If your third degree tear was negligently managed, you could be eligible to pursue a medical negligence claim against the hospital in question. Contact us today to find out more.
Can I claim for a third degree tear?
A third degree tear is a type of perineal injury sustained by a woman while giving birth vaginally. It involves a tear that extends from the vaginal opening and into the external anal sphincter. It is one of the most serious types of perineal tear, second only to fourth degree tears which extend to the internal anal sphincter.
If you sustain a third degree tear, it is of course very unfortunate, but it is nevertheless a natural part of childbirth. Third degree tears are known to be more prevalent in women giving birth for the first time, with a larger than average baby and in assisted deliveries. However, third degree tears cannot be prevented.
Therefore just because a third degree tear has occurred does not mean that there is a case of medical negligence.
Third degree tear claims
But if a third degree tear is not properly managed, there may be grounds for a claim.
Third degree tears should be diagnosed shortly after the delivery and then repaired by an experienced surgeon in theatre. If this care is not provided, the standard will have fallen below an acceptable level. This might arise because medical professionals fail to diagnose the tear, or fail to perform an adequate repair.
If you suspect your tear was not managed in an acceptable fashion, you should speak to a solicitor about your experience. A lawyer who specialises in this area of law will be able to provide further advice, suggesting what options are available.
What will my lawyer do?
A third degree tear lawyer will be able to advise you from the outset. This will begin with an initial telephone consultation, during which you will be asked about the details of your care.
Once the evidence has been collected, you will be told whether or not you can claim. If so, your lawyer will manage the claim on your behalf. You will be needed to assist in various ways – for example, providing a witness statement and attending a medical expert for an examination. Your lawyer will guide you through each stage, providing advice and support at every stage.
The final step is to obtain a suitable compensation settlement that reflects the injuries you have sustained. Your lawyer will negotiate this settlement with the other side, ensuring you are awarded an appropriate sum of money.
To talk to a medical negligence lawyer about a third degree tear claim, please get in touch with us today.