TV presenter who volunteered to be a crash test dummy wins £ 1.6million payment for BBC ‘brain damage’
A TV presenter who volunteered to be a crash test dummy won a payment of £ 1.6million from the BBC after a judge ruled the stunt caused him brain damage.
Jem Stansfield, 50, agreed to be tied to a cart and catapulted into a fake lamppost to mimic the effects of an accident.
His head was shown jerking back and forth during the crash on BBC One’s science show Bang Goes The Theory in 2014.
The aeronautical engineer claimed the impact caused whiplash, brain damage, psychological scarring and dizziness.
He has sought £ 3.7million in compensation in the High Court in London, claiming the smash robbed him of income like that of Top Gear stars such as Jeremy Clarkson.
Making her ruling yesterday, Judge Yip awarded a reduced sum after lawyers for the BBC demanded a remission due to Mr Stansfield’s “contributory negligence”.
In a written judgment, she said: “I have to say I find it amazing that anyone thought this exercise was a sensible idea.
“The injuries had the effect of derailing the Applicant’s successful television career. “
Mr Stansfield will receive £ 1,617,286.20 from the taxpayer-funded BBC.