Having a baby is supposed to be an exciting and happy time. However, if you have suffered a fourth degree tear, you may feel some of this happiness has been diminished by your painful childbirth experience.

Common types of tear during childbirth

90% of women experience some degree of tearing when they give birth. This tearing happens in the perineum, which is the area between the vagina and the anus.
Most women will have a first or second degree tear, and if stiches are required, they will be done in the delivery suite. These types of tears are unlikely to cause any future problems.

A very small percentage of women (roughly 9%), will have experienced a more serious tear, classed as third or fourth degree tear. These types of tears can cause future challenges and problems. 

Could you be entitled to a fourth degree tear claim?
You could be entitled to a medical negligence claim under the following circumstances:

• You were not offered a caesarean section even though your labour was very lengthy.
• You were not offered a caesarean section even though your baby was in the ‘back to back’ position.
• Your tear was not repaired properly or within a reasonable amount of time.

If you believe you have experienced any of the above, please contact us to discuss whether you have grounds for a fourth degree tear claim. We don’t charge a thing for initial advice.


FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SPEAK TO ONE OF OUR FRIENDLY TEAM FOR YOUR FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION, PLEASE CALL 0117 239 8012 OR COMPLETE OUR ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM.


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