A Multnomah County jury awarded $13.5 million
to a man who lost his leg after being struck by a garbage truck and $400,000
to the man’s wife for loss of consortium.
57-year-old Scott Busch was crossing the street when a garbage truck making
an illegal right turn struck him. Busch was crossing in the crosswalk
and with the “walk” signal at 5:45 am on his way to work,
when he was run over and his leg severed above the knee.
The jury verdict includes approximately $3 million for his medical related
expenses and $10.5 for pain and suffering. Busch could not afford to purchase
a proper prosthetic before the jury’s verdict was announced on Friday.
His current prosthetic leg does not allow him to do many of the activities
he used to enjoy before the injury which limits his mobility greatly.
Last September, the driver of the garbage truck pleaded no contest to failure
to obey a traffic control device and careless driving. He also had to
pay a fine, perform community service, lost his license for a year, and
ultimately lost his job.
The entity being sued in this case was McInnis Waste Systems, Inc., the
corporation that owns Allied Waste Services. Attorney John Coletti of
Paulson Coletti tried the case in Multnomah County Circuit Court before
Judge Michael Greenlick.