Crime & Justice

Bryan Stow v. Dodgers: Giants fan's life expectancy issue at civil trial

File: Los Angeles Police Department officers patrol inside Dodger Stadium prior to the start of the baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles in response to the opening day attack on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow two weeks prior.
File: Los Angeles Police Department officers patrol inside Dodger Stadium prior to the start of the baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles in response to the opening day attack on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow two weeks prior.
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The expected lifespan of the San Francisco Giants fan severely beaten in Los Angeles has become an issue in the trial of a lawsuit against the Dodgers.

Doctors retained by Bryan Stow's attorneys have previously asserted during court proceedings that Stow's life expectancy has dropped two to five years.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that estimate was challenged Monday by Robert Shavelle, technical director of the Life Expectancy Project. He said Stow, now 45, would probably live about 23 more years — 10 years less than average.

An attorney for Stow and his family cast doubt on Shavelle's methodology, saying it did not account for how active a lifestyle he lived.

Life expectancy is an issue if the jury decides to award monetary damages for Stow's lifetime care.