Lawyers for Bryan Stow, Dodgers disagree on best place for long-term care

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Stow’s attorneys maintain security was insufficient inside and outside the stadium and that no officers or guards were present in lot 2 when Stow was attacked, resulting in permanent brain injuries.Stow’s lawsuit was filed two months after the attack on behalf of the father of two. His attorneys maintain that Stow’s assailants should have been kicked out of Dodger Stadium hours earlier for unruly behavior and that more uniformed security within the stadium could have acted as a deterrent to their misconduct.Rialto residents Sanchez, 31, and Norwood, 33, pleaded guilty in January to carrying out the assault on Stow and were sentenced to eight- and four-year terms, respectively. They are both facing a federal weapons charge that could land them in a federal lockup for up to 10 years.Defense attorneys say Sanchez, Norwood and Stow are to blame for his injuries, asserting Stow was drunk, gestured toward his assailants and made sarcastic remarks. Several witnesses for Stow, however, have denied that he antagonized his assailants.McCourt filed a cross-complaint against Norwood and Sanchez that is being tried along with Stow’s case. Hedge said Stow gets the kind of love and care from relatives that he would not get at a group home, but he wouldn’t expect the former paramedic’s parents to always be his primary caregivers. He noted there was a lack of rehab centers near Northern California’s Capitola-Aptos area, where Stow lives with his mother and father.In other testimony, Carol Hyland, a rehabilitation consultant who worked closely with Hedge in preparing a proposed life-care plan for Stow, told jurors that considerable savings could be achieved by substituting alternative proposals to those offered by the plaintiff’s experts.Hyland said that while the medical services cost estimates made by Stow’s experts were reasonable, their predictions were fairly high in such areas as modifying the plaintiff’s home for his wheelchair and providing caregivers either within his home or in a care facility.She did not see sufficient source material for some of the estimates offered by one plaintiff’s rehabilitation expert, Mary Jesko.Stow, wearing San Francisco Giants gear, was punched from behind by Louie Sanchez in Dodger Stadium’s parking lot 2 after the home opener between the longtime rivals on March 31, 2011. Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, both Dodger fans, then kicked Stow after he fell to the ground.center_img A rehabilitation specialist testified Tuesday that while Bryan Stow will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life due to a beating attack outside Dodger Stadium three years ago that left him with permanent brain damage, he is better off at home than at a board-and-care facility.Dr. Thomas Hedge of Northridge Hospital Medical Center disagreed with a plaintiff’s expert witness, who testified that Stow, now 45, should be moved to a care facility when he is 55 or 60 years old, in part to relieve the stress on his parents, who are caring for him in their home. His mother and father are 66 and 70, respectively.Stow’s attorneys have estimated his lifetime care and lost wages could top $37.5 million.Taking the stand as a defense witness in the Los Angeles Superior Court trial of Stow’s negligence lawsuit against former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, Hedge said he met with Stow for about two hours at a Capitola hotel last year. Stow’s parents were on hand to answer questions that their son could not.last_img

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