The 32-year-old former soldier had been playing the arcade style machine when he hit the punch-ball and seriously injured his hand.
He was rushed to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was told he had of the severity of the injury to tendons in his hand. He required 12 stitches as well as surgery to have a metal plate inserted into his right hand.
The injury rendered him unable to return to work for six months while his hand recovered.
The man has since launched an injury claim against the pub owners for the injuries sustained in the accident, as well as his loss of earnings.
Solicitors acting for the pub owners have disputed the man’s claims, arguing that he had been drunk at the time of the incident and had punched the machine instead of the punch-bag which had caused the injury.
The claimant’s personal injury solicitors argue that they have CCTV footage proving that this was not the case and that their client is entitled to personal injury compensation.
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