An anal sphincter injury can cause catastrophic long-term dysfunction. If you are suffering with the appalling symptoms of this childbirth injury due to a misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Anal Sphincter Injuries
It is thought that around 5 – 10% of women who give birth vaginally will suffer an anal sphincter injury.
An anal sphincter injury is a severe form of perineal tear which occurs as the baby is born. The birth requires the vagina and perineum to stretch and this can frequently cause this region to tear.
Most of these perineal tears will be small and heal quickly but a few extend to the anal region and cause significant and potentially life-changing damage.
3rd and 4th degree tears
These severe tears damage the muscles which allow the woman to control her bowels. If these muscles are damaged, the woman may no longer be able to prevent the passing of wind and faeces.
3rd and 4th degree tears require prompt diagnosis and competent surgical repair to avoid any long-term impact on the woman’s professional and personal life. A failure to undertake either – or both – of these actions can justify a claim for compensation if the woman is left struggling to control her bowels.
Areas of Negligence
- Women who have given birth vaginally should undergo a thorough examination after the birth. If this does not occur and a severe tear is missed entirely or misdiagnosed as a lesser tear, the medical professional responsible for such a lapse might be considered to have acted negligently
- If a severe tear receives an incompetent or inadequate repair, the woman may go on to suffer bowel difficulties or even develop a fistula between the bowel and the vagina allowing the leakage of faeces. Guidelines exist regarding the best methods for repairing severe tears and a failure to follow them may constitute substandard medical care.
Speak to a solicitor
If you are suffering with the distressing long-term symptoms of a misdiagnosed 3rd or 4th degree tear, contact us to discuss your experience with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.
We have supported numerous women in their claims for compensation for missed perineal tears and would be happy to advise you.
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