Jury Awards Paulson Coletti Clients $13.9 Million After Garbage Truck Severed Leg

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. Portland personal injury attorney John Coletti of Paulson Coletti tried the case in Multnomah County Circuit Court before Judge Michael Greenlick.