The pernineum is the area between the vagina and the anus. Perineal tears can happen naturally during childbirth or the doctor or midwife may need to cut the area to allow the baby to be delivered (an episiotomy). Sometimes the cut or can extend and become a perineal tear.
Obstetric tears include tears to the itself and these are classified on their severity with the most severe tears being third and fourth-degree tears as they involve the internal and external anal sphincters and cause impairment to bowel function, leading to women having problems with faecal urgency, incontinence and problems holding wind (flatus).
A perennial tear or a sphincter injury isn’t always preventable or a cause for a legal claim. However, if the doctor of midwife misdiagnoses the type or category of tear, or fails to treat your injury correctly, there can be much more serious consequences and long-lasting problems after childbirth. These may include physical and problems, such as severe pain or bowel incontinence and flatulence, that can significantly restrict your life and your ability to work and affect your relationships.
Examples of poor care can include:
Many women who have suffered perineal or sphincter injury can find it difficult to discuss their symptoms. We understand that it’s a sensitive issue to discuss and cause not only physical symptoms but also distress. Our laywers are obstetric negligence experts and are consistently acknowledged for their understanding and sensitive dedication to their clients.
Get in touch for a free confidential discussion. We’ll listen to your story and be able to advise you on whether you can make a claim based on what happened to you. To talk about your circumstances with our experts, contact Switalskis today.
Switalskis’ service is tailored to the individual needs of each client. We know that a perineal tear can be a sensitive subject to discuss and a traumatic experience to relive. We take the time to listen to your circumstances and build your case around you. You’re never just a client to us. It’s about supporting you through your recovery, and gaining answers as to what happened to you.
We’ll work thoroughly to review all of the relevant evidence, gather testimony from medical experts, and build the strongest possible case to support your claim.
If you need support in claiming perineal tear compensation, the experts at Switalskis can help. Call 0800 138 0458 today.
The unique circumstances that each person experiences affect how the claims process unfolds. However, there are general milestones through which every case will progress.
The team at Switalskis prioritises clear communication. We’ll stay in touch and offer regular updates throughout the process so you’ll always know what is happening with your claim. We’ll also remain dedicated throughout to moving your case forward and pushing for a positive resolution to your claim.
Many women suffer physical and problems after experiencing perineal tears or sphincter injuries, particularly third and fourth-degreee injuries. This can sometimes affect their ability to leave the house and they may have to give up work. It can significantly affect their relationships with family and friends.
Compensation will include:
The amount of compensation will depend on your particular circumstances. When advising you, we will consider the nature of the negligence, the severity of the tear and your injuries, and the impact on your life and your future.
The question of funding a legal case is sometimes enough to put people off the idea of making a claim. At Switalskis, we believe that this should never be the case. Everyone should be able to pursue justice when they’ve experienced medical negligence, no matter their financial circumstances. Thankfully, there are several ways to fund a claim that doesn’t pose a financial risk to the claimant.
When you call us to discuss your case, we’ll talk about your funding options and help you understand how they work. That way, you can be sure to choose the most suitable option for you.
Almost every medical negligence claim has a ‘limitation period’ that determines when you can make a claim. This is usually three years and begins from the date that the negligent incident happened. If the medical negligence isn’t immediately clear, the limitation period will begin from the point that you realise (or should’ve realised) that negligence caused the harm you suffered.
There are some specific cases where time limits may not apply. For example:
To make sure you don’t miss out on your right to claim, you should act as soon as possible. Get in touch with Switalskis today to find out whether you’re eligible to claim and start the process.
Throughout the process, we pride ourselves on communicating regularly, keeping you informed, and providing guidance. Our dedicated solicitors strive to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible, allowing you to focus on what truly matters: caring for your child.
When doctors let you down and fail to treat painful conditions, the consequences are not just physical. Get in touch with Switalskis, and we’ll be your ally on this journey. Call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website today.