Bryan Stow is going to receive less than $6 million of his nearly $14 million jury award


An enlightening and, frankly, depressing story from Bloomberg about how Bryan Stow, who was beaten nearly to death outside of Dodger Stadium in 2011 and subsequently received a nearly $14 million jury award, has yet to see hardly any of the money and, eventually, will only receive a bit under $6 million. This despite the fact that most familiar with his case believe he’ll have some $30 million in medical and caregiving expenses during the remainder of his lifetime.

Why? The beauty of insurance subrogation, which allows insurance companies to recoup the money they paid to cover losses from any subsequent settlements. That is, yes, you pay your $X hundred a month for health insurance, but if you need to use it — like Bryan Stow did after his attack — the company can then come to you and take a chunk of your lawsuit recovery to recoup its losses. Which you may not consider to be the company’s “losses” as opposed to “the expenses it agreed to pay in exchange for premiums,” but if you think that, boy are you naive about how the insurance law works. The Bloomberg article walks you through it, however, to explain how this is all legal and, frankly, par for the course.

But it is unjust. Especially given that, because of some odd business machinations, one of the companies that is, indirectly anyway, getting a chunk of Bryan Stow’s legal settlement is the insurance company that covers the Dodgers. Yes, the same Dodgers who have to pay Bryan Stow as a result of their negligence.

Nice system we have, eh?

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.