Binman Michael Bagridge has been awarded £1.8m in workplace accident compensation after he suffered horrific injuries when the rubbish truck he was riding in collided with a parked lorry.
Mr Bagridge, who was 22 at the time of the lorry collision, was travelling in the front passenger seat of the rubbish truck when it collided with the lorry. The cab collapsed on impact and both driver and passenger had to be cut free. Mr Bagridge’s leg was shattered and had to be amputated above the knee.
Today, he wears a prosthetic leg, although he relies on a wheelchair when travelling longer distances. Mr Bagridge sued his former employers, Fenland District Council, who admitted liability for the lorry collision. Robert Weir QC (his counsel) commented, “It was a horrific accident in which Mr Bagridge was not the only significant casualty.”
Judge David Pittaway QC approved the award of £1.8m in damages, and commented, “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.”
Injured in a workplace accident
Injuries at work don’t always have to occur at your place of work – if you are a lorry driver, taxi driver or drive regularly as part of your role, an accident on the road is normally classed as an accident at work. It’s your employer’s duty to ensure the vehicle you drive is safe and fit for purpose; if they have failed to carry out the necessary checks and keep the vehicle well-maintained, they could be held liable in the event of an accident. However you have been injured at work, it is worth considering making a claim for compensation if you feel that your employer or someone else is liable. Contacting a personal injury lawyer can help you to determine who is at fault and discover whether you have a viable claim.
Next steps to claiming compensation
The procedure for claiming accident compensation is usually fairly straightforward, and it’s unlikely you will need to attend court, as most claims can be processed over the phone. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we will normally be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. Whether you have been injured in a road traffic accident at work or suffered from industrial deafness due to employer negligence, our team of professional personal injury lawyers are here to help.
Source: Around M25
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown