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LOS ANGELES — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a stadium parking lot beating won his negligence suit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, with a jury awarding about $18 million but dividing responsibility among the club and the two men who beat him.
Plaintiff’s attorney Tom Girardi said the verdict means the Dodgers must pay about $14 million in economic losses and a portion of a separate sum for pain and suffering, which adds about $1 million more.
Dave Stow said his brain-damaged son probably wouldn’t understand the details if Wednesday’s verdict.
“But Bryan will know that he got some help today,” he said.
Lawyers for the 45-year-old Stow claimed the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt failed to provide adequate security at the stadium. The defense countered that security was stronger than ever at an opening day contest and Stow was partially to blame because he was drunk.
McCourt was absolved by the jury on Wednesday.
Dodger fans Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty in the attack after a lengthy preliminary hearing in which witnesses said security guards were absent from the parking lot where Stow was attacked.
The jury’s finding was “a lot better than what we had,” Dave Stow said.
“He did get some money to help the future and that’s what we wanted — we wanted help,” he said. “He’s not going to be 100 percent, maybe for a long time, maybe never. What he gets is going to help him through now, and that’s what he needs.”
“We’ll make it work for him,” mother Ann Stow agreed.
They said they had not spoken to their son, who did not attend the hearing, but did talk to his sisters and expected they would talk to him.
Stow’s mother said she held her husband’s hand as the court read the part of the verdict in which jurors found her son not liable for the attack. That verdict was unanimous, unlike the other two, in which jurors split over whether the Dodgers or McCourt were liable.
“I was so ecstatic because we know our son and we know that the picture the defense was trying to portray was not Bryan at all,” Ann Stow said.
Girardi had asked for more than double the $18 million sum, but said he still considered it a victory.
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