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Compensation for Permanent Symptoms After Missed Birth Tear

Compensation for Permanent Symptoms After Missed Birth Tear

A missed childbirth tear can cause highly-distressing and disabling symptoms. If you are struggling with the long-term impact of such negligence, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Many women suffer some form of bowel problems following vaginal childbirth. However, this should improve quickly. It is not normal for it to continue over a long period of time. If this occurs, it may suggest that you have suffered a severe tear to the perineum, called a 3rd or 4th degree tear, which has not been diagnosed and repaired.

Severe birth tears

Severe birth tears sometimes occur when a baby is born through the vagina. The pressure of the birth causes the skin and muscle around the vagina and across the perineum to tear. If the new mother is unfortunate, this injury may extend as far as her anus, damaging the muscles which control her bowel movements.

Third degree tears can damage either or both the external and the internal muscles, and a fourth degree tear, the most severe, will additionally damage the internal lining of the anal canal. Such an appalling injury puts the new mother at risk of developing a fistula or hole between the bowel and the vagina, allowing wind and faeces to escape through the vagina.

Injuries of this nature can cause significant misery as well as impacting on a woman's ability to work.

Medical negligence and compensation

If you have suffered a severe birth tear which was not spotted and diagnosed by the medical professionals who attended the birth, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation. If you have suffered financial losses as a result of this negligence, such as a reduced income, a successful compensation claim can help to address these issues.

An inability to control bowel movements can effectively exclude a woman from many aspects of various professions such as hospitality, retail, healthcare, education and policing. This can lead to both a loss of income and a loss of self-esteem.

Get specialist legal advice

If you are struggling with the impact of shocking bowel symptoms due to a missed third degree tear, contact Glynns Solicitors to talk to an experienced lawyer.

We are specialists in medical negligence law, with considerable expertise in birth tear compensation claims. One of our team of solicitors will be very happy to talk to you about the suitability of making a claim for compensation for the effects of your poor-quality medical care.

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