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 <a href="/blog/class-actions/what-is-a-class-action/">class action</a> 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 distinct actions for faulty mesh implants - the Johnson & Johnson Class Action and the AMS Class Action. If you believe you may have been impacted by one of these products, or simply want more information on prolapse mesh class actions, get in touch with Shine Lawyers today.
Johnson & Johnson Mesh Class Action
Shine Lawyers has commenced a class action against Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd and Ethicon for faulty vaginal mesh implants that have had devastating impacts on thousands of women across Australia.
The trial against Johnson & Johnson Medical for its vaginal mesh implants begun in Sydney on 4 July 2017, and is one of the largest of its kind in Australian history. Shine Lawyers has brought the action on behalf of nearly 8,000 women across the country who have received the implants and suffered devastating, irreparable complications.
If you believe you have been impacted by a Johnson & Johnson mesh implant, it is not too late to join the class action and seek compensation for your suffering. Contact a member of Shine Lawyers' Class Actions department today, and we will begin investigations on your behalf.
American Medical Systems Mesh Class Action
Shine Lawyers' Class Actions department are currently investigating a class action against American Medical Systems (AMS), the manufacturers of mesh and tape implants. 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 have received an AMS implant and wish to join the class action, contact Shine Lawyers today and we will investigate your claim.
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Common questions about Prolapse mesh class actions
Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare mesh implants are used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).
POP occurs when the tissue that holds the pelvic organs in place becomes weak, usually from pregnancy and childbirth.
When POP occurs, the organs bulge into the vagina and sometimes past through the vaginal opening.
Gynecare mesh implants can be used to treat POP by reinforcing the weakened vaginal wall.
Many women have suffered serious complications because of faulty mesh implants.
Medical professional Dr Richard Reid believes that synthetic mesh implants carry a 20% rate of complications and can include the following:
- Organ perforation
- Recurrent prolapse
- Vaginal scarring/shrinkage
- Painful/uncomfortable intercourse
- Urinary problems
Mesh erosion, also called mesh extrusion, occurs when the rough edges of the synthetic mesh cuts through the vaginal lining and nearby organs.
In some cases, even surgery cannot remove the mesh or repair the internal damage.
The complications with surgical mesh are not confined to just one brand.
Complaints have also been made about mesh implants produced by American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific and C.R. Bard.
These are some of the companies and the prolapse mesh implants they manufacture, distribute or sell.
- Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson – Gynecare mesh implants
- American Medical Systems – Perigee and Apogee mesh implants
Recently, on 2 August 2016, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a statement regarding urogynaecologist surgical mesh complications. The TGA believes complications involving pelvic devices are most likely under-reported and that some patients may not realise that their symptoms are associated with a mesh complication. The TGA has been monitoring mesh complications since 2008. The TGA statement can be accessed here.
The short answer is no, however the manufacturers have ceased supplying the following implants:
- GYNECARE PROLIFT Total, Anterior and Posterior Pelvic Floor Repair Systems;
- GYNECARE PROSIMA Anterior, Posterior and Combined Pelvic Floor Repair Systems;
- GYNECARE PROLIFT+M Total, Anterior and Posterior Pelvic Floor Repair Systems; and
- GYNECARE TVT SECUR System.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an announcement on 20 October 2008 advising of the serious complications associated with surgical mesh placed through the vagina to treat POP.
On 13 July 2012 the FDA issued an update advising that the serious complications associated with transvaginal mesh for POP repair were not rare.
On 4 June 2012 Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon announced it was voluntarily withdrawing the Gynecare mesh implant from the market.
In most cases, including the Gynecare mesh implant class action, doctors will not be liable for damages.
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.
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.
We work on a No win no fee basis and you’ll only pay our fee if you win your case at the end of the claim.
Your legal costs will be determined by the amount of work required to resolve your claim.
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.
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
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.
Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law in:
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