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I Had A Severe Perineal Tear  Can I Claim?

I Had A Severe Perineal Tear Can I Claim?

If you have a severe perineal tear while giving birth, have you been the victim of medical negligence and are you entitled to pursue a claim?

To discuss the care you received with a medical negligence solicitor, please get in touch with us today.

Severe perineal tears

There are four types of perineal tear: a 1st degree tear, 2nd degree tear, 3rd degree tear and a 4th degree tear. The higher the number, the worse the injury is. Therefore 'severe' perineal tears are considered to be 3rd and 4th degree tears. These two injuries actually extend down through the perineum and into the anal sphincter complex, the muscles which control the passing of wind and faeces.

I had a severe perineal tear is this negligent?

If you have had a 3rd or 4th degree tear, you will be aware that the injury is unpleasant and can take weeks or months to recover from. For some the experience will put them off having future vaginal deliveries, particularly if there have been long-term symptoms such as pain, discomfort during sexual intercourse, and faecal urgency.

All this is of course very upsetting, and you may be wondering whether it should ever have happened in the first place. Could more have been done to prevent your tear? And was it the result of medical neglect?

Perineal tears are part and parcel of vaginal births. Although not everyone will sustain a tear, it is something that does happen and it is a known risk of vaginal deliveries. Therefore if you suffered a 3rd or 4th degree tear is it unfortunate, but it is not negligent.

When can I claim?

However, as you may be aware, perineal tears often lead to successful medical negligence claims. So if it is not negligent to sustain a tear, why would a medical negligence claim arise?

Most claims relating to perineal tears occur because the injury has not been diagnosed and repaired. It is not very common for a claim to involve a first or second degree tear. But if a third or fourth degree tear has been missed, the consequences can be life-changing which is why the victim deserves the chance to pursue a claim against those at fault.

Want to know more?

If you would like to know whether you are able to make a claim for a perineal tear, please get in touch with the team at Glynns Solicitors.

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