In May of this past year your lawyers in Charleston at Howell and Christmas, LLC posted several entries (found at the end of this post) covering a baseball fan that was nearly beaten to death after an attack by supporters of the opposing team. Now, a highly interesting legal twist has been added to the incident as the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks to sell the team and exit bankruptcy by April 30, 2012.
To recap, a San Francisco Giants fan visiting Los Angeles for the opening day matchup with the Dodgers was attacked by hometown supporters after a narrow 2-1 Dodgers win. The beat down left the Giants' fan with a fractured skull and physicians were forced to put the man into a medically induced coma to prevent seizures. The man was hospitalized until October 2011, and then moved to a rehabilitation facility to continue his recovery. However, sadly, recovery for the fan can only be used in a very limited sense. He is wheelchair-bound and will require around the clock skilled nursing care for the rest of his life.
Also, and as a bit of good news, since the last post by your Charleston personal injury lawyers two men were arrested and charged with assault and mayhem for their alleged role in the attack. One of the men has been cited in the fan's lawsuit as having been involved in two other ballpark incidents that same day. Under California law, the charge of mayhem is a very serious allegation; involving serious injury to another person. Both men have pleaded not guilty, but, if found guilty, the men could serve eight to nine year terms in prison.
In May 2011 the man's family filed suit against the Dodgers Organization and its owner in California State Court, then filed the claim with the federal court in July, weeks after the owner put the team in bankruptcy.