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Vaginal or Perineal Tears Claims
If you have suffered a vaginal tear, perineal tear or anal sphincter damage during childbirth, you may be in a position to claim compensation for the pain and suffering caused. Although often difficult to prevent, tears should be properly checked to prevent long-lasting effects. At JMW, our expert solicitors have many years of experience acting on behalf of mothers who have suffered such traumatic and distressing injuries that were not correctly treated.
Talk to our sympathetic clinical negligence team today to find out more about how we can help with your perineal tear claim. Getting in touch is easy; simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call to discuss your options.
Tears during delivery are often impossible to predict or prevent; they are sometimes an unfortunate but natural by-product of giving birth. Following childbirth, however, obstetricians or midwives should check for tears or other injuries and advise on relevant treatment - sometimes even surgery - to make sure there are no long-lasting consequences.
Vaginal tears can vary in severity and those that involve only the skin around the vagina will typically heal within a couple of weeks. However, some tears can take longer to heal if they are more extensive, while it may be a sign of infection should the pain be particularly excessive.
Damage to the anal sphincter following childbirth should be treated as quickly as possible. A full examination of the perineum, vagina and rectum is usually carried out after a delivery and healthcare staff should spot any injuries before a mother leaves the hospital.
Symptoms of a sphincter injury include:
- Vaginal faecal loss
- Faecal incontinence
- Uncontrollable flatus
- Faecal seepage
If injuries of this type are not spotted and correctly addressed, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Tears to the vagina, perineum or anal sphincter can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- If one of the baby's shoulders gets stuck behind the pubic bone
- If the baby is particularly large
- If the second stage of labour lasts for longer than originally expected
This kind of damage can have serious long-term effects if not treated correctly. Vaginal, perineal or anal sphincter tears could lead to physical and psychological issues such as:
- Serious pain
- Anal fistula (the development of a small channel between the skin around the anus and the end of the bowel)
- Fear of having sex or giving birth
At JMW, our specialist solicitors have represented many mothers who have needlessly suffered following vaginal or perineal tears or subsequent anal sphincter damage.
As well as the expertise we offer our clients, we are approachable and sympathetic. We understand how difficult it is for mothers who have endured such injuries and treat every case and client with the same high level of care.
Our clinical negligence team includes members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel and is known throughout the UK for its professionalism and high success rates.