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Compensation for Faecal Incontinence after Childbirth

Compensation for Faecal Incontinence after Childbirth

Faecal leakage or incontinence after childbirth may indicate that the new mother has suffered a severe perineal tear which has not been effectively repaired.

Childbirth and bowel incontinence

A severe perineal tear during childbirth is one of the most common causes of bowel incontinence in women. The long-term impact can be both distressing and debilitating, affecting virtually every aspect of a woman's life. It is crucial that the new mother receives the correct medical care and a failure by medical professionals to ensure this may result in an accusation negligence.

Occasionally, the anal sphincter, the muscles which facilitate bowel control, can be damaged during vaginal childbirth. Unfortunately, unless such an injury is diagnosed and competently repaired, the new mother may face a lifetime of both wind and faecal incontinence.

The effect of bowel incontinence

The impact of such appalling symptoms can cause a range of both physical, practical and psychological problems. Women giving birth do not anticipate that it may lead to a lifetime of bowel problems and the emotional shock and on-going distress can be significant, leading to loss of confidence, depression and social isolation.

The symptoms of leakage and incontinence can mean that the woman needs constant close access to a toilet, finds it difficult to leave the house and difficult to work in a wide variety of types of employment.

The knock-on effect of this can be a loss of income which a successful compensation claim may be able to redress.

Medical negligence

Many women experience poor bowel control following vaginal childbirth but this problem should clear up during the weeks following the birth. If symptoms of leakage or urgency continue in the long-term, it may suggest that there is a severe underlying problem.

If an extended birth tear has occurred but has not been diagnosed or the quality of the repair has been poor, it may mean that the new mother continues to suffer significant bowel problems. These symptoms may get worse as the woman ages.

Get specialist advice

If you are suffering the impact of bowel incontinence due to poor medical care of a birth tear, contact Glynns to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor. We regularly support women in making compensation claims for just this problem and one of our team of experienced solicitors will be very happy to discuss your situation with you.

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