Earlier this year, a San Francisco Giants fan was beaten at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles after baseball's opening day. The incident was highly publicized as the victim of the beating ended up in a coma. According to the man's family, he is still hospitalized in San Francisco in critical condition.
A few months after the beating, the man's family filed a lawsuit against several named defendants, claiming a number of things including premises liability. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the stadium, raising the question of inadequate security.
Families and victims file civil claims against defendants for a number of reasons. One particular reason is to seek compensation for expenses that can arise after an unexpected accident. These costs can include medical bills, the cost of home care, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Often victims and their families are not financially prepared to handle what can turn into overwhelming debt.
Just recently the man's attorneys announced what the expected cost would be for his medical treatment and recovery. The amount is expected to exceed $50 million. It is unclear how this particular number was decidedly the total cost. However the cost of treatment, surgeries, and medication alone can be great.
The article does not give details about his injuries, only that he is still in a coma. He may have suffered a brain injury as a result of the head trauma that could affect him for the rest of his life. But if the management of the stadium is found to have been negligent, compensation could help pay for his future medical expenses.
It may be a little while yet before the claim moves forward as the defendants are responding to the recent request for damages.
Source: Contra Costa Times: "Medical cost for Dodger Stadium beating victim Bryan Stow placed at $50 million," Sept. 13, 2011
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