23 July 2012
Actor seeking £250k compensation for eye injury
Compensation worth £250,000 is being sought by an award-winning actor who was left blinded in one eye following an on-stage accident in the West End.
David John Birrell was seriously injured when a replica Colt 1851 Navy revolver he was using backfired during a scene of the Stephen Sondheim play Passion at the Donmar Warehouse in October 2010, the Daily Mail reports.
The 46-year-old professional's High Court writ claims Donmar Warehouse Projects is responsible for his "cosmetic disability", which he says has left him disadvantaged both personally and professionally.
Despite the fact the production company has accepted liability for this accident, it is rejecting allegations of negligence and insists the prop's manufacturer - History in the Making - should shoulder some of the blame for the malfunction.
Mr Birrell claims he has had to receive counselling since the incident because he feels his prosthetic eye and scarring have badly affected his chances of getting acting work.
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Posted by Francesca Witney