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Bryan Stow returns home

Jun 13, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

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It’s been over two years since Bryan Stow was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. But now, after nearly dying of his injuries and a long, hard rehabilitation, he’s heading home:

Bryan Stow’s family said on its website Wednesday that Stow will now live with them in the Santa Cruz, Calif., area after spending about a year at the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield, a live-in rehabilitation facility.

Stow’s family talks about his move into the rehab facility and then, ultimately, home on their website.

There is a bit of a cloud to all of this, however: part of the reason Stow is leaving where he is now is that the insurance, as opposed to the doctors, decided that he didn’t need to be there anymore. I hope that’s true and not a function of a health care system where the tail often wags the dog.


  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Insurance companies always know better than doctors.

  2. geoknows - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    The article doesn’t say that the insurance company decided he didn’t need to be there any more. It says the insurance company will not pay for it any more. There is a big big difference. Most likely, given the catastrophic nature of his injury, he has reached his lifetime benefit maximum. It’s unfortunate, but many people still have the attached to their coverage.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Yep. The insurance industry in this country is bullshit, causing us to be as backward as it gets when it comes to healthcare.

  3. Ralph - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Unfortunately, according the post on the family’s website, it looks like he could have benefited greatly by staying at the facility but the insurance company has pulled the plug. Sadly, that’s par for the course for the insurance industry.

    Brian’s story is such a heart-wrenching one, I wish him and his family nothing but the best. If there’s any justice in this world, his attackers will receive the harshest punishment possible when they come to trial.

    • bigharold - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      People in this country worry about the Government getting between them and their doctor. They fail to see the real issue is the insurance company that is between them and their doctor. Insurance companies motives are profits, they hire better lawyers and are far more ruthless.

      • Paul White - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:37 AM

        Hang on a sec. I can’t speak to the particulars of this case so I won’t. But labeling the entire “insurance industry” as heartless, profit-driven, and uncaring is a bit careless, no? Do you know how many people are saved from financial ruin in this country by the insurance industry each year? My nephew, a catastrophic claim handler for an insurer, was on the ground in Oklahoma within hours of the recent tornadoes, cutting full-policy-limit checks on the spot and arranging for immediate living expenses. People were breaking down in tears and hugging him. The same thing happened when he was in New Jersey dealing with Sandy last year, and happens to him routinely in his job.

        And yes, healthcare insurance is different and certainly has a bad reputation, and I’m not trying to defend them in general, or even in this particular case. But while we don’t know the exact details in this case, we can be pretty certain that whoever the insurer is, they have paid out many times more money in benefits to Brian Stow and his family than they have received in premiums from him. That’s the nature of catastrophic injuries. Maybe he is being released sooner than the doctors would like because the insurer said he had to. But at the same time, what would have been the quality or quantity of Stow’s treatment for the last year without that insurer paying for it?

      • temporarilyexiled - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Big difference between property insurance and health insurance. One is simply part of life. The other is part of the entire healthcare mess – a tangled web of those type of insurance companies, drug companies, and greedy providers.

        Charge more and more often, and defend it when questioned as what you need to do to CYA from malpractice lawyers.

        Oh yeah, and if it actually gets expensive for YOU, drop the patient like their more radioactive than Chernobyl.

      • temporarilyexiled - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:22 AM


        edit function…

      • Paul White - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Yes, I noted the difference between healthcare insurance and others. The problem is that most people don’t make any distinction. They carelessly throw out “insurance industry” as some catchall boogeyman. It’s simply not the case.

        And in relation to this case….I’d argue that the insurer is the only entity that has lived up to its responsibilities. They had a legally binding contract to cover health costs up to a certain limit, and they did so, at great financial loss on this particular case. Obviously the actual assailants didn’t help with any of the expense. Did the Dodgers, who created the dangerous situation, pay millions of dollars for Stow’s care? No. Did Stow or his family? No. Did the doctors provide any care out of their own pockets once the insurance money ran out? No. But it’s more convenient to blame the deep pocket insurer and label them as some heartless monolithic entity that never does any good.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I forget- did they ever arrest anyone in this case?

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Yes, but I haven’t heard anything about it in over a year so I’m not sure what the story is there. There were two of them arrested and one of them apparently confessed to his mom.

  5. echech88 - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Dodgers should pay for his extended care. If you can give Brandon League $35M, you clearly have too much money.

    • davidpom50 - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Frank McCourt should pay for his extended care. He’s the one who eliminated the position of his chief of security, then drastically reduced security at a stadium and thereby allowed thugs to take over what should be a family-friendly venue.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      In all seriousness, this is what should happen. Will he sue the Dodgers in an effort to get it?

  6. broncostevenp - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    The biggest scam in the United States? Insurance. Whether its auto (turn on your tv and see how many commercials in an hour are auto insurance companies), life, homeowners (see how State Farm and Allstate handled the florida hurricane and Katrina claims) or health insurance. It’s all a scam.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      homeowners (see how State Farm and Allstate handled the florida hurricane and Katrina claim

      Homeowners policies don’t cover flood damage. They never have, and they never will. But this is ‘Murica, where ignorance of something is a defense against not getting what we want.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Insurance is a scam. You are correct. But There are tons of scams. Alternative medicine like holistic treatments or chiropractic care. All scams. Biggest scam of all? The church. They Take wads of cash from working people and give nothing in return. To top it off they don’t even have to pay taxes. Free money for nothing. Bottom line: Humans like to scam each other and take advantage by any means necessary

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:40 AM

        Alternative medicine actually works. Chiropractors are not quacks.

        Unless you believe that Western Medicine is the only way to go.

        Hey, look at that…. Bryan Stow just got kicked out of a hospital because there is no more allotted money to care for him.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        There is no evidence of alternative medicine working. It’s all testimonial. I’m sure there are some benefits to chiropractic care in some cases. But chiropractors claim to be able to do a lot more than they actually do.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Big Straw Man from Bigmeechy. Do all chiropractors claim to do a lot more than they are capable of doing?

        To bring this back to baseball, Rafael Furcal went under the knife twice for a slipped disc and ended up finishing his Dodgers career in pain and on the DL. It always amazed me why a second opinion or alternative approach wasn’t attempted.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        My friends dad is a chiropractor. I was in a car wreck about 15 years ago and he had me in there every single day and milked the insurance company for every dime he could. He had postures and literature with silly claims that chiropractic could cure every ailment conceivable, depending on which vertebrae he manipulated. Absurd. Are you a chiropractor or something? I seem to have touched a nerve. And the rafael furcal thing, what’s your point? Medical science isn’t perfect. But science keeps making strides to make our lives better. Science deals in facts and evidence. I prefer that over woo woo

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        I am not a chiropractor. I am also not a fan of Western medicine. The nerve you touched is about the focus on your argument as being that all chiros proclaim they can solve all problems. I don’t have a dog in the chiro world except to say that it took a good chiro to figure out how to stop all the migraines I was having since I was a child.

        If somebody wants to go on a board with outlandish claims about other people and their professions, then somebody just might respond to those outlandish claims. That’s the role I’m playing in this discussion.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        I told you that the chiropractic literature that I looked at in that offense was making outlandish claims. I guess you don’t have a problem with that. And earlier you said you believed in alternative medicine. Ok well if you get cancer you should go to a holistic guy and take a bunch of herbs and if I get cancer I will go to the hospital and we’ll see who comes out better. Ask Steve Jobs how well that worked out for him

  7. adammac2 - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    My dad has been at this facility for a tbi. Over 30k + a month. Sad that there are truly no cures or Enough research for adequate therapies for the injuries that people like this have suffered!

  8. robertb655 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    bigmeechy74 says “Insurance is a scam. You are correct. But There are tons of scams. Alternative medicine like holistic treatments or chiropractic care. All scams. Biggest scam of all? The church. They Take wads of cash from working people and give nothing in return. To top it off they don’t even have to pay taxes. Free money for nothing. Bottom line: Humans like to scam each other and take advantage by any means necessary”

    Seriously?? Im no religious fanatic but you are full of s**t! Give nothing in return? Every church I’ve encountered is all about raising up the people around them, not bringing them down.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Raising the people up, then asking for donations. How do you think they make money? They make it from those people that they “raise up.” I guess for some reason the creator of the universe needs cash? It’s the oldest scam on earth. Threaten people with eternal damnation, then gain power and riches. It’s simple.

  9. aceshigh11 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    The B. Hussein Obamacare death panels strike again.

  10. kpow55 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Dodgers should’ve been paying from day 1. It was their classless fans, not a representative of the whole, who brutally attacked this family man.

    Get Garagos or someone on it. They’ll get theirs.

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