Giants fan's lawsuit against Dodgers goes to trial Tuesday

Bryan Stow, a Northern California paramedic and Giants fan, was brutally beaten by two Dodgers fans on Opening Day of 2011.
Bryan Stow, a Northern California paramedic and Giants fan, was brutally beaten by two Dodgers fans on Opening Day of 2011.

Trial starts Tuesday in a multimillion dollar case against the Los Angeles Dodgers by the family of a man left brain damaged after an altercation in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day 2011. 

Bryan Stow suffered a "haymaker" style punch to his blindside from a Dodgers fan who chased him after a verbal exchange following the game. Stow's head cracked as it hit the parking lot pavement, and he has needed constant assistance ever since.

That assistance has come at a significant cost, Stow's family says, and continued medical bills for the rest of his life will likely total about $50 million.

The family has filed suit against the Dodgers, citing lax security at the stadium. At the time of the incident, the team was owned by Frank McCourt. Security has since beefed up at games. 

A spokesman for the Dodgers and the current owners, Guggenheim Partners, declined to comment on the case. 

The civil suit goes to trial months after two men, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, pled guilty in the attack on Stow. Sanchez, the one who punched Stow and initiated the altercation, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Norwood received a sentence of four years.

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