The health lawyers at the Law Office of Conrad Curry were pleased to see the female victims of pelvic mesh win their landmark pelvic mesh class action against Johnson & Johnson.
The case involved more than 1,200 women who had the mesh surgically implanted and had gone on to suffer life changing, devastating complications.
Pelvic mesh was routinely used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, often caused by traumatic birth experiences.
Many women experienced complications which included severe chronic pain, erosion of the mesh into nearby organs (including the bowel), infection, painful sex, urinary incontinence, back pain, multiple further surgeries and psychological injuries.
Her Honour Katzmann J found that the risks associated with the pelvic mesh products had been minimised or not mentioned, when the companies involved had known that there were risks which could cause significant and serious harm. Her Honour noted that the risk of complications was not uncommon and particular complications were actually quite common.
Criticism was leveled at the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for approving the devices in Australia on the basis that they had been approved for use in the European Union without doing their own background checks.
The class action related to the Johnson and Johnson pelvic mesh. Many other types of pelvic mesh were also routinely used on women with similarly disastrous consequences. These types of mesh were not covered by the class action.
It is still possible to pursue a legal claim for compensation against the gynaecologist who implanted the mesh if you find that you have suffered negative consequences associated with pelvic mesh. Our experienced team are more than happy to answer any questions you might have in relation to a claim for pelvic mesh related injuries. It is important to bear in mind that time limits apply to personal injury claims in NSW, it is important to act promptly to protect your rights.