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Compensating Unrepaired Bowel Trauma in Childbirth

Compensating Unrepaired Bowel Trauma in Childbirth

A woman whose childbirth bowel damage is not repaired may face a lifetime of incontinence. If this has happened to you, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Trauma to the bowel muscles

A severe perineal tear during childbirth which causes trauma to the anal muscles around the bowel needs a prompt and skilled repair. These muscles allow a woman to control the passing of wind and faeces and damage to the muscles will cause a varying degree of symptoms.

At best, the woman may experience urgency when needing to go to the toilet. This can be inconvenient and embarrassing and affect many aspects of her life.

However, for many women, the picture is considerably bleaker. If the anal sphincter muscles suffer severe damage, the woman may not be able to control her bowel and may become incontinent of both wind and faeces. If the damage extends to the anal canal, she may develop a fistula between the rectum and the vagina, allowing wind and faeces to escape from the vagina.

Long-term effects of bowel damage

The impact of such severe symptoms can be utterly disabling, restricting the woman's ability to work and even to leave her home. The psychological impact can be devastating. A once-healthy woman can become isolated, depressed and face the loss of employment due to her symptoms.

It is for these stark reasons that prompt, accurate diagnosis and a skilled repair are absolutely crucial if a woman suffers a severe tear to her perineum and anus during vaginal childbirth.

Without a competent diagnosis, an effective repair will not take place. Without an effective repair, the woman's life may be turned upside down.

Claiming compensation

If you are suffering the impact of a severe perineal tear because medical professionals failed to either diagnose or repair the damage, it may be possible to make a claim for compensation.

All women should undergo a thorough examination after vaginal childbirth enabling the diagnosis of any damage. If this did not happen to you, or your diagnosis was incorrect, leaving you with unrepaired damage to the anal muscles, the relevant medical practitioner may be regarded as negligent.

Speak to a solicitor

Here at Glynns Solicitors we have supported numerous women in making highly-successful claims for the appalling impact of substandard care of perineal trauma.

Contact us today to talk to a specialist in medical negligence compensation if your life has been affected by an unrepaired severe birth tear.

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