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Patient strapped to a gurney topples over on his driveway while being transported by a single paramedic – as the man sues over the incident

  • Mackay man Clinton McLachlan severely injured his shoulder in ambos mishap
  • One QAS paramedic tried to load him into an ambulance but lost control  
  • Mr McLachlan was strapped in a gurney when it tipped over on steep driveway

A painter who was badly injured when the gurney he was strapped to tipped over sending him crashing to the ground is suing the ambos.

Clinton McLachlan was being taken to hospital with serious Covid-19 symptoms in Mackay, Queensland when a paramedic lost control on a steep drive.

A video of the incident shows a Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic preparing to slide the prone Mr McLachlan into the back of his vehicle.

But he manages to flip the gurney, sending Mr McLachlan slamming into the concrete driveway.

Mr McLachlan, 44, suffered a badly injured shoulder and will be off work from his painting job for months.

The shocked paramedic is shown rushing to help the stricken patient while another woman standing on the stairs above rushed down.  

‘Our client was running a successful business with his brother and thoroughly enjoyed the work he did,’ said Christine Smith of Shine Lawyers Mackay.

‘As a result of this incident he’s now unable to contribute as much and his family’s financial security has been significantly impacted.’

Mr McLachlan, 44, suffered a badly injured shoulder and will be off work from his painting job for months.

Mr McLachlan, 44, suffered a badly injured shoulder and will be off work from his painting job for months.

Queensland Ambulance Service expressed ‘regret’ over the incident in a statement given to Daily Mail Australia.

‘Our thoughts and best wishes are with the patient and their family. We sincerely regret any distress or injury suffered by the patient,’ the statement said.

‘It would be inappropriate to provide comment on this incident while subject to legal action.’

Mr McLachlan claimed it was ‘ridiculous’ a solo paramedic tried to move him on his own on the steep driveway, the Courier Mail reported.

‘It was a great impact and my shoulder is pretty stuffed,’ Mr McLachlan said.

Queensland Ambulance Service expressed 'regret' over the incident and sent Mr McLachlan its best wishes

Queensland Ambulance Service expressed ‘regret’ over the incident and sent Mr McLachlan its best wishes

‘Clinton’s made it clear he bears no ill will towards the paramedic himself, but this incident highlights the need for better resourcing and a more stringent system of work to ensure it doesn’t happen again,’ Ms Smith said.

‘We hope that by highlighting this incident we’re able to ensure proper safety practices are put in place to prevent this happening to another patient.’

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Using a single paramedic is not considered an unusual practice, Daily Mail Australia understands.  

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