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How Do I Get Compensation for a 3rd Degree Tear?

How Do I Get Compensation for a 3rd Degree Tear?

The long-term impact of a third degree tear might entitle you to compensation if your injury has not received the correct medical care.

Is a 3rd degree tear negligent?

If you are struggling with the long-term effects of a third degree tear, it is possible that you are entitled to compensation. However, that is not necessarily the case.

A small minority of women suffer a severe tear, affecting the anal sphincter muscles, when they give birth vaginally. This risk is increased if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • You are a first time mother
  • Your baby is larger than average
  • You require an instrumental delivery with forceps or ventouse
  • You are of Asian ethnicity

As the vagina and perineum stretch to allow the baby to be born, it is possible for the skin and muscle to tear. If this injury extends as far as the anus, it is described as a severe tear. Depending on the exact nature of the injury, it might be classified as a 3rd or 4th degree tear.

This is not necessarily a sign of medical negligence unless you have undergone an instrumental delivery without a prior episiotomy.

Medical care of perineal trauma

If you experience such a severe injury, it is important that you receive the correct medical treatment promptly. If this is not the case, and you suffer long-term symptoms of bowel and wind incontinence, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Severe birth tears require the correct medical care:

  • A thorough examination of the perineum including a digital, rectal examination
  • Precise and accurate diagnosis using the correct classification
  • Prompt surgery to repair the injury, carried out by a skilled and experienced surgeon in an operating theatre

If one of these processes does not occur, leaving you with a lifetime of bowel difficulties, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation for the impact this has had. This might include a loss of earnings if you have found your ability to work has been compromised by your symptoms.

Claiming compensation

Claiming compensation for medical negligence requires the experience and support of a specialist solicitor who will ensure that a thorough assessment of your experience and on-going symptoms and impact is carried out.

Contact Glynns Solicitors

If you are struggling with the appalling impact of an undiagnosed or unrepaired third degree tear, contact us today to talk to a medical negligence solicitor with expertise in birth tear claims.

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