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Qualifications for 3M Combat Earplug Compensation

Jackson Attorneys Protecting the Rights of Military Service Members and Veterans

3M EarplugsProduct liability lawsuits are brought when a defect in a product causes injuries to a consumer or user of the product. If you are military personnel who served between 2002 and 2016, you used 3M combat earplugs, and you suffered hearing loss or tinnitus subsequent to use, you likely meet the qualifications for 3M combat earplug compensation. You should consult the Jackson 3M earplug injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates for advice on your potential claim.

Qualifications for 3M Combat Earplug Compensation

The company 3M agreed to settle claims of supplying the United States Defense Logistics Agency with defective earplugs for over $9 million. The military used the earplugs to protect military service members’ ears and hearing. Claims allege that 3M, as well as Aearo Technologies, knew that their Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) earplugs were not long enough. This meant that even though they could be placed inside the ear, they could also be loosened in some users’ ears. Therefore, these users would be exposed to the noise of explosions, aircraft, and gunfire, since the earplugs would not prevent the risk of injuries to the ear. It is believed that 3M was aware of the defects in the earplugs back in 2000, well before they were being used widely among service members.

These earplugs were used by service members who were working in Afghanistan and Iraq. They were initially designed by the company Aearo Technologies but sold to 3M, which built on the Aearo design. Since this problem was not disclosed to service members, many military service members were put at risk of experiencing hearing loss and harm to their ears.

Our attorneys may be able to help you sue in a product liability lawsuit if you lost your hearing or your ears were injured because 3M earplugs failed to work as they were supposed to work. There are certain qualifications for 3M combat earplug compensation that must be met. Crucially, you must be military personnel who served between 2002 and 2016. You must have used 3M combat arms earplugs. Subsequent to using those earplugs, you must have had some degree of hearing loss or tinnitus, and you must not have had any diagnosed hearing problem prior to entering the service.

Elements of a Product Liability Lawsuit

A product liability lawsuit hinges on proving that there was an actionable defect in a product and that the defect caused your injury. Defects that may support a lawsuit include marketing, manufacturing, and design defects. Generally, design defects exist in every specimen of the product because they are flaws in how a product was designed. For example, if the earplugs fail to account for the size of the ear and the looseness of the fit, this is probably a design defect. Manufacturing defects are one offs that occur while the product is being made. Marketing defects are often failures to warn. Most likely, the 3M claims will be based on design defects and perhaps also marketing defects.

If your lawyer can show that you are qualified to receive 3M combat earplug compensation and can establish a product liability claim against the manufacturer, you might be able to secure compensatory damages from the manufacturer for your tinnitus, hearing loss, and other ear injuries. Compensatory damages for ear injuries can include economic damages like medical bills and medical equipment, as well as noneconomic damages like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. To the extent that the manufacturer knew that there was a high risk that users of the earplugs would be injured, it may be possible to obtain punitive damages too.

Consult a Dedicated Jackson Attorney Following an Earplug Injury

If you were military personnel and meet the qualifications for 3M Combat Earplug compensation, you should consult an experienced attorney at our Jackson firm. At Coxwell & Associates, we handle claims related to 3M Combat Earplug compensation. We are teaming up with other law firms to try to get fair treatment and compensation for veterans injured by the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. Contact us at (877) 231-1600 or via our online form.

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