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Compensation Claim for Bowel Dysfunction after Childbirth

Compensation Claim for Bowel Dysfunction after Childbirth

Long-term bowel problems caused by a failure to assess the perineum and anus after childbirth may justify the new mother in making a claim for compensation.

Severe birth tears and long-term problems

Severe bowel problems can cause more than just embarrassment. If you have lost the ability to control the passing of both wind and faeces, it can impact on almost every aspect of life.

  • The necessity to have constant close access to a toilet can become the entire focus of a day’s routine, making leaving the home, travelling and socialising extremely complex and stressful. It can also make it very difficult to provide the degree of support desirable to the new baby
  • Working in a wide variety of employment areas such as hospitality or care may become impossible, causing a possible loss of income. For some women, the psychological impact of their bowel problems may mean that working at all is a huge obstacle.
  • Personal relationships can suffer, as can social connections and social isolation can become a problem due to the fear of bowel accidents and consequent embarrassment

Medical monitoring of vaginal childbirth

Such an outcome from vaginal childbirth should not occur. Severe birth tears which can cause such severe damage to the functioning of the bowel are a risk of vaginal childbirth, especially where it is a first vaginal birth or where an instrumental birth has been necessary. Consequently a thorough assessment of every new mother is vital to try to ensure long-term bowel health and function.

A skilled repair to any severe damage, such as a 3rd or 4th degree tear, needs to be carried out shortly after the birth to give the new mother the best chance of recovery and maintenance of bowel function. This cannot happen if the injury to the anal muscles has not been identified.

Consequently, attention to the condition of the perineum and anus following a vaginal birth should be absolutely meticulous, ensuring that any damage is identified, recorded and repaired.

A failure to do so can be catastrophic.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are struggling with the shocking and permanent impact of bowel dysfunction due to a failure my medical professionals to assess for damage, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Contact Glynns Solicitors, specialists in medical negligence compensation claims to discuss your situation with one of our team of expert lawyers.

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