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San Francisco hospital wants Dodgers to cover Bryan Stow expenses

Nov 26, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California Reuters

San Francisco General Hospital is asking the Dodgers for a $1.2 million reimbursement after treating Bryan Stow while he was in a coma last year.

Stow was beaten by two Dodgers fans in the Dodger Stadium parking lot following a game with the Giants last March. 20 months later, the Dodgers still haven’t taken responsibility and paid out a penny in the case. $6 billion television contracts have taken priority of late, apparently.

Stow’s family has sued the Dodgers in an effort to cover his medical expenses, which are being estimated at $50 million for the care he’s already received and for what he’ll need for the rest of his life. A bankruptcy court urged the Dodgers to settle that matter before Frank McCourt sold the team, but a deal failed to materialize. That suit is set to head to trial on Feb. 5.

  1. blackandbluedivision - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Pretty convenient on the heals of this massive TV contract. Isn’t the Stow lawsuit enough?
    So they get money from Stow…then money from the Dodgers?

    • jeffbbf - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      or, on the other hand, the next time you get the shit kicked out of you at a baseball game, the hospital just says “sorry dude, I don’t think you’ll have the money to pay for treatment – can’t let you in”

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        I think the best course of action is to not get youself beat up at a baseball game. Or anywhere else for that matter if you don’t wish to pay the potential consequences.

      • paperlions - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        Yep, because everyone that ever gets beaten up is a willing participant.

        Congrats on what is likely the dumbest comment of the day.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        In this particular case though Mr Stow wasn’t just randomly attacked. There’s video evidence of him talking trash to Dodger fans in the game. It wouldn’t be too much to believe it continued in the parking lot. Nobody derserves what happened to him but it seems his own action had something to do with it. He’s not an innocent victim.

      • Reflex - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        It does not matter if he talked trash or not. Assault is assault. Leaving your door unlocked in no way exhonerates a thief.

        It is well known that the Dodgers were explicitly negligent about security both in and around the stadium. To the degree where MLB actually appointed someone to improve security there because the team refused to do so. How liable that makes them will be for the court to decide.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM

        Reflex, I’m not saying what happened is ok, its not and its tragic. The original comment meant go to the game, behave responsibly and things like this are not likely to happen. If you go to a game engage strangers in trash talk, possibly drink too much and the chances of something like this happening increase. If I call someone a dumbfuck the odds of them punching me in the face dramatically increase over if I just said nothing.

      • blackandbluedivision - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        “Stow and his family also are suing the team because of what they estimate to be $50 million in lifetime medical expenses caused by the beating,”

        So once again…why is the hospital suing?! A lifetime of medical expenses?!

      • blackandbluedivision - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        whoops nevermind same lawsuit.

    • Tim's Neighbor - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      1. The TV money has nothing to do with this. The Dodgers insurance would likely cover this. (Regardless, rule number 1: You don’t sue people who don’t have any money)

      2. A lawsuit depends on how negligent the Dodgers really were. Was this a foreseeable event is what it comes down to. If security saw them exchanging words, bad for Dodgers. Were there parking lot fights before this? Bad for Dodgers. What had the Dodgers done about fan violence in the past? Etc. Etc.

      I’d find it hard to believe that a jury would let the Dodgers (the big bad rich guy) walk away free on this one. I’m surprised that the hospital is getting involved. I’d figure that 50 million dollar lawsuit from the family would cover those expenses.

    • hojo20 - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      No kidding. Quote Saul Rosenburg from the Jerky Boys..”Sue me, sue you, sue everyone!”

    • blackandbluedivision - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      People are missing the fact that Stow AND the hospital that treated him, are suing the Dodgers for what amounts to be the SAME medical expenses.

      • blackandbluedivision - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        whoops nevermind same lawsuit.

  2. thebadguyswon - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    It is convenient timing.

    • natslady - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Maybe. But this was reported yesterday before the TV deal was announced. The TV deal has been in the works for a while, so… maybe… but…

      • paperlions - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

        No TV deal has been announced…mostly, because there has been no agreement…..which is completely irrelevant.

        It isn’t like everyone didn’t already know the Dodgers were headed toward a multi-billion dollar deal starting in 2014…yeah, I’m sure the hospital was really hoping the deal would be big enough to cover the relatively massive $1.2M hospital bill (0.02% of the value of the rumored dollar figure).

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    It would certainly be a classy gesture, and this ownership could write that cheque without batting an eyelash. Seems like the right thing to do regardless of what you think of the timing of the request.

    • echech88 - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      It would certainly look admirable to get ahead of something McCourt was ducking.

      And seriously….the Brandon League contract made it clear that a million here and there isn’t a big deal to the new owners and their new revenue streams.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      The Dodgers’ lawyers don’t believe in classy, especially when there’s already litigation underway. Somebody might get the impression, or be persuaded by lawyers, that the classy gesture is an admission of guilt.

  4. husky2score - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Dodgers should pay every penny of Stow’s recovery. Their fans represented them very poorly, and they should be ashamed. It’s not the Giants fault Stow got hurt, it was the Dodgers and their fans. I hope Stow gets a quick recovery and gets back to a normal life.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      So anytime a fight breaks out amongst fans cheering for opposite teams the organizations should pay for any accompanying hospital bills?

      • husky2score - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:56 PM

        You’re missing the point. This innocent fan was nearly beaten to death, went into a coma for half a year or so, and has been monitored by his hospital for a year and a half and possibly more. All of this was because he wore his teams jersey to a baseball game. If somebody gets in a fight and minor cuts and bruises are suffered, the teams don’t have to pay anything. But, if a fight at a ballgame nearly kills somebody and changes their lives, thats when the opposite team has to pay something due to a lousy fanbase. See my point here?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

        No I don’t see your point. By the stories I’ve read Mr Stow isn’t just an innocent victim. He certainly didn’t deserve to have this happen but he had actions that helped put himself into this situation. It wasn’t just some random attack. And those parking lots are huge. Security can’t be everywhere at all times. Personal accountability. See my point?

      • husky2score - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:11 PM

        People shout at each other at every sporting event, and occasionally, but not often, a little fight breaks out. All sports teams need to not only have control of their teams, but they need to have control over their fans the best they can. The Dodgers need to show that right here and take personal accountability with their fans.

        It’s too bad security can’t be there for the Dodgers at all times, and I know that over here in Maryland, there is an ample amount of security at all sports events, so I’m sure that problem can be fixed in LA, San Fran, etc.

      • bigdicktater - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        According to the LA police, at the time there was virtually NO security in the parking lots at Dodger Stadium because Frank McCourt wouldn’t pay for it. It IS the Dodgers responsibility and the new owners knew it when they bought the team.
        It’s like buying industrial land, the new owners are responsible for environmental cleanup if they didn’t perform accurate due diligence.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

        Yeah people do yell at each other and usually it doesn’t amount to anything bit ot sure as hell can. If you don’t know who you’re yelling at maybe you shouldn’t do it. You never know who’s there looking for a fight. And this happened out in the parking lot not inside the stadium. Its a lot harder to stop all the jack asery in hige parking lots full of cars leaving and people. With the attitude that security should be able to stop everything we’re going to see lawsuits sueing cities because there wasn’t a cop on every corner to stop every crime from happening.

      • husky2score - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        At Dodger stadium, they just have one big parking lot. Not little ones that flood the city. While this situation may have happened at a little parking lot, plenty of people were there, if I heard correctly. If there were a lot of people in the given area, at least one security officer should be in there. Back to the Dodger stadiums big parking lot. McCourt should increase the amount of security, and it won’t be hard to assign territories because it is one huge lot. If he is to lazy to do so, or doesn’t want to spend the money, shame on him.

      • manchestermiracle - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        McCourt hasn’t owned the team for some time now. Hopefully the new ownership group (Guggenheim Baseball) will resolve this situation soon.

  5. spyder9669 - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    the real problem here is the fact that his treatment ACTUALLY COST 50 million….I mean just charge him a bagillion dollars while you’re at it because he can’t pay either number.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      It’s known in the insurance industry as going after the deep pockets. The hospital knows they can’t get that kind of money from an everyday schmoe, so they inflate the bill and attempt to collect from the Dodgers and/or their insurance companies. Chances are the bill will be settled for somewhat less than $50 million.

    • blackandbluedivision - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      He’s suing for current AND future medical expenses.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    50 MILLION???? shit gotta love this country’s healthcare system…Dodgers should cover it and it would be good P.R. and cost them pennies of what they make…sad to see how are healthcare really works…who the hell can afford THAT!

    • drunkenhooliganism - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      The original bill is $50 Million, but the amount the insurance companies negotiate it to, is like $875

  7. lew24 - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    I hate to pile on…and no one deserves what happen to him but I would never talk trash to guys that look like that.

    It sad that it is unsafe sometimes to go to games.

  8. broncobrewer - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    How much are the guys who put him in the hospital covering? Shouldn’t they get the bill? I don’t see how the dodgers have anything to do with the bill. They didn’t do the beating, so why should they pay.

    • kkolchak - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Because they were responsible for security and the thugs obviously don’t have the money. And anyway, why do you care whether a billionaire baseball owner gets stuck with this bill?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      You’re making too much sense but they’re just going after the party with the deepest pockets.

    • paperlions - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      If you are going to invite up to 50,000 people to your place and serve them alcohol then you take on the responsibility of security and safety for everyone you invited. The Dodgers failed in their responsibility: to save money they made HUGE cuts to their security staff. Would this have happened anyway? Maybe. But knowingly failing to provide adequate security puts the organization on the hook.

  9. vallewho - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    since when does a hospital or any other entity gets to decide where they will send the bill to other than the party to whom the services were rendered/provided?

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      A court will decide if the Dodger organization is legally responsible for the medical costs incurred, thus the lawsuit going to trial next February.

      • vallewho - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        Why not send the bill to the mother and father of the perp(s)?

      • blackandbluedivision - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        which one? The hospital and Stow are suing.

  10. bcjim - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    And people say our hc system is good…. 50 million????

    He should be fed grapes by naked supermodels daily for life for that dough.

    Seriously..50 mil?

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      That total likely includes not only the current bill (intensive care for comatose patients is quite expensive), but future needs as well. When working up the possible expenses for lifetime care I’m sure the bean counter included not only worse-case scenarios, but also assumed the victim would live to the median age for men.

  11. chukpark - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    This blurb doesn’t mention how much the hospital is going after Stow’s insurer for or what they want from the Dodgers’ insurer. Will he hospital give up these other claims if the Dodgers pay these expenses?

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      Assuming Stow had health insurance it’s likely his insurance company is cooperating in the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiff(s) in order to avoid any liability.

  12. chukpark - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    This blurb doesn’t mention how much the hospital is going after Stow’s insurer for or what they want from the Dodgers’ insurer. Will the hospital give up these other claims if the Dodgers pay these expenses?

  13. crisisjunky - Nov 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    MagicCo. knew they were getting Frank’s legacy when they made the offer for the team.
    When your pockets have silver linings, sometimes you buy off the clouds.
    The sooner the McCourt era follows the Spanish Inquisition into faded history the better., and if the new regime can make that happen with a check, they should do it yesterday.

    • crisisjunky - Nov 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      sorry, when I think of the old Dodger ownership, I can’t help channeling Monty Python…..

  14. cameltoehoe - Nov 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    I wanted to comment but husky2score said it for me.

    BTW: you can’t say “I feel sorry for him” or “nobody deserves this” then say “but he’s not a innocent victim”. It makes whoever said this sound like a heartless prick.

    Obviously who said that on this thread has never been a victim of a senseless crime or knows somebody personally who has.

    I’m from the Bay, and anybody w/i the SF area who has severe head trauma is sent to SF General. They offer great care & often have to eat bills for the homeless & less fortunate. Yet, they still employ top notch MD’s, Nurses & staff.

    Listen, I’m not trying to justify the cost of healthcare, but try going to the ER w/o insurance & watch the bills pile up. Then add to that MRI’s, meds, Physical Therapy & Hospital stays,etc. things you’ll need on a daily basis. Then times it by 50 years (your supposed remaining life expectancy) & see if it comes to a cozy manageable figure.

    No, the Stowe’s did not ask for this. Neither did the staff at SF General. Yet, as a society, we should stop picking up our Cell phones to dial 911, rather then to film it for YouTube. Then maybe a senseless crime could have been avoided.

    I mean the stadium didn’t have cameras to monitor the lot! Yet they’re set to make billions on TV revenue? You bet it’s convenient timing! I hope the courts make The Dodgers pay for every penny of his care. The money would be better off spent rather than their spending spree on washed up or overrated players.

  15. wvugrad00 - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    How in the world can SF General even begin to come to a 50 million dollar number? That is just crazy talk and a good reason the entire system needs to be over hauled.

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