"WHAT'S THE PRICE YOU CAN PUT ON YOUR HEALTH BEING DESTROYED? SAYS SHINE LAWYERS MESH CLASS ACTION CLIENT, GAI THOMPSON. "APOLOGY ON MESH IS NOT ENOUGH FROM THE HEALTH MINISTER."
"Leading National law class-action law firm Shine lawyers are keen to work with government in establishing a register to identify women impacted by pelvic mesh devices, and the acknowledgment of the devastating pain and suffering these women have endured over many years," said Special Counsel, Class Actions, Rebecca Jancauskas.
The government's call for a national register to be established and an audit by states and territories of pelvic mesh will assist regulators, medical professionals and members of the public to better track outcomes from these devices.
"National registers of medical devices have proved extremely effective in identifying implants that are resulting in higher than average rates of failure."
"In the case of the DePuy ASR implants, the data that came out of the National Joint Replacement Registry helped to sound the alarm globally that these devices were not operating as they should, which led to their recall," said Jancauskas.
"We estimate there could be 8000 women across the country who have suffered complications from one of the pelvic mesh implants".
"We understand the incredible sensitivity of this issue and the difficulty that women have in coming forward to speak about the problems they have suffered, but joining a national register can help to ensure other women around the country are spared the agony that our clients have endured."
HOW A CLASS ACTION WORKS
The Mesh Class Action trial began on the 4th July 2017.
Registrations for the class action are still open.
For a limited period, the action remains open so all women affected by the product can register their interest. Women who do not come forward to register in the class action could lose their rights to recover compensation in the future.
Once the class action has closed, no more registrants will be allowed to join the class action.
Gai Thompson is a Shine Lawyers' class action member. She has heard of women across the country who have consistently been turned away by their general practitioners and specialists who have referred them or performed this surgery.
"I haemorrhaged and had multiple complications that my surgeon didn't even acknowledge" said Thompson.
While her surgeon has been unsupportive, she credits her GP for working with her on identifying the issue.
She believes the reason many women haven't even recognised that mesh is the cause of their pain is because they're doctors are turning them away and refusing 'accountability.'
"Surgeons aren't recording the adverse reactions, nor are they required to," she said.
"It's fine for the Health Minister to say he is sorry but even the health minister says tracking the pain 'is out of his jurisdiction.'...well how are you helping these women then?" implored Thompson.
"The bottom line is pharmaceutical companies are earning millions out of it. I want to know if the Health Minister would allow his mother, daughter or wife to have this surgery?"
"If the answer is no? Why is the product still on the market?" she urged.
"I've seen doctors, physios, psychologists and there is no help financially for that."
"A register is one element and why I've joined the class action is because I want to hold surgeons and the pharmaceutical companies to account. I desperately need the financial help that's owed to me as a result of struggling through the debilitating pain that this mesh has caused," said Thompson.
"This pain is not my choice. It has severely impacted my family. I'm unable to work or support my children."
"I have a friend who has had more than 27 hospital admissions since this surgery. She can't go on family holidays."
"We are watching our families' lives play out on the sideline because we can't afford to leave our sick beds. We can't work and can't cover the ongoing medical expenses of managing this unnecessary and preventable pain."
"We want to offer so much thanks to Senator Hinch for establishing the inquiry but a sorry from the Health Minister without substantial action is hollow."
"I'd urge any woman to seek the help they need. Doctors and health professionals are not enough. Get legal advice and join the class action. The Shine Lawyers class action is still open for women affected by Mesh and for women across the country. Effectively, this is the national register that the thousands of women across the country need to sign up for. It's still open for registrations and it's designed to help the many women around Australia who should join the class action, be compensated and raise awareness of this faulty product."
"What's the price you can put on your health being destroyed?" said Thompson.
"That's the amount the thousands of women across the country deserve for the pain they endure daily." said Thompson.
"It's in the media today but we live with these complications every day," she finished.
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