Perineal Tear Compensation Claims

A perineal tear is one of the most unpleasant things that can happen during childbirth. In most cases, this issue can be avoided through other treatments, such as a C-Section or Episiotomy. If you’ve suffered a perineal tear during childbirth, then you may be entitled to make a claim for medical negligence compensation. Tears of this kind aren’t just painful and unpleasant, they can also cause serious issues to other parts of your body. It is common, for example, for perineal tears to cause serious injuries to the anal muscle.

If you’ve suffered a perineal tear, then you could be entitled to compensation. These injuries during childbirth can be easily avoided thanks to diligent medical care. If your doctor or midwife fail to notice the risk of a tear in your perineum, then you may be able to make claims for compensation. Medical negligence claims can be the only way you’ll recover from injuries during childbirth without going into debt.

Here at Tylers Solicitors, our experienced team of no-win, no-fee lawyers can deliver a comprehensive range of legal services. We can work with you directly to get the compensation that you are entitled to. This can help to pay for any bills accrued while you recover from the childbirth injury. The money you receive can also help you to recover following the pain and suffering that you’ve been forced to undergo. If you’re looking to make a claim for compensation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team today. You can reach us directly by calling 0800 699 0079 today. You may also submit any question or concerns through our simple online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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What is a Perineal Tear?

A perineal tear is a complication which can occur during childbirth. As the baby comes out, it can cause the perineum to tear. The perineum is the space between the vagina and the anus. During childbirth, this area is placed under a great deal of stress and it can easily tear or sustain other forms of damage. If the perineum tears, it can result in serious damage to the anal muscle which can have long-term complications.

Perineal tears are completely avoidable through an episiotomy. This operation will widen the vagina and reduce stress on the perineum. This is the most effective way of preventing perineal tears from occurring in the first place. These childbirth complications can take a great deal of time to repair and, even then, there is the risk that they will heal incorrectly.

Here at Tylers Solicitors, our experienced team can deliver a range of no-win, no-fee legal services. We can help you to make compensation claims for medical negligence against the hospital or midwife responsible for your perineum injury. Childbirth injuries can be dangerous and lead to a whole range of complications. The compensation that you receive will depend on the severity of the tear and the amount of suffering that you have been forced to undergo.

What Causes Perineal Tears?

Perineal tearing occurs when too much pressure is placed on the perineum. It is common for this to occur during childbirth. The perineum can be torn if the baby is too large to fit through the birth canal.

What Factors Increase the Chance of Perineal Tearing?

There are a range of different factors which can alter the chances of a perineal tear during childbirth. Some of the factors which can increase the chance of tearing include:

  • Mother’s Weight.
  • Child’s Weight.
  • First-Time Mothers.
  • Birth Muscles Strength.
  • Past Perineum Injuries.

How Common are Perineal Tears?

Perineal tears, in some form or other, are extremely common. Around 90% of women will have some kind of tearing in the perineum during their first birth. In most cases, this tearing is minor and doesn’t warrant stitches or further treatment.

What are the Different Types of Perineum Tears?

Here in the UK, perineal tears are classified between 1 and 4 depending on their severity. 1st Degree Tears, for example, are superficial and will not require treatment. 4th Degree Tears are extremely dangerous and can be life threatening if not treated.

What is a Superficial Perineum Tear?

A superficial perineal tear is only a minor birth injury. Around 90% of women will suffer a superficial tear. This may result in a slightly loosened vagina but is not harmful to the mother’s health. It may even make later births easier.

What are the Symptoms of a 1st Degree Tear?

1st degree, superficial tears are the least severe. They involve only the perineal skin, which shouldn’t require much treatment. Over the next few weeks, these issues can cause discomfort, mild pain and sting during urination.

What are 2nd Degree Tears in the Perineum?

2nd degree tears are in the space between the vagina and anus. They will often be noticeable, to the point that they will often require stitches. These injuries can be quite painful, and recovery may take several weeks.

How Common are 3rd and 4th Degree Perineal Tears?

These are the least common of all perineal tears. They are extremely serious and can even be life threatening. In many cases, it can require surgery to repair. These tears can take many weeks, and even months, before they are repaired.

Are Perineal Tears Painful?

The pain you will experience following a perineal tear will depend on the severity of the injury. 1st degree tears may only be irritating for a few days. However, 4th degree tears can cause serious pain for many weeks or months.

What are the Complications of Perineal Tears?

The more severe a perineal tear is, the more complications you are likely to suffer from. For 3rd and 4th degree tears, you can suffer from stool leakage, pain during intercourse and excessive pain when moving, sitting or laying down.

How are Perineal Tears Treated?

Perineal tears are normally treated using stitches. For the more serious tears, you might have to undergo emergency surgery following the birth. These serious complications can often require anaesthetic to be treated.

How Long Does It Take for a Perineal Tear to Heal?

Perineal tears can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to heal, depending on the severity of the injury.

Can Perineum Tears be Avoided?

Injuries to the perineum can be avoided through episiotomy. Rather than allowing the childbirth to tear the skin and muscle, episiotomy is a controlled cut. This allows to doctor or midwife to prevent serious damage to the mother and child during birth.

What is an Episiotomy?

Episiotomy is a controlled cutting of the perineum. The doctor or midwife will cut enough of the perineum to give the baby enough space to be born. This can prevent damage from occurring and allow the perineum to be more easily treated.

Can a Tear in the Perineum be Reopened?

A tear in the perineum which hasn’t healed correctly can easily be reopened. This can be extremely dangerous and cause long-term problems. If your perineal tear won’t heal due to medical negligence, then you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

Can I Have Sex After Perineal Tears?

It is best to avoid any kind of intercourse following a perineal tear – at least until it has completely healed. Placing additional stress on the perineum can cause the wound to reopen, requiring another trip to the hospital.

Can I Claim for Perineal Tearing in the UK?

If you’ve suffered a serious perineal tear in the UK, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. As perineum tearing during childbirth is avoidable, it can be an example of serious medical negligence on your doctor’s part.

How Much Could I Get for Perineal Tears Compensation Claims?

If you’ve suffered serious tears in the perineum, get in touch with the medical negligence team at Tylers Solicitors today. Our experienced team of no-win, no-fee legal specialists can help you to get the compensation that you are entitled to. Over the years, we have helped women to make all kinds of perineal damage claims following medical negligence during childbirth.

Damage to the perineum can be life-altering and cause long-term health hazards, including stool leakage. These issues can make it almost impossible to work or engage in social events without serious embarrassment and anxiety. Following any kind of damage to the perineum, depression and anxiety-related illnesses are also extremely common.

Thanks to the team at Tylers Solicitors, you’ll be able to make no-win, no-fee compensation claims. The amount of money that you receive will be dependent on the level of suffering that you have been forced to undergo, and the degree of medical negligence that your healthcare provider, doctor or midwife displayed.

Types of Perineal Tearing Description Amount of Compensation
2nd Degree Damage to the Perineum Minor tearing of the perineum, which heals after a few weeks. £2,000 to £8,000
3rd Degree Damage to the Perineum Moderate tearing which heals after a few weeks or months; usually requiring surgery to repair. £8,000 to £30,000
4th Degree Tearing Serious tearing which requires surgery to resolve and can take months to properly heal. £30,000 to £80,000
4th Degree Tearing with Long-Term Complications Serious tearing of the perineum which requires surgery to treat. Accompanied by long-term complications and health issues, including stool leakage. £80,000 to £300,000.


What Kinds of Perineal Tearing Can I Claim For?

Here in the UK, you are able make medical negligence compensation claims following 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree tearing of the perineum. Failing to conduct an episiotomy or diagnose the risk of a perineal tear is a serious sign of medical misconduct which can have life-changing complications. Here at Tylers Solicitors, our team of no-win, no-fee legal specialists can help you to get the compensation that you are entitled to.

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Why Choose Tylers Solicitors For Perineal Tears and Childbirth Injury Compensation?

Here at Tylers Solicitors, our experienced team can deliver no-win, no-fee legal services to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to. Our medical negligence specialists can help you to get the compensation you need to move on with your life following a birth injury to the perineum.

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today. You can reach our specialists today by calling us directly on 0800 699 0079. You can also choose to send any enquiries through our simple online contact form and we promise to get back to you as soon as we can.