Our Service For You


Medical Negligence
Medical Negligence Solicitors

Psychological Injuries After Undiagnosed Tear

If you have suffered as a result of an undiagnosed perineal tear, you could claim compensation for the injuries you have endured: both physically and psychologically. If you wish to find out more, contact a medical negligence solicitor to discuss what action you need to take next.

Perineal trauma during vaginal delivery

The Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (RCOG) estimates that some 85% of women will suffer some form of perineal trauma during the course of a vaginal delivery. It is, therefore, part and parcel of a 'normal' birth. The severity of trauma will invariably differ from case to case, with injuries ranging from a first degree tear (a superficial injury to the skin) to a fourth degree tear (a serious injury extending to the sphincter.)

After the delivery, medical professionals must perform a thorough examination to ensure perineal trauma is identified. It is essential that an accurate diagnosis is made, as this will determine the course of treatment. For example, if a third or fourth degree tear has occurred, repair must be carried out in theatre by an experienced doctor. As long as a correct diagnosis is made within a timely fashion, there is a good chance that a full recovery will be made.

Physical and psychological injuries after undiagnosed tears

However, there are unfortunately times when a perineal tear goes undiagnosed. This may happen because:-

  • A vaginal and/or rectal examination is not performed after the delivery; or
  • The severity of the tear is not appreciated eg. a second degree tear is diagnosed when in fact it is a third or fourth degree tear.

A tear that remains undiagnosed in the weeks, months or sometimes even years after the birth will cause a number of health complications for a woman, both physically and psychologically. The wound will remain painful and heal slowly, while additional symptoms such as urinary incontinence, faecal urgency and incontinence to faeces and flatus may also develop.

Evidently these physical symptoms will cause an enormous amount of distress for the woman concerned. Bowel dysfunction will be particularly troubling, especially if a woman has experienced episodes of soiling and incontinence. It may not be possible to resume employment and hobbies, while some will feel so embarrassed and fearful that they become withdrawn and socially isolated. Relationships with her partner may become strained as such symptoms usually lead to a degree of sexual dysfunction. Anxieties may also arise over the cosmetic defect itself, with many finding it difficult to come to terms with an altered body image. The combination of the physical, emotional and social factors will understandably cause significant psychological injury, with depression being a likely upshot.

Claiming for damages

If you have sustained a perineal tear that was not diagnosed soon after the birth, you have been the victim of a substandard level of medical care. This means you are entitled to claim compensation for your damages; not only does this cover the physical injuries, but also the psychological ones.

If you would like more information on making a medical negligence claim for an undiagnosed tear, you need to contact a solicitor who specialises in this area of the law

Can We Help You With A Medical Negligence Enquiry?

Early legal assistance can be vital so please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. Please call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete our Online Enquiry Form.

Bookmark This Article?

Can We Help You With A Medical Negligence Enquiry?

Early legal assistance can be vital so please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. Please call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete our Online Enquiry Form.

Free enquiry

 


Free Claim Enquiry

Complete a short enquiry form and we will contact you.

Free enquiry

*

Testimonials

"Before we contacted you we had no real idea that we had grounds for a medical negligence claim but after speaking to you if became clear that Wendy was indeed treated poorly. Chris took the time to explain what was happening and kept us to speed. Our deepest gratitude to you all and Chris in particular."

"I would like to say a big thank you to you for making this whole process easy and relatively painless. You kept me informed throughout and you were always polite and courteous in all forms of communication. I would not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family, so a really big thank you and I wish you all the best in the future."

» Read More Medical Negligence Testimonials?

*
Helping Clients throughout England and Wales


contact us

*

Free Medical Negligence Guide

'7 Questions You Must Ask Before Choosing A Medical Negligence Solicitor'

Free download

*