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Was Dodger Owner Negligent in Brian Stow Beating Case?

Jurors have resumed deliberating today in the Brian Stow beating trial. Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was severely beaten following a baseball game at Dodger Stadium three years ago. He now suffers permanent disabilities and is seeking $37.5 million to cover a lifetime of medical care. Stow is also seeking additional damages for pain and suffering.

The lawsuit has raised the issue who should be held responsible for Stow's injuries, and specifically whether former Dodger owner Frank McCourt is responsible for his part in allowing a dangerous condition to get out of hand. According to the civil lawsuit, McCourt was negligent in failing to prove adequate security on opening day – a time when fan emotions run high. Although the men who beat Stow - Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood - were found guilty in a criminal trial and sent to jail for their role in the incident, whether the broader circumstances at the stadium created an environment that fostered violence is central to this case, and has focused national attention on the responsibility of stadium owners to provide an environment that is not "unreasonable dangerous."

Under the legal theory of premises liability, owners and managers of property or establishments owe a duty of care to anyone who is invited onto or could be present on their property. They have a responsibility to provide a safe environment to all visitors and patrons and take all reasonable measures to prevent harm. When harm occurs as the result of the failure to adequately protect their visitors and injury results, victims may be able to file premises liability claims

Here, evidence was presented at trial that an alleged "culture of violence" existed at the stadium and noted that "beer sales were off the chart" that day.

For more information concerning premises liability or if you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an unreasonably dangerous condition on the property of another, please contact the top San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.