Many first-time mums of those experiencing difficulties during childbirth will undergo an episiotomy, where a surgical incision is made to help with the birth. There are two types of episiotomy – the first is a midline episiotomy, where a straight cut is made in the direction of the anus. The second type is a mediolateral episiotomy, which is made at a 45 degree angle. There are concerns that a midline episiotomy could increase the risk of third or fourth degree tears, but this is only a possibility. As with any surgical procedure, pain from an episiotomy could last for weeks or even months and depending on how well the patient heals, it could be debilitating and require time off work to recover. In the event that an episiotomy was carried out and it was not justified, or if it was carried out without the patient’s consent, medical negligence could be deemed to have occurred. In cases like this, you may be able to claim compensation for episiotomy pain.
Claiming compensation: next steps
Nobody wants to be worrying about birth injuries or in pain after giving birth – this should be a happy time when you are focusing on your baby and being a new mum. If you have been injured whilst giving birth, you could claim compensation for episiotomy pain. You’ll usually need to make your claim for compensation within three years of the date of your injury, so it makes sense to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your delivery. They’ll be able to offer you advice and discuss the circumstances surrounding your episiotomy to establish whether medical negligence has occurred. If it has, they will then liaise with medical professionals to gather evidence to prove clinical negligence, and establish how much compensation you could receive.
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With so many personal injury lawyers out there to choose from, how do you find one you can trust? Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been helping customers claim compensation for medical negligence since 2000, and we’re proud of the high standards of service we offer all our customers. We’re recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, so you know you can trust us to handle your claim professionally. Whether you are considering claiming compensation for episiotomy pain or have suffered another type of injury whilst giving birth, contact our freephone helpline today.