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Claiming Compensation for Permanent 3rd Degree Tear Problems

Claiming Compensation for Permanent 3rd Degree Tear Problems

If you have suffered a third, or indeed a fourth, degree tear during childbirth which has not received meticulous medical care, you may be experiencing embarrassing, distressing and debilitating symptoms.

Without accurate diagnosis and an effective surgical repair, the symptoms associated with these third and fourth degree tears can be expected to get worse as a woman ages. If your on-going problems are due to substandard medical care, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Many women experience bowel problems after giving birth through the vagina. Such problems should receive the correct medical care and should resolve over time. Even a woman who has suffered a 3rd or 4th degree tear can expect to be symptom-free within a year if she receives appropriate medical care.

If a woman's birth injury is not diagnosed, however, it is unlikely to be repaired and she may suffer appalling bowel problems permanently.

There are two likely reasons why a woman may find herself with a severe perineal tear which has not been repaired:

  • 1) She did not receive a thorough perineal examination, including a digital rectal examination after the birth of her baby and, therefore, any damage to her anal sphincter will have been missed
  • 2) Her medical professional may have carried out the necessary examination but did not recognise the nature of the woman's injury. This will have led to a misdiagnosis, meaning that the new mother may have been told that she has suffered a 2nd degree tear or a 3a tear when, in fact, she has received a 3c tear or even a 4th degree tear. The extent of the injury associated with the varying classifications differs considerably and, without an accurate diagnosis, the woman may only receive a partial repair.

A delay in repair may reduce the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Claiming compensation

Permanent and severe bowel symptoms can affect a woman's ability to work as well as impacting on her self-confidence and ability to support her newly-born baby.

A successful compensation claim will take into account her loss of earnings if the impact of the medical negligence has restricted her employment capacity.

Speak to a solicitor

Compensation claims can be extremely complex and require the skills of a specialist lawyer.

Here at Glynns we have supported numerous women in claiming compensation for substandard medical care at the time of their baby's birth and the permanent effects which they have suffered as a result.

Contact us today to talk to an experienced solicitor about your situation.

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