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Unrepaired Bowel Damage due to Childbirth

Unrepaired Bowel Damage due to Childbirth

If you are suffering severe and debilitating bowel problems following vaginal childbirth, you may have an unrepaired third or fourth degree tear. If so, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation. Call Glynns Solicitors today.

Anal trauma in childbirth

Many women suffer embarrassing and distressing bowel problems following vaginal childbirth and assume that this is normal and will clear up over time. However, it is possible that they have, in fact, suffered a tear to their anal sphincter structure which controls the opening and closing of the bowel and they need an urgent repair.

Their symptoms are likely to include a loss of control of the bowel, meaning that they may suffer leakage of wind and faeces over which they have no control.

Not only can this be extremely embarrassing but it can restrict the type of employment the woman may undertake, if she is able to work at all. Life for a woman with significant bowel problems can revolve largely around access to a toilet and the woman's self-confidence can suffer a significant blow as a result.

Diagnosis and repair

If you are experiencing bowel symptoms following the birth of your child, you have probably suffered a third or fourth degree tear which has only been partially repaired or not repaired at all.

If you have undergone a repair which has not been successful, it may be that the repair was carried out by an inexperienced practitioner and you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for your on-going symptoms.

If you have not undergone a repair at all, it is most likely that you did not receive a diagnosis of your perineal trauma following the birth of your baby. You may have been told that you had suffered a 1st or 2nd degree tear rather than a severe 3rd or 4th degree tear.

If your injury was not diagnosed, you may be able to claim compensation. Guidelines indicate that all women who have undergone vaginal childbirth should be thoroughly examined after the birth and any injury should be carefully classified.

Certain categories of women, such as those who have had an instrumental delivery, are especially susceptible to severe birth tears and a failure to assess them carefully after vaginal childbirth may be regarded as negligent.

Speak to a solicitor

If you are suffering significant problems due to a failure by medical professionals to manage your perineal injury appropriately, contact Glynns today to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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