Actor blinded in on-stage accident – makes successful claim

Accidents at work aren’t just confined to building sites or offices, as demonstrated in a recent case from 2010 involving an actor who was performing at a theatre in Covent Garden.

During a performance of ‘Passion’, the actor was taking part in an on-stage duel which involved firing blank shots from a replica Colt 1851 revolver. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the cartridge backfired, leaving the actor severely disfigured and blind in one eye.

The actor is now seeking £250,000 in compensation from the theatre company, claiming the injury has affected both his professional career and his personal life.

Although the Theatre Company admitted liability under the Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations, they are seeking a contribution to the compensation payment from the prop company who supplied the gun.

Bus driver claims £16,500

Many workplaces can be hazardous, especially for those who work behind the wheel. In one recent case, we were able to successfully recover damages for our client, who was injured whilst working as a bus driver.

Whilst driving on his regular bus route, our client lost control of his vehicle on a roundabout when the steering malfunctioned. In attempting to bring the bus under control, our client sustained a serious arm injury.

It was later confirmed that the accident was caused by a faulty wheel that had not been properly maintained by the bus company. As a result of this, What’s My Claim Worth were able to recover £16,500 in damages for our client due to the bus company being in breach of the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Hotel Hell

What’s My Claim Worth recently helped a client claim compensation after they had an accident at work whilst performing their duties as a Leisure Club Supervisor at a well-known hotel chain.

Our client needed to take some towels to the linen room. However, with the main doors out of action, her supervisor advised her to get to the linen room using the side entrance. When our client reached the linen room, which had no windows, she found that the lights were switched off and the room was in total darkness.

When walking across the dark room to switch on the lights, our client tripped over a discarded trolley and injured her arm.

Our client asked us to make a claim on her behalf on a ‘no win, no fee‘ basis. Our client’s employer has now admitted liability for the accident and we are currently negotiating an acceptable compensation figure.

Had an accident at work?

Whatever industry you’re in, if you’ve suffered an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation.

Find out how much your claim could be worth using our Claimometer or call us today to talk to one of our expert personal injury lawyers.

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