In 2018, a lawsuit was filed against the earplug manufacturer 3M. The lawsuit alleged that 3M had sold defective earplugs to the United States military between 2003 and 2015. The earplugs could loosen enough to allow damaging sound levels to enter the ear canal. This caused hearing loss and tinnitus. The lawsuit alleged that 3M knowingly provided these faulty earplugs to the military. They were forced to pay over $9 million in a false claims suit.
About 3M Combat Arms Earplugs
3M manufactured a specific line of earplugs just for use in the military, known as Combat Arms Earplugs. Combat Arms Earplugs were intended to protect armed soldiers from the damaging sounds of firearms and loud impacts. However, these supposed heavy-duty earplugs could loosen just slightly enough to let damaging levels of sound in, causing hearing loss and tinnitus. It is alleged that 3M knew about these defects and provided the earplugs to the military nonetheless.
Dangers of Faulty 3M Combat Arms Earplugs
So, if you’re wearing earplugs to protect your ears from loud noises, you expect them to work and do not often think about the dangers of them not working. The 3M Combat Arms Earplugs have affected numerous service people, veterans, and military contractors in the following ways: permanent hearing loss, tinnitus or ringing in the ears, hearing damage, and deafness. Any of these conditions may put them out of a job and surely affects the quality of their lives.
What Should I Do if a Loved One or I Was Affected?
If you or a loved one in the military were affected by these defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, you might be curious about what courses of action you can take to get justice. It’s important to know that because these defective earplugs were distributed knowingly by 3M, they were negligent. That means that you could be eligible for costs associated with medical expenses from your hearing damage. You can also get compensated for your loss of wages and pain and suffering. Contact an attorney in your area who is knowledgeable about the 3M case to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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