The Los Angeles Dodgers' financial liability to a beaten San Francisco Giants fan from Santa Cruz will likely be "massive," creditor attorneys said Wednesday.
Before Bryan Stow, 42, went to his first-ever game at Dodger Stadium on March 31, he worked as an American Medical Response paramedic in Santa Clara and was an active loving father for his two children.Today, one-third of Stow's brain is damaged beyond repair, he struggles to speak, and sometimes cannot recognize his parents' faces.
Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt plans on selling the Dodgers for $1 billion, and debts and tax liabilities may equal that amount. The Dodgers and their parent company, which are more than $600 million in debt, are claiming they are not liable for the attack on Stow or his medical expenses.
Stow's medical bills have racked up so high that they are approaching $50 million.
A California judge will rule on whether the Dodgers are financially responsible for Stow, and Stow's family has filed a massive lawsuit against the baseball team.
For nine months, top brain trauma surgeons at San Francisco General Hospital and in Los Angeles gave Stow around-the-clock medical care as he barely clung to life. He still has not been able to return home to Santa Cruz, and is living in a rehabilitation center.
The lifelong Giants fan does not remember anything that happened the day two Dodger fans jumped him in Dodger Stadium's parking lot and kicked his head even after he was unconscious from his head hitting the pavement.
The McCourt-Stow-Dodgers dispute is further complicated by McCourt's divorce to his now ex-wife Jamie, who is getting $131 million from a divorce settlement.