Traumatic cloaca is an injury to the perineum that occurs during childbirth. It’s relatively rare, affecting only about 6% of women, but it can cause distress and pain. Whilst it can occur due to other physical trauma, such as after a car accident, it normally happens during the birth of a first child. Traumatic cloaca is considered a type of fourth-degree laceration; in simple terms it is a perineal tear which leaves women with just one opening for the vagina and rectum. This severe injury can lead to complications such as:
- Difficulties having sex
- Anal incontinence
- Social and psychological problems
Surgical repair must be quickly carried out by a trained anorectal surgeon, who will reconstruct the sphincter and perineum. Antibiotics should also be given after surgery to prevent infection and a number of follow-up appointments need to be arranged to check the repair has been successful and monitor recovery. This type of injury can be devastating but with a successful repair, full recovery is possible. If it appears that the injury could have been avoided; for example if an episiotomy was poorly performed or if the repair has not been carried out properly, claiming compensation for traumatic cloaca may be possible.
How to claim compensation
If you have suffered an injury during childbirth and are considering claiming compensation for traumatic cloaca, contacting a personal injury lawyer should be your first step. They will be able to discuss the circumstances surrounding the birth and subsequent injury with you, to establish whether medical negligence has occurred. Make sure that you choose a lawyer who specialises in personal injury claims. This type of injury can be devastating when you should be concentrating on enjoying being a new mum, so don’t be afraid to claim against the NHS Trust responsible.
Proving medical negligence
Being a new mum is hard enough without having to prove medical negligence, but the good news is that Accident Advice Helpline is here to help. We’ll discuss your claim with you in full, to establish the facts, and liaise with medical experts to prove that negligence occurred. With years of experience in the personal injury industry, we’re endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, so you know you can trust us to handle your claim sensitively and professionally. Our freephone helpline is open 24/7, so whether you have decided to push ahead with claiming compensation for traumatic cloaca or just need some more advice, call us today.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown