Giants’ Fan Continues Slow Recovery After Beating Which Caused Traumatic Brain Injury
After suffering a beating at Dodger Stadium over a year ago, Bryan Stow continues to make slow but steady progress in recovering from the traumatic brain injury he sustained at the hands of his attackers.
On March 31, 2011, Santa Cruz paramedic Bryan Stow attended opening day at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. An avid Giants fan, Stow showed support for his team by wearing a black Giants jersey and engaging in the typical trash talk with nearby Dodgers fans. Following the game, Mr. Stow was assaulted in the stadium’s parking lot when a group of men beat and kicked him repeatedly. Mr. Stow fell to the ground, striking his head on the concrete and sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury in the process.
Following the attack, Mr. Stow was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with a fractured skull and bleeding in the frontal lobes. In May, Stow’s family filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Los Angeles Dodgers Corp. and the team’s owner, Frank McCourt. The suit, filed on behalf of Stow’s parents and two minor children, seeks damages in the amount of $50 million to help pay for lifetime medical care for the victim. Attorneys for the Dodgers had originally argued that they could not be held liable for Mr. Stow’s injuries since the attack could not have been foreseen. However, the team has since changed its position and settlement of the lawsuit has been deferred until after the Dodgers emerge from bankruptcy proceedings.
The road to recovery for Mr. Stow has been slow and just last month, he was released from the Santa Clara Medical Center to a new facility in Northern California in order to receive aggressive rehabilitation therapy. A year after the attack, Mr. Stow is still struggling to be able to stand or speak on his own due to the extensive damage caused to his brain by the attack. While he is able to say a few words, doctors have determined that the best-case scenario for his prognosis will involve full-time assistance and medical care indefinitely.
Mr. Stow’s family continues to stand by his side and have participated in fundraising events to help raise awareness about the seriousness of traumatic brain injuries. As evidenced by this horrific crime, a traumatic brain injury can have a devastating impact not only on the victim but on their family members as well.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Approximately 30% of all accident-related deaths can be attributed to a traumatic brain injury, with the majority of these deaths occurring in older adults as the result of a fall. When a traumatic brain injury occurs as the result of someone else’s actions, the responsible party may be held criminally and civilly liable. In these cases, an experienced Sacramento brain injury lawyer can assist victims in getting the full amount of compensation they deserve.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP specializes in representing traumatic brain injury victims in Sacramento and throughout California. For more information on filing a brain injury lawsuit, call 1-800-718-4658 to begin your free initial case evaluation. There is never a fee unless damages are recovered on your behalf.