Miss Stanley suffered a perineal tear during the birth of her son. The tear extended to the anal margin. The tear was stitched but the doctor failed to realise that the anal sphincter had been damaged and therefore failed to repair it. After she was discharged from hospital Miss Stanley began to suffer from incontinence and the damage to her anal sphincter was eventually diagnosed and repaired.
We pursued a claim for Miss Stanley on the basis that the delay in diagnosis and repair of damage to the anal sphincter had led to a worse outcome than would have been achieved if the damage had been repaired immediately.Posted in Birth injury to mothers,Perineal Tears – third and fourth degree