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If you have undergone an episiotomy during labour and believe it was performed negligently by an obstetrician, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation. The team at JMW is highly experienced in claims of this type and we can give you the best chance of securing an award of compensation to help you move on from your ordeal.
Get in touch with us today to find out more about your episiotomy negligence claim. We can guide you through the process and give you a better idea of what you can expect. We will support you every step of the way and will always be on hand to offer our advice. Call us on 0800 054 6512 or allow us to contact you by completing our online enquiry form.
An episiotomy is a surgical procedure carried out during labour to assist with the delivery of a baby. It is a surgical incision through the perineum, which is intended to assist childbirth by enlarging the vagina.
The obstetrician or midwife will carry out this procedure if he or she believes the mother is at risk of a vaginal tear, which can be more difficult to repair and can also cause damage to the anal sphincter. Your doctor or midwife may also recommend the procedure if he or she believes a quick childbirth is required in order to reduce imminent risk to the baby's health.
The cut is then closed, usually with dissolving stitches, and should heal within one month.
Like most surgery, certain risks are involved. However, these dangers are higher if the operation is performed incorrectly or inadequately.
Complications can and do, unfortunately, occur during episiotomies. Problems that could potentially be encountered include:
- Postoperative pain
- Severe bruising
- The tear being too long and damaging the anal sphincter
An episiotomy should always be performed with due care and attention, but if the medical professional does not provide an acceptable standard of care, they may be deemed to have acted negligently. There are a number of reasons as to why this might happen. They include:
- Internal damage (such as that to the sphincter) was caused by the incision
- A blunt instrument was used instead of a sharp instrument
- The cut was made straight downwards and not a small, diagonal cut (known as a medio-lateral episiotomy)
- The procedure was not in fact required
Following the birth of the baby, all damage caused by the episiotomy must be identified and repaired immediately. The repair will involve using dissolvable stitches to suture the cut together. However, it is not uncommon for this repair work to be carried out incorrectly and this can result in serious consequences for the patient, including sexual dysfunction and pain.
If you believe the negligence of an obstetrician or midwife during an episiotomy has caused you significant suffering, the solicitors at JMW can help. We have a long track record of claiming compensation for those who have had their quality of life affected by the mistakes made during labour.
Our expert solicitors have many years' experience representing mothers who have suffered as a result of an episiotomy. Our approachable and sympathetic experts know how to handle cases of this kind to achieve the results that our clients want.
The clinical negligence team at JMW is renowned throughout the country and is headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones. It includes members of both the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel.