Are You Eligible To Be A Plaintiff In A 3M Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one served in the military and used 3M standard issue combat earplugs, you may have sustained hearing loss that should have been prevented by these devices. It was discovered that 3M knowingly sold defective earplugs to the United States military and made false claims about earplug testing and effectiveness. At Cannon Law, our 3M Combat Earplug attorneys want to discuss whether you may be entitled to compensation from 3M.
What Is the Problem With 3M Combat Earplugs?
In 2018, 3M settled the lawsuit filed against it under the False Claims Act by the US government. The case revolved around the fact that the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2) were found to be defective. The settlement amount totaled only $9.1 million, and none of that money was allocated to help servicemen and women injured due to these products.
These earplugs, originally developed by Aearo Technologies, have two inverted cones that are connected by a short stem. These two levels each provide different levels of protection for hearing, but it was discovered that the stem was too short and kept the earplugs from functioning properly. Documents show that the manufacturers of this product knew about this problem as early as the year 2000, but still chose to sell the products to the US military.
How to Know If You Were Affected by 3M Earplugs?
There were an estimated two million pairs of the defective 3M Combat Earplugs used by servicemen and women in the military as well as contractors overseas. In most cases, those affected were deployed in combat zones, but these earplugs were also used during training. You may have a claim if you or loved one:
- Served in the military or a contractor for the military from 2001 to 2016.
- Used the standard issue military earplugs provided by the respective service branches.
- Were diagnosed with any hearing-related injuries.
- Are currently suffering from hearing-related injury symptoms.
Are You Eligible for a Lawsuit?
As of this writing, there have been hundreds of cases filed against 3M concerning their manufacturing of these defective earplugs. As more and more people become aware of the harm that they or a loved one may have sustained due to these defective products, more cases will likely arise. If you think you were affected by defective 3M Combat Earplugs, you should speak to a qualified Colorado product liability attorney about your case as soon as possible.
The team at Cannon Law will be able to conduct a thorough investigation into your case in order to determine the best steps moving forward. Our goal will be to secure any compensation you are entitled to for injuries caused by the negligence of 3M.
What Kind of Compensation Is Available?
There may be various types of compensation available to those who used standard-issue 3M Combat Earplugs and subsequently sustained hearing damage. At Cannon Law, we pledge to thoroughly investigate your case and work to obtain the following compensation on your behalf:
- Coverage of all medical expenses related to the hearing loss
- Compensation for lost wages or lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against 3M