Social Worker Sues NHS after Hip Operation Left Him Paralysed

Social Worker Sues NHS after Hip Operation Left Him Paralysed

Stephen Onley 52 a social worker who formerly worked with disabled people sued the NHS after a hip operation left him paralysed permanently.
Mr Onley from Worcester underwent routine surgery in the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham in 2010 where his request to not have an epidural was ignored. He specifically stated that he did not want an epidural administered because he was well aware of the risks of this type of anaesthetic having spent many years working with disabled people. Mr Onley was concerned about the risk of spinal injury.
Despite his instructions an epidural was administered to Mr Onley under general anaesthetic after staff claimed that it was necessary.
Mr Onley was not correctly or sufficiently monitored post operation. The hospital staff failed to notice that there was a lack of blood reaching Mr Onley’s spinal cord as his blood pressure being so low.
Two days after the operation an MRI scan showed that Mr Onley would be unable to walk again because of this. He is now wheelchair-bound and paralysed from the waist down.
Mr Onley requires constant care from his wife Caroline 55 after the surgery in 2010.
The NHS trust admitted liability for Mr Onley’s irreversible spinal damage and perforated bowel.
If you or a family member has suffered as a result of negligent inadequate treatment or care received in hospital contact the Medical Negligence department at Michael Lewin Solicitors on 0113 2185700 where a team of experienced professionals will discuss your case with you.

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