Between 2003 and 2015, the United States Military utilized 3M Combat Arms Earplugs (Version 2 – CAEv2) while in combat. Studies have found that veterans and active members of the military who relied on these products experienced significant hearing loss due to the products being defective.
If you served in the United States military during this time and utilized 3M earplugs, you may have legal options available to help you recover. Our mass tort lawyers at Rebein Brothers are currently evaluating claims for potential clients who have been affected as a result of using these products. Contact our law firm at your earliest convenience to discuss your case and the legal options available for you.
About the 3M Earplug Lawsuit
The multinational conglomerate company 3M, based in Minnesota, USA, has an extensive history of providing military soldiers with earplugs to use while in combat. The company designed specific earplugs for soldiers that were intended to block out loud blasts during use. However, they were to provide soldiers with the ability to continue hearing orders that were provided to them.
Later evaluations found that the 3M Company failed to notify the government of the United States that some of the earplugs provided to them for use were defective. As a result, countless military soldiers began experiencing partial or complete hearing loss. Due to the fact that 3M failed to notify the government of the issues associated with the use of the products, countless people suffered irreversible damages. We strongly believe that all veterans and active-duty military personnel deserve fair and timely compensation for the hardships they face as a result of the 3M Company’s failure to act.
How Did the 3M Earplugs Cause Harm to Users?
The earplugs that were designed and offered by 3M were intended to block out extremely loud noises that are known to cause hearing loss. At the same time, they were to allow users to listen to commands given to them by their superiors. However, the earplugs contained a flow that centered on the fact that the design of the earplugs was symmetrical. Due to the design structure, the earplugs could loosen unintentionally and allow sound to enter the ear. The product failed to maintain a tight seal that would have prevented this from happening while inside the ear.
As a result of the defect, the loud noises passed through without the users realizing it. This ultimately led to the hearing loss of some military personnel. Not only did they experience some degree of hearing loss, but many people experienced tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ear. Military personnel who experienced hearing loss or tinnitus should reach out to a mass tort lawyer as soon as possible to explore the legal options available for them.
How Can I File a Lawsuit surrounding 3M Earplugs?
If you were a veteran between 2003 and 2015, or you are a current active-duty member of the military, you may have legal options available to help you recover compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as various other damages you face. In order to recover, you must meet certain criteria to file a lawsuit. The specified criteria include:
- You must have been a member of the military between 2003 and 2015
- You must have used 3M earplugs that were provided by the United States government to soldiers and military personnel
- You must have been diagnosed with tinnitus at or around the time of discharge from the military or you must have experienced a hearing loss that resulted in an impairment rating being used by the US Department of Veterans Affairs
If you meet these criteria, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover the damages you face moving forward. It is essential that you seek legal guidance from our mass tort lawyers at Rebein Brothers as soon as possible. Our team will meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss your case and the potential legal options available to help you get justice for your injuries and damages.
Recoverable Damages from a 3M Earplug Lawsuit
If you have suffered injuries as a result of using defective 3M earplugs, you may have legal options available to help you recover compensation. Our team at Rebein Brothers is committed to helping injured parties maximize their recoveries for various damages they face moving forward. Some of the potential damages you count recover compensation for include:
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Lost wages from having to take time off work to recover from illnesses or injuries
- Lost earnings for injured parties who are forced out of work indefinitely due to the consequences they face from the use of the product
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Medical expenses victims face due to treating resulting illnesses or injuries
If you have suffered hearing loss and other injuries due to the use of 3M earplugs during combat, contact our mass tort lawyers as soon as possible to discuss the legal options available for you. Our legal team can help you by investigating your case, reviewing your medical records, and taking appropriate actions toward getting you the justice you deserve. Do not wait to protect your legal rights. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to get started.
We Will Fight to Get You the Justice You Deserve
If you have experienced hearing loss or other adverse effects following the use of 3M earplugs during combat, you may have legal options available to help you recover. Our mass tort attorneys at Rebein Brothers are committed to helping each client we work with get the justice they deserve. Our team has extensive experience with handling some of the most complex claims surrounding mass torts across the nation. We strive to help our clients hold wrongdoers accountable and get the justice they deserve.
Contact our personal injury lawyers by calling (813) 305-7285 at your earliest convenience. Our team is available to meet with you to discuss your case and the legal options available to help you recover.