What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence is when the standard of medical care falls below a reasonable standard. If this substandard level of care causes a patient to suffer physical and/or emotional injury, there will be grounds for a medical negligence claim.
When can you claim for a third degree tear?
The level of medical care for a third degree tear will be considered negligent if:
- A third degree tear was not diagnosed shortly after delivery because a post-partum examination (including a digital rectal examination) was not performed
- A third degree tear was not diagnosed shortly after delivery because an injury was not detected by the medical practitioner during a post-partum examination
- A third degree tear was mistaken for a more minor injury – such as a first or second degree tear – during a post-partum examination
- A third degree tear was diagnosed and repaired, but the repair was of a poor quality.
How do you find out if you can claim for a third degree tear?
If you believe your third degree tear was badly managed by medical professionals, you could be able to make a medical negligence claim. To find out for certain, you need to contact a solicitor who specialises in birth injury claims. This will give you the chance to discuss your case with a legal expert who will then advise whether or not you are in a position to pursue legal action.
If you are able to make a third degree tear claim and it is successful, you will be awarded a sum of compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages you have incurred.
Expert legal advice
To find out whether you could obtain compensation for a third degree tear, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. During a free initial consultation, we will ask you about the care you received while in hospital and the injuries you suffered. We will then use our specialist legal knowledge to suggest whether you could be entitled to compensation.
It is important not to delay in seeking legal assistance, as medical negligence claims must be made within three years of the incident. Therefore the earlier you speak to a solicitor, the better.
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