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Third Degree Tear Negligence Claims

If you are suffering severe, on-going symptoms due to a third degree birth tear, you may be entitled to compensation. If your injury was not repaired due to a failure to make a proper diagnosis, your medical professionals may be regarded as negligent.

Perineal tears

Third degree tears in vaginal childbirth are not necessarily evidence of negligence. However, if they are not managed and treated appropriately and effectively by the medical practitioners who attended your birth, you might now be experiencing appalling and life-changing symptoms.

It might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Treating severe birth tears

Many women suffer bowel problems after they have given birth through the vagina. These symptoms usually clear up after a few weeks. If the woman has suffered a severe 3rd or 4th degree tear, they should be thoroughly examined after the birth of their baby. Once an accurate diagnosis is in place, the woman should then receive an effective repair in an operating theatre by a skilled surgeon. This should ensure that her symptoms will clear up.

However, many women continue to suffer symptoms of urgency and incontinence long after they have given birth, not realising that they have suffered a severe perineal tear as they have not been properly diagnosed. This means that they have not received a proper repair and their symptoms may become permanent.

Third degree tears

Third degree tears cause damage to the muscles around the anus which is not necessarily evident if the midwife only carries out a cursory examination of the new mother's perineum. The woman may be inaccurately diagnosed with a 1st or 2nd degree tear which only affects the skin and muscle of the perineum. She may only receive a repair by the midwife in the maternity suite.

An accurate diagnosis of anal sphincter damage requires a digital, rectal examination, as recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. If this does not take place, the woman may suffer significant bowel problems permanently, not realising that this is not normal and should not have happened.

Speak to a solicitor

If you are struggling with significant bowel problems, such as wind and faecal incontinence, following the birth of your baby, you may have suffered an undiagnosed severe tear.

You may be struggling to work and earn a living as well as finding it difficult to travel and socialise. A successful compensation claim can help.

Contact Glynns to discuss your experience with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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