Bryan Stow vs. Dodgers: Opening statements expected today

Opening statements to begin Thursday in suit filed against the Dodgers by the family of Bryan Stow

Opening statements are scheduled to begin Thursday in the civil suit filed against the Dodgers and its former owner by the family of Bryan Stow, who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium after the 2011 season opener.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the San Francisco Giants fan and his two children, contends that former owner Frank McCourt focused on funneling money into his lavish lifestyle while depleting the Dodgers of necessary funds for security and lighting outside the stadium.

According to the complaint, the lack of security, coupled with inadequate lighting, "presented a perfect opportunity to commit a variety of crimes. Unfortunately for Bryan Stow, this is exactly what happened."

Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, was wearing Giants gear when he attended opening day at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011. After being repeatedly taunted throughout the game, he was attacked and severely beaten in a parking lot. Placed in a medically induced coma, he had part of his skull removed to relieve pressure on his brain.

Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez, both of Rialto, pleaded guilty to the attack earlier this year.

Stow is only able to walk short distances and speak a few words at a time. In court during jury selection on Tuesday, his buzz cut revealed a scar that runs across his skull.

His parents now care for him, and his children live with his ex-wife.

The suit seeks general and punitive damages, as well as reimbursement to those who donated to the Bryan Stow fund.

In February, Stow's attorney Thomas Girardi said that the cost for Stow's care had been more than $5 million and that an additional estimated $34 million would be needed to treat him through the remainder of his life.

Potential jurors were asked how many times they had attended a Dodgers or Giants game. Other questions included whether they knew anyone who had been in a coma or diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and if they had ever been in a physical altercation.

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