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On-going Third Degree Tear Symptoms

On-going Third Degree Tear Symptoms

If you are continuing to experience severe bowel problems long after the birth of your baby, it maybe that you have an undiagnosed or unrepaired third degree tear. If so, you might wish to consider making a claim for compensation.

Symptoms of an unrepaired birth tear

The symptoms caused by an unrepaired third degree tear can be utterly miserable and severely debilitating.

An anal injury during childbirth can leave the new mother with the following symptoms:

  • Inability to prevent the passing of faeces, causing bowel 'accidents'
  • Inability to prevent the passing of wind
  • Extreme urgency when needing the toilet
  • Leakage from the vagina if a fistula has developed between the anus and the vagina
  • Discomfort during intercourse
  • Repeated perineal infections

Long-term impact

We have worked with numerous women who have become incontinent due to negligent care following the birth of their baby and we understand how distressing and life-changing such a situation can be.

It is widely acknowledged that the training of GPs and midwives gives insufficient attention to the appalling long-term impact of a third or fourth degree birth tear. Consequently, many women are left with an inadequate repair and shocking symptoms which can impact on the every aspect of their lives.

Returning to work if you have become incontinent of wind and faeces can be extremely difficult. It may restrict the type of employment a woman can undertake and reduce the hours that she can work. It can have a major effect on her income.

Women suffering anal incontinence often suffer psychologically as well, finding it difficult to leave the house or socialise. This can affect the extent to which they can support their children in learning to socialise as well as limiting the woman's own social life.

Medical negligence

A failure by medical professionals to understand the impact of severe tears can leave a woman feeling isolated and desperate.

If a woman does not receive a perineal examination following the birth of her baby, the relevant medical professionals may be regarded as having been negligent.

A failure to diagnose and repair a third or fourth degree tear, leaving the woman with on-going symptoms may justify a claim for compensation.

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Contact Glynns today if you are struggling with the appalling symptoms of an unrepaired severe tear. One of our specialist medical negligence solicitors will be very happy to discuss your experience with you.

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