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How Do I Get Compensation for Perineal Tear Symptoms?

How Do I Get Compensation for Perineal Tear Symptoms?

If you have on-going and severe perineal tear symptoms after the birth of your baby, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Severe perineal tear effects

If you have recently given birth via the vagina and are suffering significant symptoms, you may have an undiagnosed or unrepaired severe perineal tear.

Many women suffer a perineal tear during childbirth and a few experience a severe injury, causing debilitating and highly-distressing symptoms.

If you are suffering the following symptoms and you feel that your medical care after the birth of your baby was substandard, it might be possible to make a compensation claim.

  • Inability to prevent the passing of wind
  • Inability to prevent the passing of faeces
  • Extreme urgency when needing to go to the toilet
  • Repeat perineal infection
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Leakage of wind or faeces via the vagina

Care of new mothers

If you gave birth vaginally, especially if you were a first-time mother or needed an instrumental delivery, you should have received a thorough examination of your perineum after the birth. It is possible that you should also have undergone a digital, rectal examination to check the condition of your anal sphincter.

These are the muscles which control your bowel and if they are damaged during childbirth, they need immediate repair in order to ensure that you do not suffer incontinence for the rest of your life.

If you did not receive such careful attention after the birth of your baby, you may have an undiagnosed severe tear and it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

The impact of a severe tear

If your birth injury has had minimal impact on your life, it may not be appropriate to make a claim for compensation. However, some new mothers suffer shocking symptoms which affect almost every aspect of their life.

  • An inability to work due to the severity of their incontinence symptoms
  • A reluctance to leave the house due to the fear of incontinence accidents, leading to loss of confidence and social isolation
  • Difficulty with personal relationships
  • Difficulties with travelling and using public transport
  • Difficulties in bringing up their children
  • Psychological problems

Claiming compensation

If you are suffering the appalling, on-going impact of an unrepaired 3rd or 4th degree tear due to a failure to diagnose your injury, you might consider making a claim for compensation.

Contact Glynns Solicitors today to discuss your situation. We may investigate the quality of your care with a view to claiming compensation.

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