The San Francisco hospital that treated Bryan Stow for four months last year asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Tuesday for permission to pursue $1.2 million in medical reimbursements from the Dodgers' insurers.
Stow and his family are set to go to trial next May in Los Angeles Superior Court, in a suit that blames the Dodgers, former owner Frank McCourt and related entities for conditions that led to the March 2011 attack in which Stow was critically injured in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.
Attorneys for Stow and the Dodgers asked the Bankruptcy Court to let San Francisco General Hospital pursue its $1.2 million claim, even though the deadline to submit claims has passed. If U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross agrees, as expected, then the hospital can seek reimbursement from whatever amount the Dodgers' insurers might be ordered to pay at trial, or in a settlement.
Attorneys for Stow agreed last March that insurance funds would be sufficient to cover whatever award a jury might make. Thomas Girardi, the lead attorney for Stow, has suggested his client might need more than $50 million for lifetime medical care after the Dodger Stadium attack resulted in "traumatic brain injury that has left him severely and permanently disabled," according to court papers.
Stow received initial care in Los Angeles, then was treated at San Francisco General from March to October of 2011. He entered a private rehabilitation center thereafter.