A firefighter has received £70,000 in damages for a significant head injury sustained in an assault by bouncers at an Essex nightclub. 

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) member had been asked to leave the premises by bouncers when they proceeded to assault him, punching and knocking him to the ground. He was then dragged out of the club and left unconscious on the path outside. 

While the bouncers were within their rights to ask him to leave, CCTV showed he was assaulted despite not protesting or resisting. 

He suffered injuries to his head as well as cuts and bruises across his body, and had to have two months off work as he recovered. The head trauma has caused him to develop memory and mood issues, as well as regular migraines, and he has needed psychotherapy. 

He contacted the FBU and instructed Thompsons Solicitors to make a claim for compensation. 

“I felt lost until I spoke with my union and contacted Thompsons – my employer just didn’t care,” he said. “Having the support of the union and Thompsons was reassuring as I started to rebuild my confidence following the attack. It wasn’t just me that suffered– my wife and children were traumatised. 

“I’m still having to go for therapy sessions and the migraines come and go, but I feel a lot better in myself than I did in the months after it happened. I don’t think that would have been the case without the legal support I received.” 

Andy Dark, assistant general secretary of the FBU, said: “While our member’s injuries have slowly healed over time, the fact remains that he was assaulted by people whose job it was to keep the peace. 

“His membership of the FBU meant that he had specialist legal support, to ensure he was fairly compensated for the injuries he sustained.” 

Corrina Mottram, of Thompsons Solicitors, added: “Our client had gone out with the intention of having fun with friends, and he ended up being badly assaulted without having done anything wrong. 

“The FBU legal scheme extends beyond the workplace and Thompsons has worked with thousands of union members who have been injured outside of work, through no fault of their own, and will continue to do so to ensure that they are compensated for injuries and trauma suffered.”