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NHS Ignored My 3rd Degree Tear Symptoms

NHS Ignored My 3rd Degree Tear Symptoms

A woman suffering perineal pain and bowel problems following vaginal childbirth can sometimes be told that these are normal symptoms and will go away. If the woman has suffered a severe perineal tear, however, these symptoms will not just go away and may indicate that she has been the victim of medical negligence.

Perineal tear symptoms

Several of our clients have told us that they have been made to feel as if they were making a fuss when they complained of bowel problems or perineal infections after giving birth. Some have not even mentioned their distressing symptoms to their midwife or GP as they assumed it was normal to suffer perineal problems after childbirth.

Such symptoms might, however, suggest that the woman has an undiagnosed and unrepaired perineal tear.

A third degree tear causes damage to the woman's anus which, if unrepaired, can impact on the woman's ability to control her bowel. She may then suffer the following symptoms:

  • Urgency when needing the toilet
  • Pain and infections of the perineum (between the vagina and anus)
  • Inability to prevent the leaking of faeces
  • Inability to prevent the passing of wind

Not only can such symptoms cause acute embarrassment to the woman affected, but can also limit her capacity to work and earn a living as well as impacting on her personal relationships.

Medical negligence

If she is suffering these symptoms because medical professionals failed to diagnose her perineal tear or investigate her symptoms following the birth of her baby, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Severe perineal and anal damage caused by vaginal childbirth is most likely to resolve if a thorough repair is achieved as soon as possible after the birth. Delayed surgery is less likely to bring about a long-term recovery.

If the damage is undiagnosed and, therefore, unrepaired, the long-term problems suffered by the new mother can, as seen above, be significant.

Speak to a solicitor

If you are suffering from the effects of an unrepaired severe birth tear, contact Glynns to talk to a specialist medical solicitor.

We have considerable experience of supporting women in making compensation in just such circumstances and will be very happy to discuss your situation with you.

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