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During childbirth tears and episiotomies are common. A tear is the result of baby being delivered quickly and the vagina not stretching enough. The midwife or doctor may decide to carry out an episiotomy to reduce the risk of a tear or if baby is distressed and a quick delivery is needed. An episiotomy is a small incision in the perineum and is quicker to repair than a serious tear. Complications are common and sadly some the result of negligent care. Do you have continuing problems following a tear or episiotomy? If so we can help you with a medical negligence claim.
The birth of a child is a magical event but despite such a small journey in to the world provides challenges to mum and baby. A vaginal delivery sees baby travel through the birth canal which needs to expand sufficiently so baby’s head can pass. If the vagina does not stretch enough it is likely to tear. (like to tear page)
What is an episiotomy?
An episiotomy is a cut in the area between the vagina and anus called the perineum, made by a doctor or midwife to make the opening wider and helps prevent a more serious tear. The two most common types of episiotomy are:
Midline is a cut from the vagina directly down towards the anus.
Medio Lateral is a cut from the vagina at an angle off to one side of the anus.
If baby becomes distressed the birthing team may decide to carry out an episiotomy to speed delivery. Other reasons for the procedure include; a breech birth, forceps and ventouse deliveries, a lengthy birth meaning mum is exhausted, a large baby, and if mum has other underlying health problems.
Once baby is born the skin will be stitched using dissolvable stitches. It is usual for the cut to heal after a month although moderate pain may continue for a while.
An episiotomy can cause pain, bruising, swelling, bleeding, or become infected. Other problems include pain during sexual intercourse and a leaking of gas or stool due to rectal tissue damage.
Episiotomy and Medical Negligence
The vast majority of mothers receive excellent standards of care during the birth of their child. Occasionally there are times when the level of care drops below what can be expected. The two areas where negligent medical treatment is administered are whilst performing the episiotomy and the wound repair.
Failures during the procedure include:
• A blunt surgical knife
• Incision caused internal damage
• Not a Medio-Lateral incision
• Episiotomy not necessary
Failures During the repair:
• Wound site not cleaned properly
• Not stitched correctly
• Missed injury
If you have suffered because of medical negligence you may be able to make a claim and we can help you. It may be that you are suffering problems and are not sure why or can’t decide to claim for compensation. Speak to us, our team are experienced in these types of cases and can support you with free confidential advice.
FAQs - Brain Injury Compensation Claims
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF BRAIN INJURY COMPENSATION CLAIMS?
A brain injury may have been caused or exacerbated as a result of an accident, failure or delay in providing treatment, failure or delay in diagnosis, surgical error or failure and delay in monitoring. Our panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors have experience in assisting with many types of brain injury claims.
Some examples of brain injury claims our panel specialises in:
CAN I GET FREE CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE BEFORE I DECIDE TO CLAIM?
Before you decide to make a brain injury claim, our panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors will provide free and confidential advice and conduct a free medical claim assessment. This will be under no obligation to use the service.
The free medical claim assessment provides clients and loved ones with an opportunity to obtain free guidance and advice to better understand their legal rights about their potential medical negligence claim. The case will also be assessed to check whether it would eligible for 'no win no fee' or 'legal aid' funding.
IF THE BRAIN INJURY CLAIM WINS WHAT CAN BE CLAIMED?
When settling medical negligence claims, our medical negligence solicitors have experience in recovering compensation and loss of earnings, as well as arranging any necessary care and services to improve the client’s quality of life. Where applicable, these may include:
- Compensation for the Injury or Loss
- Loss of Earnings
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IF MY CLAIM FAILS, WILL I HAVE TO PAY MY SOLICITORS LEGAL FEES?
In most cases, our panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors act under a no win no fee agreement. This is unless the case is eligible for legal aid.
Providing you cooperate with the solicitor and do not provide misleading information, should your case fail you will not be liable to pay your solicitors legal fees.
A no win no fee agreement is a very common agreement used in many types of legal claims. Our panel of medical negligence solicitors are specialist no win no fee medical negligence solicitors and over the years they have helped thousands of people throughout England & Wales pursue a no win no fee medical negligence claim.
ARE YOUR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SOLICITORS BRAIN INJURY SPECIALISTS?
Our panel of medical negligence solicitors and their legal support teams specialise in exclusively assisting members of the public in accessing justice for medical negligence matters.
Our specialist medical negligence solicitor panel has experience in handled the straightforward through to the more complex and serious brain injury medical negligence claims. Between them they have assisted thousands across England & Wales on a no win no fee basis in pursuing a medical negligence claim.
Over the years certain cases that have been settled by our panel of medical negligence solicitors have gained national media coverage. In all of these cases the solicitors have acted on a no win no fee or legal aid basis.
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