Tuesday, July 10, 2012

San Francisco Giants Fan’s Premise Liability Lawsuit Seeks $50 Million in Damages

The San Francisco Giants fan, Bryan Stow, who was attacked by two men in the parking lot of the said stadium on March 31, 2011 after the team’s opening-day victory over the Giants, is now suing the former Dodger Stadium owner, Frank McCourt and 13 other team entities.

In his premise liability lawsuit, Stow is seeking $50 million in damages for his future medical costs and pain and suffering.

According to court documents, Stow suffered brain injury and is now permanently disabled. Stow’s medication had in fact incurred $4.3 million in medical bills so far and will need additional $50 million plus.

The lawsuit was filed on May 24 before the Los Angeles Superior Court. Among Stow’s claims are assault, battery, negligence, negligent hiring, and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

In a previous trial, two men identified as Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, were ordered to appear in court for the beating of Stow. During the trial, the Los Angeles Superior Court judge, George Lomeli found enough evidence to order both men to proceed to trial on one felony count each of chaos, assault by means possibly to produce severe personal injury, and life-threatening battery.

Furthermore, the court judge also found enough evidence which involves an allegation that Sanchez had personally inflicted severe personal injury against Stow, while with Norwoods, the judge found no sufficient evidence to support the allegations set against the latter.

At present, both men remain in jail and are scheduled to appear on Friday at the downtown Los Angeles court house for arraignment.

In relation to this incident, property owners can be held liable for any injuries caused by accidents that happen on their property or within the premises of their property. If a person was injured while on someone else’s property, the victim may have all the legal rights to file for a premise liability claim against the property owner and other parties involved in the incident.

According to a Los Angeles premise liability lawyer, although such premise liability claims are considered personal injury claims, they present their own problems and one of a kind evidence issues.