To discuss claiming compensation for a perineal tear sustained while giving birth, please get in touch with us at Glynns Solicitors. We have a dedicated team of clinical negligence lawyers with specialist expertise in perineal tear claims.
Perineal tear problems caused by medical negligence
A severe perineal tear can cause ongoing physical issues, even if there is not a case of medical negligence.
However, it is much more likely that a perineal tear will result in significant issues if the tear is not properly diagnosed and repaired. Furthermore, the patient will be legally entitled to pursue a claim for these problems, as they could have been avoided with better medical care.
Symptoms of a missed or poorly repaired tear
If a severe perineal tear is not treated or is inadequately repaired, it can make it difficult to control the passing of wind. There may also be problems with urgency and the ability to defer defecation, resulting in episodes of incontinence and faecal leakage.
These symptoms will undoubtedly have an impact upon a person’s day to day life. For example, a woman may become reluctant to be far from a toilet as she may be unable to prevent the passing of a stool. This can limit an individual’s ability to work, socialise and participate in everyday activities.
At the very least a woman may be forced to wear incontinence pads and take regular doses of a stool-hardening agent. At the worst she could be rendered house-bound or even be fitted with a colostomy bag.
Claiming compensation for your tear
A solicitor will consider whether these symptoms would have been present with a properly conducted repair. If, on the balance of probabilities, an adequate repair would have prevented the devastating incontinence/urgency that developed, there will be grounds for a claim.
To find out whether you are entitled to make a claim, the best thing is to contact a solicitor directly. You will be asked about the care you received and the problems you have been left with. After this discussion, the solicitor will consider your case before advising you further.
If you are told that you have been the innocent victim of medical error, you can decide whether or not you would like to proceed with legal action. This will give you the chance to obtain financial redress for the physical, emotional and financial damage you have wrongfully endured.
Contact us to talk to a solicitor today.