In recent months, thousands of United States military veterans are filing lawsuits against 3M, the popular manufacturer of dual-ended combat arms earplugs. According to the claims, the government-contracted earplug manufacturing company had a design flaw that affected how the earplugs fit in the ear canal. Because of this defect, soldiers were not protected from dangerous levels of noise that occurred during various training and combat missions. The defective earplugs were sold to the military from 2003 to 2015, so if you served in the Marine Corps, Army, National Guard, or Reserves during this time frame and have experienced hearing loss or other ear related problems, you may be able to file a lawsuit.
What You Should Know About Defective 3M Arms Earplugs
These double-ended earplugs were designed and manufactured with the intention of allowing those in the military to choose either side of the earplug to use, based on the situation. One side is ideal for noises such as indoor range shooting whereas the other side helps reduce the noise of hunting, tactical ops, and outdoor range shooting. According to court documents, the design defect is that the earplug is not long enough to fit snugly into the ear canal. Because of this flaw, the earplugs easily loosened and made their way out of the ear, putting the military service member at risk.
Many of the veterans filing suit right now have experienced tinnitus and mild to severe hearing loss. 3M allegedly knew about the defect and provided them to the military anyway. After the U.S. government learned of this, they settled with 3M for $9.1 million dollars.
What Are the Risks of 3M Arms Earplugs?
Military service members and veterans have made note of a handful of symptoms and side effects after wearing 3M Combat Arms earplugs, such as:
● Mild to severe hearing loss
● Hearing damage
● Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
If you have experienced any of these symptoms after wearing 3M Combat Arms earplugs, please contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our experienced defective product attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have and help you understand your rights.
Have You Experienced Any Symptoms from Defective Earplugs?
Although the 3M Combat Arms earplugs have been discontinued, the effects of their inadequacy are still being felt today. If you, like the thousands of other military veterans, have experienced hearing loss or damage as a result of wearing these earplugs, you may be able to receive compensation. Our lawyers are prepared to pursue 3M in order to seek compensation on your behalf. To learn more about these lawsuits or if you would like to take action, please contact Atkins & Markoff today to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for the following:
● Pain and suffering
● Lost wages
● Medical bills
● Temporary or permanent disability
● Punitive damages
If you were given 3M earplugs while serving in the military between 2003 and 2015, please contact Atkins & Markoff today.