An ex-soldier, who was left blind in one eye following a paintball accident, is seeking £400,000 in accident compensation.
Twenty eight year old Allan Weir was employed as a marshal for APE Paintball and was cleaning the paintballing guns alongside two of his colleagues.
Mr. Weir, who was not wearing safety goggles at the time, because he was in a so called ‘safe area’, was then shot at close range by his workmate Calvin Blyth, who had not realised his weapon, was loaded.
Mr. Weir’s iris was torn by the impact of the paintball, which can travel at speeds in excess of 280 feet per second and he has been told by doctors that there is no hope of restoring the sight to his damaged eye.
Mr. Blyth was sentenced to 150 hours of community service after being found guilty of culpable and reckless conduct, following the incident.
However Mr. Weir has now launched a claim for personal injury compensation against the Alternative Paintball Experience (APE), alleging that the company had failed to provide adequate training in the handling of the paintballing weapons.
APE Paintball have denied liability for the incident and allege that Mr. Weir had initiated the incident by shooting Mr. Blythe in the leg with compressed air.