Expert: Care, lost wages for fan could total $37M

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for a San Francisco Giants fan gravely disabled after a beating at Dodger Stadium rested their case in a negligence suit Monday after an expert said Bryan Stow's lost wages and medical costs could total more than $37 million over his lifetime.

A lawyer for the Dodgers and former team owner Frank McCourt challenged the figures but also told jurors they could not consider them unless they first determine the defendants are liable for Stow's injuries.

Defense lawyers planned to begin calling witnesses Tuesday and estimated their case would last five days. The suit could go to jurors for a decision next week.

The plaintiff's nearly-three-week case focused on Stow's injuries and lapses in security at Dodger Stadium when the beating occurred. Another plaintiff's witness, former Vice President of Stadium Operations Francine Hughes, said she was in charge of eight different departments including security.

She testified she never heard anyone complain during staff meetings that they were short of security people in spite of staff member's earlier testimony to the contrary. She said the Dodgers had the largest security force in its history for the 2011 Opening Day game between the two California rivals.

Asked by attorney Tom Girardi why no one responded to a huge fight that broke out in the stands and later to the beating in the parking lot, she replied in a flat voice, "If they would have observed it and been in that location they would have responded."

She repeated the same answer several times as Girardi pressed her on the issue.

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