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Care, lost wages for fan could total $37M

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An expert called to testify by attorneys for a San Francisco Giants fan who sustained brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium said Monday that lost wages and medical costs over his lifetime could total more than $37 million.

Forensic accountant Richard S. Barnes gave the testimony to conclude the plaintiffs' case in the negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of Bryan Stow, who was beaten in a stadium parking lot after the 2011 Opening Day game between the Giants and Dodgers.

The defense is set to begin presenting its side on Tuesday.

Barnes said he based his estimates partly on lost wages for Stow, a paramedic being paid $114,000 a year at the time of his beating.

He also calculated that Stow might live to be 79, that he would have received Social Security at 67, and that he would likely have to go to a residential care facility.

Barnes testified that even if Stow remained at home to receive care, the lifetime totals would still be $32.5 million.

The totals came with several different calculations for Stow's lifetime cost possibilities.

Jurors appeared somewhat confused by the array of charts showing various combinations of figures, and they asked the judge to clarify the numbers. The judge said the charts were not to be taken as evidence but instead as an aid to help the jury if its own potential calculations become necessary.

Stow's parents sat in the front row of court more than two weeks after trial began in the lawsuit filed against the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt.

The jury will decide whether the team and McCourt provided sufficient security.

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