3M Combat Earplug Litigation

Trial Lawyers Assisting Victims in Jackson and Other Areas of Mississippi

3M Earplugs3M is a manufacturer and defense contractor with a long history of serving the military. It sold earplugs, among other things, as a form of protection for the ears of service members. However, these earplugs did not work for many people. The Jackson 3M earplug injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates are teaming up with other law firms to seek fair treatment and compensation for veterans who have suffered ear injuries, hearing loss, or tinnitus as a result of defects in 3M combat earplugs.

The Progress of 3M Combat Earplug Litigation

Private and whistleblower lawsuits have been filed, claiming that 3M sold defective Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the military from 2003 to 2015. These earplugs had dual ends and were standard issue for military service members during that time. However, it is believed that the defects in the earplugs caused significant hearing loss in some military service members, including combat veterans who had done tours in Iraq or Afghanistan, members who were stateside but fired weapons during their training, and personnel in the Navy and Air Force. These earplugs have been discontinued.

Former military members are suing 3M privately. One civil lawsuit filed in Texas claims that 3M knowingly designed, manufactured, and sold defective earplugs. The plaintiff was issued dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs while he was stationed in various places in Texas and Iraq, and when he returned home from his Iraq deployment, he had persistent ringing in his ears. As our Jackson 3M earplug injury attorneys are aware, many soldiers relied on 3M to provide appropriate earplugs to protect their ears. Instead, the lawsuit alleges, their lives have been permanently changed. The lawsuit alleges that 3M knew that there were issues with the earplugs when it sold them to United States military bases and service members. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the original developer of the earplugs, Aearo Technologies, and later 3M knew of the defect as early as 2000, prior to the company being acquired and before the company began providing earplugs to the military.

According to the lawsuit, the stem of the earplug is very short, which means that it cannot be inserted deeply into some or all ear canals. This defect may cause the earplug to loosen and sound to enter around the plug. The lawsuit also alleges that soldiers did not receive warnings or instructions on how to wear the earplugs to avoid this harm.

The lawsuit asks for damages, including past and future medical expenses, physical impairment, physical disfigurement, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of wages and earning capacity. The plaintiff in the lawsuit suffers from headaches and dizziness due to tinnitus. Our 3M earplug injury attorneys can help Jackson residents and other victims pursue damages if they are suffering from these symptoms.

In another civil lawsuit filed in Kansas City, an army veteran has alleged that his hearing was damaged due to the defective 3M combat earplugs as well. Similar lawsuits have been filed all over the country.

Whistleblower Lawsuits

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has stated that 52% of combat soldiers come home with severe or moderate hearing loss, and taxpayers pay around $1 billion to treat this problem. Whistleblower allegations were filed against 3M under the False Claims Act. The government claimed that 3M knew that the earplugs were too short to be properly inserted and properly working, and the earplugs were dangerously defective and contributed to substantial hearing loss in service members. The Department of Justice and 3M have agreed to settle for $9.1 million the allegations that 3M knowingly sold the defective earplugs to the military for over a decade without notifying them of the defects. There was no determination of liability in the settlement.

Consult a Skillful Product Liability Attorney in Mississippi

3M may have known about a design defect in its combat earplugs, but it did not disclose the design defect to the military when selling the earplugs. If you were military personnel and meet the qualifications for 3M Combat Earplug compensation, you should consult a 3M earplug injury lawyer at our Jackson firm. When you served in the military, you rightly expected that you would be adequately protected from sounds of gunfire and explosions. Our goal is to pursue fair treatment and compensation for injured veterans in and around Mississippi. Contact us at (877) 231-1600 or via our online form.

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