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Mismanaged Perineal Tear Claims

If you have suffered due to the mismanagement of a perineal tear, you may be entitled to make a claim, and the highly regarded specialist solicitors at JMW are here to help.

A tear that is not repaired correctly can have very serious consequences, meaning seeking compensation is a necessary step in making up for any pain and upset caused.

Our medical negligence lawyers are considered among the best in the UK, combining extensive legal know-how with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity, ensuring the process is as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

Our medical negligence lawyers are considered among the best in the UK, combining extensive legal know-how with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity, ensuring the process is as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

The team has years of experience in helping people with their mismanaged perineal tear claims. Speak to our approachable solicitors today by calling us on 0345 872 6666 or by completing our online enquiry form and we will call you back. We are able to take on cases on a no win, no fee basis.  

What Our Clients Say

How JMW Can Help

The team at JMW has helped many people with their perineal tear claims and we have the expertise, experience and proactive approach to give you the very best chance of achieving a successful outcome.

We have many years of experience in claims against the NHS and private healthcare providers on behalf of women who have suffered due to medical negligence. We understand the distress you have likely experienced, and are here for you.

Our team is headed by leading medical negligence solicitor Eddie Jones, and we are renowned throughout the UK for our work. Members of our team also make up the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence solicitors.

How to Make a Perineal Tear Claim

While perineal tears are fairly common and are usually easily treated, problems can arise if they are not managed and treated properly. Indeed, it is relatively uncommon for the tear itself to be negligent, instead, the negligence usually occurs in the form of poor care following the tear.

All tears should be assessed properly and the repairs carried out in accordance with the guidance in relation to the type of suture, using appropriate equipment and materials. This is particularly important in the event of the more serious Grade 3 and Grade 4 tears.

If you have suffered because you believe your repair was mismanaged, you may be entitled to make a claim. You may also be in a position to seek compensation if your previous tear has not been taken into account during a subsequent pregnancy and the method of delivery was not appropriate and resulted in you suffering further perineal injury.

The first step, if you think you are entitled to compensation, is to get in touch with us to discuss your case. We will help you understand if you have a claim, before investigating the circumstances surrounding the negligence you have suffered by analysing medical records and, if necessary, consulting with independent medical professionals.

FAQs

What is a perineal tear?

A perineal tear is a tear between the vagina and the anus, which can sometimes occur when a woman gives birth.

Such injuries are not uncommon and can vary in severity, ranging from small abrasions to deep lacerations that can affect pelvic floor muscles.

There are four grades of tear:

  • Grade 1 - Skin damage only
  • Grade 2 - Injury to the perineal muscle, but not to the anal sphincter
  • Grade 3 - Perineum injury involving parts of the anal sphincter, but not the rectal mucosa, which remains intact
  • Grade 4 - Perineum injury that may include a tearing of the anal canal and spreading to the rectum

What are the risk factors

It is difficult to know beforehand which women may suffer a tear during childbirth; however, there are certain risk factors that can suggest a tear may occur. These include:

  • The baby weighs more than 4kg
  • It is your first vaginal delivery
  • You endured a lengthy second stage of labour
  • You have sustained a Grade 3 or Grade 4 tear during a previous birth
  • Shoulder dystocia has occurred
  • You have undergone an episiotomy (a surgical cut in the perineum to enlarge the vaginal opening)
  • The delivery was undertaken using forceps 

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Find out more about our services and how we can help you following a mismanaged perineal tear by getting in touch today. Call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as we can.

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