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Pub Bouncer Victim may be Eligible for Criminal Assault Compensation

A man who suffered a haemorrhage in the skull after being thrown out of a club by a bouncer, may now be eligible to make a criminal assault compensation.

Jason Campbell had been socialising in Lauders Bar, Inverness when the incident happened. While returning to his friends’ table from the toilet, one of his party playfully grabbed his head. The DJ in the bar, mistaking the incident for a more serious act of aggression called security staff to the table. The bouncer in question – Alexander Hamilton – grabbed Mr Campbell forcefully, kicked the door open and ejected him from the premises. The force caused him to fall to the ground and strike his head on the concrete. He was found unconscious by his friends.

Blood tests showed that although Mr Campbell had been drinking, he was “not close to being drunk.” Various witnesses in the bar described excessive force being used by Mr Hamilton, and the court agreed.

After being rushed to hospital, Mr Campbell was found to have an 8 cm laceration to his head. He suffered from feelings of nausea, dizziness, headaches, and has permanently lost his sense of smell. A CT scan revealed a small haemorrhage in the skull.

Mr Hamilton was given 200 hours of community service at Inverness Court this week. He was also forced to pay Mr Campbell £1000 compensation. Due to the seriousness of his injuries he may be eligible to make a criminal assault compensation claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

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