26 May 2011
Amy Bond: Injuries to Mothers During Childbirth
I represent many women who have suffered from injuries during childbirth which have resulted in pyschological as well as physical damage, such as perineal tears. Whilst their babies have been delivered safely, they have been left with problems that can last for years. It is vital that these injuries are correctly identified as quickly as possible and that the correct advice and treatment is obtained.Often, these injuries are of a very sensitive nature and many women are reluctant to seek medical help due to their embarrassment. I represent one such woman who sadly had a third degree perineal tear negligently misdiagnosed for over 6 months.The statistics are worrying. The Royal College of Obsetricians and Gynaecologists estimate that over 85% of women who have a vaginal birth will suffer from some degree of perineal trauma and of these, 60-70% will need suturing. What are the symptoms following a perineal tear? It can include severe pain, incontinence of flatus and solid stool and painful intercourse.If you are concerned, I urge all such woman to not be afraid to seek both medical help and legal advice as compensation may be possible.Amy Bond is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.
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