Disabled man awarded substantial negligence settlement
- AuthorJudith Thomas-Whittingham
A disabled man whose life was forever changed following a botched operation has been awarded seven-figure compensation on the grounds of clinical negligence.
Stuart Morley suffered a burst bowel when medical experts at St Mark's Hospital closed his bowel by mistake during an operation, according to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
Prior to the incident, Mr Morley, who has learning difficulties suffered from a form of incontinence that induces chronic constipation. He was fitted with a colostomy bag 18 years ago at St James's Hospital in Leeds.
However, as surgeons performed an operation ironically aimed at removing the need for his colostomy bag, mishaps left Mr Morley unable to pass waste and in need of a lifesaving operation.
The Hospital, which is managed by the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, has since admitted liability for Mr Morley’s condition, awarding a clinical negligence compensation settlement said to be in the region of £1.5 million.
He has been awarded a lump sum of £500,000 in compensation and will also receive annual instalments of £25,000 for the rest of his life.
While Mr Morley was lucky to escape with his life, the ramifications of his unnecessary injuries will forever change his day to day routine. If you’ve suffered a similar fate, contact our solicitors today on 0844 245 6602 or complete our online enquiry form and see what legal action is available.
By clinical negligence solicitor, Judith Thomas-Whittingham