Man seeks Compensation after Hitting Pub Punchball

• Thursday, February 09th, 2012

A man who damaged his hand hitting a punchball in a city centre pub is seeking compensation for injury.

David Forster hit the punchball machine in Sam Jack’s pub in Newcastle in June last year. The former soldier was on a stag night out with friends at the time.

Mr Forster is said to have scored an impressive 900 points out of a possible 1,000 on the machine that ‘rates’ the hardness of the user’s punch. He reports to the Daily Mail that as soon as his fist touched the ball, it split open, sending blood everywhere.

He went to hospital, where it was discovered that he had severed tendons in his hand. The injury required 12 stitches and a metal plate fitted in his hand. He was not able to work for six months after the incident.

Now, the newspaper reports that he is seeking compensation of £8,000 from the insurance company responsible for Sam Jack’s pub. The legal team for the pub’s insurers allege that Mr Forster was so drunk that he punched the metal framework of the machine instead of the punchball itself. However, Mr Forster’s legal team claim to have CCTV footage that proves he punched the ball correctly.

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