The High Court of Australia has preserved the judgment of the Federal Court, which two years ago ruled in favour of thousands of women whose “lives were destroyed” by faulty pelvic mesh implants.
Speaking following today’s dismissal, Ms Jancauskas said: “Unfortunately for these women, there is no such thing as complete closure until these group members receive their individual compensation, which may take years as Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson intend to challenge and review each group member’s claim for compensation.”
“There are over 11,000 Australian women who are now entitled to bring individual claims for compensation and they may be fighting Johnson & Johnson for their compensation for many years to come.”
Former federal senator Derryn Hinch, who championed a 2018 Senate Inquiry into the number of women in Australia who have had transvaginal mesh implants and related matters, said that these proceedings have been “such an arduous and physically crippling journey for so many women for so long”.
“The latest court decision is welcomed and so justified,” he proclaimed.
“The transvaginal mesh public hearings were the most significant achievement when I was in the Senate. It was, and tragically still is, the biggest medical scandal in Australia since Thalidomide.”