If you are unable to return to work as a teacher because your perineal tear was not diagnosed and repaired to an acceptable standard, you need to talk to a solicitor.
It is very likely that you are the victim of medical negligence, meaning that you will be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. Your compensation settlement would cover all the money you have lost because of your injuries, including yours past and future loss of earnings.
If your ability to work has been adversely affected by medical error, do not hesitate to contact our expert legal team today.
3rd and 4th degree tear medical negligence
3rd and 4th degree tears are injuries that involve the vaginal tissue, perineum and anal sphincter complex. They are considered severe tears and it is possible that a patient will develop problems afterwards, despite a good repair being carried out.
Nevertheless, there is a much greater risk of suffering ongoing symptoms if a 3rd or 4th degree tear is negligently managed. Examples of a negligently managed tear include:
- Failing to diagnose a 3rd/4th degree tear
- Failing to repair a 3rd/4th degree tear
- Failing to carry out a complete repair of a 3rd/4th degree tear
Consequences of negligently managed tear
If a 3rd or 4th degree tear is not diagnosed and repaired to a good standard, function will be reduced or lost. The consequences of this will be that the anal sphincter does not work properly, making it hard to prevent the passing of wind and faeces. This can result in faecal urgency and episodes of incontinence.
This can have serious knock-on effects for the patient concerned. Suffering from faecal urgency will understandably make a person reluctant to be far from a toilet. If a bowel motion is ready to be passed but a toilet cannot be reached in time, it will result in an accident. It may also be difficult to control wind, which can be embarrassing.
I cannot return to being a teacher after giving birth
These issues can render a woman almost house-bound. Many will find the thought of returning to work particularly traumatic as they will have to manage their symptoms in the working environment.
Professions such as teaching can be especially difficult as it may not be feasible to rush to the toilet in the middle of a class. Furthermore, standing in front of a classroom full of children while suffering from incontinence of wind and faeces can be extremely distressing.
Compensation for your lost earnings
If you are unable to return to work because doctors failed to diagnose and repair your perineal tear, you need to think about claiming compensation. This will enable to you recover all the money you have lost because of your injuries, including your loss of earnings (past and future).
To talk to a solicitor about claiming compensation for the damages you have incurred, please get in touch with us today.