered to pay at trial, or in a settlement.
Attorneys for Stow agreed last March that insurance funds would be sufficient to cover whatever award a jury might make. Thomas Girardi, the lead attorney for Stow, has suggested his client might need more than $50 million for lifetime medical care after the Dodger Stadium attack resulted in “traumatic brain injury that has left him severely and permanently disabled,” according to court papers.The $1.2 million sum totals the medical bills not covered by Stow’s personal medical insurance. San Francisco General Hospital is seeking the money from former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. He is accused of allowing security around Dodger Stadium to falter, allowing the beating to happen.
Authorities have charged two men in the beating. Both have pleaded not guilty.