3M Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit
Were you deployed in an active war zone from 2003 to 2015? Did you wear dual-sided Combat Arms Earplugs™(CAEv2)? If you were diagnosed with or are suffering from tinnitus or hearing loss as a result, you could be owed significant compensation.
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You may or may not be aware that 3M, the U.S.-based defense contractor recently agreed to pay millions of dollars for knowingly selling defective earplugs to the U.S. military. The company admitted that its dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs (usually in yellow and black, but other colors were possible as well), had a serious design defect that caused them to loosen undetectably while being worn. This defect allowed dangerous sound levels to enter the ear canal and harm the hearing of the military members who wore them.
These earplugs were issued to millions of servicemen and servicewomen from 2003 to 2015, and countless individuals may have suffered severe hearing loss as a result. If you served in any active branch of the military and suffered hearing loss due to wearing these specific earplugs, the military hearing loss attorneys of Williams Kherkher want to talk to you.
We firmly believe that defense contractors have a strong duty to manufacture and deliver equipment that protects our servicemembers from harm, not endanger their health. When a manufacturer like 3M fails to protect those who were charged with protecting us all, we’ll be there to take swift and decisive legal action. Contact us to learn about your rights and legal options through a 100% FREE consultation by calling (713) 230-2240 or reaching out to us online now.
I Wore These Earplugs in Action: Was My Hearing Put at Risk?
The stem of the dual-sided Combat Arms Earplugs™(CAEv2) was too short to be inserted deep enough into the user’s ears properly. This caused them to loosen slightly on many soldiers, without them ever noticing that they were dislodged. As a result, some soldiers were exposed to dangerous sound levels because of displaced earplugs.
If you suffered hearing loss or are experiencing tinnitus and you know that you wore these earplugs during the specified period, the manufacturer could owe you compensation for the harm you suffered. Soldiers who engaged in foreign conflicts could have been exposed to dangerous sound levels.
Be sure to turn to an experienced 3M defective earplug attorney to learn more about your rights.
What Did 3M Know?
According to a July 2018 press release from the Department of Justice, 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve claims that it knowingly sold the defective earplugs to the U.S military without disclosing the defects that diminished the devices’ effectiveness. According to the DOJ, the company was aware of the flaws since 2000, yet it continued to sell these selective attenuation earplugs to the military.
According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs statistics, there has been a notable increase in hearing loss and tinnitus claims from vets. This could mean that the safety of millions of our country’s servicemembers was discounted in favor of corporate profits.
While the St. Paul, Minnesota company has paid the government back for its fraudulent actions, it has not yet reimbursed military servicemembers whose hearing was damaged due to the defective earplugs.
Our attorneys are standing by to help you get the full and fair compensation that you deserve if you suffered harm due to 3M’s willful negligence.
Did You Suffer Hearing Loss Due to Defective Military Earplugs? We Are Here to Help.
Hearing loss caused by dangerous battlefield sound levels is a serious issue that impacts countless U.S. soldiers. When that hearing loss was caused by a negligent defense contractor and could have been prevented, it is natural to feel anger and demand answers.
The defective military earplug attorneys of Williams Kherkher are here to get you the answers and justice that you deserve. You fought for our freedom, so let us fight for your health and your family’s wellbeing. Our aggressive trial attorneys have nearly four decades of experience holding some of the largest companies in the world accountable for the harm they’ve caused others, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you.
Help is just a phone call away. Our knowledgeable attorneys are standing by to help you. To schedule a FREE consultation to discuss your rights and what compensation you could be entitled to, call us at (713) 230-2240 or reach out to us online. We won’t charge you anything unless we win money for you, so contact us now.