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Victim Of Obstetric Fistula?

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If you have been the victim of an Obstetric fistula you probably have many unanswered questions. What exactly is it, what can be done to treat it and why did it happen. Glynns solicitors are here to help you to answer these questions and to take away any stress or anxiety that you may have. We have extensive experience of birth injury medical negligence and of obstetric fistula, so let us help you.

For an instant, free and no obligation discussion with one of our specialist birth injury solicitors, please call us on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or make a Quick Online Enquiry.

What Is An Obstetric Fistula?

This usually happens during a long labour, and is a hole which devlops either between the rectum and the vagina (which is known as a rectovaginal fistula) or between the bladder and the vagina (which is called a vesicovaginal fistula). It is caused by the blood supply to one of these areas being cut off due to pressure on the birth canal by the baby during childbirth. The loss of blood supply causes the tissue to die (become necrotic) and subsequently it rots away, leaving the whole (obstetric fistula).

How Do You Know If You Have An Obstetric Fistula?

The symptoms of an obstetric fistula include the following:

  • Nerve damage, which in severe cases can lead to paralysis of the legs.
  • Recurrent infection to the area in question;
  • Ulceration of the vaginal tract;
  • Urine or faecal incontinence;

Treatment Available For An Obstetric Fistula

An obstetric fistula can be treated under general surgery to repair and reconstruct the damaged area. Failure to treat a fistula can lead to serious infections and even to kidney failure.

When Does An Obstetric Fistula Amount To Medical Negligence?

An obstetric fistula can lead to a medical negligence if the medical team failed to monitor your labour sufficiently well leading to the fistula. More careful monitoring may have led to a caesarian section whcih could have prevented the fistula. Furthermore, failure to diagnose an obstetric fistula in time or at all can also amount to medical negligence.

Unsure What To Do?

If you are unsure what to do or whether to find out more about claiming, please call us now for an instant, free and no obligation discussion with one of our specialist birth injury solicitors on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or make a Quick Online Enquiry.

What Do I Pay If I Decide To Make A Claim?

We will explain all of the possible funding options available to you when we speak with you, but broadly these can include the folling:

  • Conditional Fees ("no win, no fee").
  • Legal Expenses Insurance (possibly as part of your household insurance policy - we will check this for you)
  • Private Funding
  • Structured Payment Plans

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