The psychological effect of a severe anal injury can be as bad as or worse than the physical impact. A successful claim for compensation may help to alleviate some problems and give a sense that justice has been done.
The impact of perineal injury
The physical impact of a severe perineal injury during childbirth does not appear to have a high profile even though there is some evidence that these types of injuries are increasing.
The psychological impact on the woman concerned frequently has an even lower profile. The shame and embarrassment felt by many women when they are suffering with the appalling symptoms of an anal sphincter injury can be extreme. They can become isolated due to the inconvenience and distress of their physical problems and this, in turn, can cause depression and an increasing reluctance to leave the house.
Where the injury could have been avoided or a decent repair could have been achieved, the injustice of their condition can add to the misery of wind and faecal incontinence.
Treating anal sphincter injuries
When a woman gives birth vaginally, she risks suffering a perineal tear.
When it is her first birth, or the baby is large, she runs the risk of a severe injury– a 3rd or 4th degree tear. The effects of this on the bowel can last a lifetime if not skilfully repaired as soon as possible.
Consequently, all women undergoing a vaginal birth should receive a thorough examination of the perineum and anal region shortly after the birth to check for any signs of injury.
This is absolutely vital to ensure that any damage is repaired promptly and effectively. Where this occurs, there is a very high chance that the woman will be free of all symptoms within twelve months.
Where such injuries are not diagnosed and the woman develops the shocking symptoms of wind and faecal incontinence, the medical practitioners who attended the birth may be considered to have offered a substandard level of care and it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.
Speak to a solicitor
If you are suffering with the dreadful long-term effects of an undiagnosed third or fourth degree tear, contact us to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.
We have supported numerous women in their claims for compensation for missed perineal injury and would be very happy to advise you.
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