Third or Fourth-Degree Tears

If you have sustained a third- or fourth-degree tear during childbirth which has caused you to suffer further complications, you could be entitled to make a medical negligence claim for your injuries.

Third- or fourth-degree tears, also known as an obstetric anal sphincter injury, can occur in 6 out of 100 births for first time mothers and less than 2 out of 100 births for women who have had a vaginal birth before.

A vaginal tear can occur quite naturally during childbirth. Most tears occurring during childbirth are first- or second-degree tears and there are normally no long-term complications for the mother. However, third or fourth degree tears can sadly cause significant pain and discomfort and also complications including pain during sexual intercourse and pain or discomfort when using the toilet.

If your medical team had clear evidence that you were highly likely to tear and failed to take action to prevent the tear, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for medical negligence. Equally, you may be entitled to compensation for medical negligence if the tear is not recognised and treated appropriately at the time of birth.

If you would like advice and assistance from our Specialist Medical Negligence Solicitors, please contact us. Our friendly, professional team are waiting to help you. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

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