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What women are claiming for in the J&J and Coloplast Class Action

Pelvic Mesh Devices are implanted for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (“POP”) and stress urinary incontinence (“SUI”). POP is a medical condition in which the tissue supporting the pelvic organs weakens, causing these pelvic organs to bulge down against the vagina or to push past the vaginal opening. SUI occurs when pelvic support structures to the bladder and urethra are damaged or weakened, resulting in urine involuntarily leaking from the urethra during physical activities such as coughing, sneezing, exercising or laughing.

These pelvic mesh devices come in different forms and are surgically inserted inside the human body to support and strengthen the surrounding weakened tissue. Commonly, pelvic mesh devices are made wholly or partially from polypropylene, which the class action alleges is not a biocompatible material as a permanent implant in the human body. The lack of biocompatibility has resulted in an increased side-effect profile, including but not limited to degradation of the mesh over time, chronic inflammatory reactions from the body, constant pain, recurrence of the POP or SUI, and excessive scar tissue that entraps nerves.


RH Lawyers Inc. (“RHL”) and Richard Spoor Inc. (“RSI”) have launched class action proceedings in South Africa against Johnson & Johnson, Coloplast and various other associated manufacturers and distributors of pelvic mesh, on behalf of class members who are and/or were implanted with defective pelvic mesh devices.


The class action proceedings launched by RHL and RSI, enable South African woman that have been implanted with pelvic mesh and suffered an injury as a result thereof, to claim compensation for the harm suffered, without having to bring an individual lawsuit. The types of harm that can generally be claimed are general damages for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, as well as loss of income resulting from the injury suffered.


The class action further includes a claim for psychological injuries sustained by those in a close personal relationship with a primary class member, where these psychological injuries are a result of the injuries sustained by the primary class member.


If you or a loved one has suffered adverse complications after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant or undergoing revision surgery to remove mesh, contact RH Lawyers as soon as possible by visiting, or via the methods listed below:


Calling 087 188 2698; or sending a please call me or WhatsApp to

062 9739224


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