Injured Giants Fan Bryan Stow Sues LA Dodgers Again

The lawsuit alleges that the Dodgers and the team's insurers are fraudulently trying to recover $3.4 million in insurance payments for Bryan Stow's medical care

An attorney for Bryan Stow, the gravely injured Giants fan who won a multimillion-dollar damage suit against the Dodgers, has sued the team again, claiming it is trying to recoup $3.4 million in insurance payments from Stow for his medical care after a beating.

Attorney Tom Girardi said in the lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles that the Dodgers and the organization's insurer want the money returned from the $18 million awarded to Stow this summer by a jury. The jury found the Dodgers were negligent when Stow was attacked by two men in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

Those two men, Louis Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, were sentenced in February to eight years and four years, respectively, in state prison.

Stow, a Santa Clara paramedic, suffered a traumatic brain injury after being beaten by two Dodger fans in a parking lot of Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011. Doctors have testified he will require treatment for the rest of his life.

The new lawsuit seeks damages for "fraudulent" actions by the Dodgers and their insurance providers. The lawsuit alleges that after Stow's insurer stopped covering the live-in care he received the Dodgers and their provider bought the $3.4 million lien for the medical care at a cost of $1.8 million from Stow's former employer -- also named in the lawsuit. Stow's insurer did not first discuss the matter with him, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims the Dodgers and their insurer are trying to collect $3.4 million from the plaintiff, "even though the lien was satisfied for $1.8 million."

The earlier lawsuit against the Dodgers claimed the organization and team's former owner failed to provide adequate security at the stadium north of downtown Los Angeles.

The trial included testimony from Stow's friends, family members, Dodger Stadium security officials and ex-owner Frank McCourt, who was absolved by the jury.

An attorney for Stow had asked during closing arguments that Stow be awarded $36 million for lifetime care and double that amount for pain and suffering. Team lawyers argued Stow should receive no money because the only people to blame were the two attackers.

Jerome Jackson, a lawyer for the Dodgers, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez and NBC Los Angeles' Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this report.

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