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3rd Degree Tear NHS

If you suffer a 3rd degree tear at an NHS hospital, have you been the victim of medical negligence and can you make a claim?

3rd degree tear NHS hospital

A 3rd degree tear is not in itself a negligent event. Although it is an extensive injury, it is a risk of childbirth that cannot be predicted or prevented. Therefore if you sustained a 3rd degree tear at an NHS hospital but went on to have the injury promptly diagnosed and treated, you have received an acceptable standard of care. This means you do not have grounds for a medical negligence claim.

Suing the NHS for a 3rd degree tear

However, there will be grounds for a claim if you were subject to an unacceptable standard of care. There are various examples of substandard medical care. Those that can lead to a successful 3rd degree claim include:

  • Failing to diagnose a 3rd degree tear in the day following the birth
  • Failing to diagnose the correct type of tear
  • Failing to diagnose the correct type of 3rd degree tear (which are subdivided into 3a, 3b and 3c tears)
  • Failing to perform an adequate repair

The above examples amount to medical negligence, firstly because they should not happen, and secondly because they will cause the patient to suffer wrongful harm. Symptoms such as faecal urgency and incontinence will develop. It is likely these problems would not have occurred, had the patient received an acceptable standard of care.

What should I do if I want to sue the NHS?

If you want to sue the NHS for a 3rd degree tear, you need to begin by speaking to a medical negligence solicitor. This will give you the chance to find out if you have sufficient grounds to make a claim. If so, you need to instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf.

There are different funding options available which make it possible for anyone of any financial status to make a claim. The most popular funding arrangement is a no win no fee agreement.

No win no fee solicitors Bristol

Most of our claims at Glynns Solicitors are run on a no win no fee agreement. If you would like to know more about making a claim for a 3rd degree tear, please get in touch with us today. We are based in between Bath and Bristol but act for clients across England and Wales.

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