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Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Dodgers Over Fan's Parking Lot Beating Can Proceed

December 31, 1969

A bankruptcy court judge has approved an agreement that would allow Bryan Stow's family to move forward with their Los Angeles premises liability lawsuit against the LA Dodgers. Stow was severely beaten in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium last March.

Stow suffered what appears to be permanent brain damage from the assault that left him with a child's cognitive ability. The 43-year-old may never walk again.

Two men, 30-year-old Marvin Norwood and 29-year-old Louie Sanchez, were charged in the beating for mayhem, battery with serious bodily injury, and assault by any means to likely result in great bodily harm.

Stow was walking with his friends when Sanchez, who had allegedly already assaulted others that day, approached them and started punching members of the group. Sanchez then struck Stow on the side of his head, who lost consciousness and fell to the ground, striking his head on the concrete. Sanchez then allegedly kept kicking Stow's head. Meantime, Norwood also allegedly was kicking Stow.

Stow's family is also suing Frank McCourt, who owns the Dodgers. The plaintiffs are contending that it took stadium personal 15 minutes to respond after the beating was reported.

The Dodgers have come under scrutiny before over allegations of inadequate security at the stadium. There have also been reports of a gang presence on the grounds.

Stow's family has said that it will likely cost up to $50 million to pay for the lifetime of care that he will require as a result of his Los Angeles personal injuries.

"Property owners of large venues must make sure there is adequate security to decrease the chances of violent crimes and other injury incidents," said Howard Law, PC Founder and Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Vincent Howard. "Sufficient staffing, proper lighting, surveillance cameras, and security screeners are possible security measures that can be implemented."

Premise owners must also make sure that any safety hazards are eliminated. It was just last year that the Dodgers settled a Los Angeles premises liability case with another plaintiff, baseball fan Stephen Suarez, who broke his neck in 2008 when a drunken spectator fell from an upper stadium deck and landed on him. Suarez accused the Dodgers of negligence, contending that security failed to make sure that the man who fell on him, Pete La Rosa, left the premise. La Rosa had been smoking pot and consumed six tequila shots and ten beers prior to the fall accident. Suarez's brother Alex said he suffered emotional injuries from watching his sibling get hurt.

"Even if your injury was caused by someone not affiliated with the premise where the incident took place, you still may be able to pursue damages from a property owner that could/should have prevented the accident or crime from happening, said Los Angeles Premises Liability Lawyer Vincent Howard.

Bryan Stow family's lawsuit against Dodgers can move forward, The Examiner, March 20, 2012

Suspects in Stow Assault Plead Not Guilty, NBC4, August 10, 2011

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Contact Los Angeles Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Vincent Howard at Howard, Law, PC today.