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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. If a tear is not repaired correctly, this can have very serious consequences for the woman; seeking compensation is therefore a necessary step in making up for any pain and upset caused. JMW has the experience in this area to help you secure the right outcome.
Speak to our perineal tear solicitors today to find out more about how we can help. We understand that many women suffer in silence about the side-effects of giving birth, but if you think that your postpartum care regarding a repair was not adequate, or if you suffered a perineal injury after being turned down for a caesarean section, you may be in a position to take legal action. Call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back.
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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
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, rather it is any poor care following the tear that can be deemed so.
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.
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
Claiming perineal tear compensation can represent an important part in making up for the pain and upset caused to a woman at what should be one of the happiest moments of their lives. If sufferers had not endured unnecessary pain and complications due to poor care, their experience of delivering and then looking after a newborn baby could have been much easier and happier.
If the injuries and any related complications could and should have been avoided, seeking legal help can help you to compensate for the issues caused and help you and your family move forward.
The clinical negligence team at JMW is highly experienced in perineal tear compensation claims and we will provide the expert support and guidance at what we know can be a difficult time. Our solicitors have dealt with many such cases in the past and have an excellent track record in helping people secure the compensation they deserve.
The team is headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones and is recognised as one of the best in the UK. It includes members of both the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel.