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Making a Claim for Anal Incontinence after a Birth Injury

Making a Claim for Anal Incontinence after a Birth Injury

The long-term effects of a birth injury can be both severe and life-changing. If you are the suffering the impact of an anal sphincter injury following the birth of your baby, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Perineal birth injuries

Perineal and anal birth injuries are not necessarily a sign of medical negligence. Injuries to both the perineum and the anus can occur as a baby is born due to the pressure on the skin and muscle around the vagina. However, if such an injury does not receive a good standard of medical care, the new mother may suffer a lifetime of severe bowel problems.

Most perineal birth injuries are short-lived and the new mother will make a good recovery. Severe birth tears, however, such as third and fourth degree tears cause damage to the muscles which control the bowel.

An injury to the anus during childbirth requires prompt diagnosis and repair. If the new mother does not receive both of these, she may suffer the following unpleasant and debilitating symptoms:

  • Loss of ability to prevent the passing of wind
  • Loss of the ability to prevent the passing of faeces
  • Extreme urgency when needing to go to the toilet
  • Perineal infections and discomfort

The impact of anal tears

As can be imagined, bowel incontinence can impact on pretty much every aspect of a woman's life. At a psychological level, a woman's self-esteem and confidence can suffer significantly, affecting personal and social relationships. Some women feel unable to leave their home due to their fear of suffering a bowel accident in public.

The financial impact can also be considerable if a woman is unable to return to her normal type of work or can only work a limited number of hours due to the severity of her condition. She may not feel able to work at all. The resulting reduction in income can be dramatic.

If the woman is suffering symptoms because medical professionals failed either to make an accurate and timely diagnosis of her severe birth injury, it maybe appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

A successful compensation claim can provide recompense for the woman's loss of earnings if these are felt to be due to medical incompetence or negligence.

Legal advice

If you are suffering with the appalling bowel symptoms of an unrepaired birth tear due to inadequate medical care, you might be thinking about making a claim for compensation.

Here at Glynns we have supported numerous women in making highly-successful claims for the poor care of anal damage in childbirth and will be very happy to help you.

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