Bryan Stow’s medical costs, lost wages could top $37 million

Bryan Stow in Los Angeles courtroom for jury selection
Bryan Stow. in a wheelchair and assisted by a caregiver, is surrounded by family members as he leaves the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse last month. A witness said Monday that his medical bills and lost wages could total $37 million.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Attorneys for Bryan Stow closed their case against the Dodgers on Monday with the testimony of an accountant who estimated that the lifetime tab for Stow’s medical care and lost wages could exceed $37 million.

The San Francisco Giants fan beaten on Opening Day three years ago suffered severe brain injuries and will require around-the-clock care for the rest of his life, according to testimony in the Los Angeles Superior Court trial.

Richard Barnes, a certified public accountant, said medical costs for the 45-year-old will vary depending on how long Stow lives and when he moves from his parents’ home, where he now resides, to a long-term care facility where costs are higher.

On top of the medical expenses and lost wages, Stow’s lawyers are seeking compensation from the team and former owner Frank McCourt for pain and suffering. They are expected to ask a jury to award Stow and his family more than $50 million.


Before Barnes’ testimony, former Dodgers executive Francine Hughes testified that team officials and law enforcement agencies met at least three times to finalize a security plan for the 2011 home opener.

The security contingent at Chavez Ravine ultimately numbered more than 400, including private security guards and officers from the LAPD, the highway patrol, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

“That was the most security we had ever had,” Hughes said.

“In the history of Dodger Stadium?” asked Dana Fox, an attorney for the team.


“In the history,” Hughes said.

She added that the LAPD had 195 officers assigned outside the stadium and she expected the police would help maintain order as about 56,000 fans departed.

“They told us they would basically help clear the parking lots” and then leave, Hughes said.

Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, was attacked in the parking lot by two Dodgers fans later convicted and sentenced to prison. The Dodgers and McCourt have said those men alone are to blame for Stow’s injuries. 

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