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Prolapse Mesh Class Actions

If you have suffered side effects because of a faulty mesh implant, the impacts on your life can be permanent and devastating. You may be able to join a class action against the manufacturer and distributor of the product, and claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss.


Shine Lawyers' Class Actions department are currently handling two separate actions for faulty mesh implants - the Johnson & Johnson Class Action and the AMS Class Action. If you believe you have been impacted by one of these products, or simply want more information on one of our mesh class actions, get in touch with Shine Lawyers today.

Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon Mesh Class Action

Shine Lawyers has commenced a class action against Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd and Ethicon for faulty vaginal mesh and tape implants that have had devastating impacts on thousands of women across Australia.

The trial against Johnson & Johnson began in Sydney on 4 July 2017, is the largest women’s health action of its kind in Australian history. Shine Lawyers has brought the action on behalf of all women across the country who have received the implants and suffered complications.

On 21 November 2019 Federal Court Judge Anna Katzmann found in favour of the brave Australian women affected by these implants. This victory has been a long journey towards justice for Australian women left devastated by these products.

The Federal Court ordered that women who wish to participate in a settlement must have completed a Claimant Registration Form by 4:00PM on Thursday 9 April 2020. Although Registrations for a settlement in this class action have closed, you may still be able to join the class action for the purpose of a Court assessment process.

Please contact Shine Lawyers today to discuss your options.

Or to find out more, head to the Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon Class Action page.

American Medical Systems Mesh Class Action

Shine Lawyers' Class Actions department are currently also running a class action against American Medical Systems (AMS), another manufacturer of mesh and tape implants supplied in Australia. The AMS implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, but have left many Australian women with severe complications.

If you believe you have received an AMS implant and wish to join the class action, contact Shine Lawyers today and we will investigate your claim.


Common Questions

The Mesh implants are used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).

The Tape or Sling Implants are used to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).

Many women have suffered serious complications because of faulty mesh and tape implants.

Complications can include the following:

  • a chronic inflammatory reaction of the tissues surrounding the implants, which is affected by conditions which affect the immune response and healing, including autoimmune and connective tissue disorders;
  • extrusion or erosion of the mesh into surrounding organs, including the vaginal wall, bladder or urethra;
  • infection;
  • chronic pain;
  • pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia);
  • abstinence from sexual intercourse (apareunia);
  • difficulty voiding;
  • offensive vaginal discharge;
  • de novo or recurrent urinary incontinence;
  • damage to surrounding organs, nerves, ligaments, tissue and/or blood vessels;
  • haemorrhage;
  • leg weakness;
  • psychiatric injury;
  • the need for re-operation or revision surgery associated with complications;
  • the need to remove the implant or part of the implant;
  • complications associated with the removal of the implanted device or part of the implanted device, which might prove difficult or impossible, including aggravation of existing complications;
  • difficulty defecating; and
  • recurrence of prolapse.

The short answer is no, however the manufacturers have ceased supplying many of the mesh implants and some tape implants.

You may be angry or disappointed in your doctor and feel that they should have known the mesh was defective. You may also feel that your doctor was slow to respond to the side-effects you were experiencing.

While these feelings are completely valid, legally they don’t amount to negligence on the part of your doctor.

Because of this, our legal team has made the decision to pursue claims against the manufacturers rather than the doctors who prescribed them.

The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on your injuries and whether they are ongoing however you may be able to claim for:

  • Pain and suffering as well as loss of enjoyment of life
  • Past and future loss of earnings
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Paid care and help such as nurses, gardeners, etc.
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

The amount you will be able to claim will depend on the particular facts of your situation.

Once we have put together all of the evidence we should be able to give you a better idea of what to expect.

Participating in the mesh class actions will not expose you to any out of pocket costs.

All costs will be borne by Shine Lawyers and in the event of a successful outcome, any costs payable to Shine Lawyers will be deducted from, and will not exceed, any compensation you may be entitled to.

Where you are located isn't necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a legal expert. Shine Lawyers have offices in the following locations, but as part of our service offering, home or hospital appointments can be arranged if you are too sick or injured to come into the office.

Shine Lawyers have expert No Win No Fee lawyers that can advise you on your rights and ability to make a class action claim. The below links contain further information regarding your legal options.

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