Fenland council binman gets £1.8m rubbish truck payout
A binman whose shattered leg had to be amputated above the knee after his rubbish truck hit a parked lorry has been awarded £1.8m in damages.
Michael Bagridge, then 22, was a front-seat passenger when the lorry's cab collapsed on impact in March, Cambridgeshire, in January last year.
He and the driver had to be cut from the wreckage, the High Court heard.
Mr Bagridge sued his employers, Fenland District Council. The court heard liability was never in dispute.
He appeared on crutches at court and, although he has been fitted with a prosthesis, uses a wheelchair over longer distances.
His counsel Robert Weir QC told the court: "It was a horrendous accident in which Mr Bagridge was not the only significant casualty."
Approving the £1.8m settlement of the case, Judge David Pittaway QC said: "The damages will enable Mr Bagridge to enhance his quality of life and, no doubt, will give his parents some comfort as to his long-term future."