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Compensation for an Undiagnosed 3c Birth Tear

If you are suffering severe bowel problems after the vaginal birth of your baby, it is possible that you have an undiagnosed or unrepaired third degree tear. Contact Glynns to discuss the suitability of a claim for compensation.

Third degree tears

The symptoms which might be associated with a 3c birth tear could include the following:

  • Pain and discomfort in the perineum
  • Infections of the perineum
  • Urgency when needing the toilet
  • Incontinence of wind
  • Incontinence of faeces

A third degree tear, which may be a 3a, a 3b or a 3c tear, should be diagnosed and repaired shortly after the birth of the baby. They are all regarded as severe injuries, with a 3c tear being the serious. A 3c tear causes damage to the internal anal sphincter muscles which helps to control the bowel and an undiagnosed injury will allow significant bowel symptoms to develop. 3a and 3b tears damage the external anal sphincter.

Failure to diagnose a 3c tear

  • It is possible that you did not undergo a sufficiently thorough examination after the birth of your baby. Women who have undergone a vaginal delivery should receive a digital, rectal examination to check for anal damage. If this did not occur, your injury may not have been identified.
  • It is possible that an examination was carried out but that experience or lack of knowledge on the part of the relevant medical professional meant that the damage was not recognised.
  • An appropriate examination may, nonetheless, have led to a misdiagnosis of the damage observed. If a 3c tear is diagnosed as a 3a tear, for example, it is possible that the internal injury will not be repaired.

Claiming Compensation

If you are suffering symptoms associated with an undiagnosed or unrepaired 3c birth tear, you may experiencing significant problems.

As well as the practical issues of managing your bowel problems, you may have found it difficult or impossible to return to work. Wind and faecal incontinence can make both travel and employment hard to access and your income may have suffered as a result.

A successful compensation claim can provide recompense for your lost earnings as well as your pain and suffering.

Contact Glynns, specialists in medical negligence compensation, if you are struggling with the impact of an undiagnosed or unrepaired severe perineal tear.

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