Product liability lawsuits are being filed on behalf of military veterans and service members across the country who allegedly used defective combat earplugs manufactured by 3M Company and subsequently suffered hearing loss, tinnitus and other hearing-related medical conditions. According to allegations raised in the lawsuits, 3M Company and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies Inc., knowingly sold defective dual-ended combat arms earplugs to the United States military for more than a decade, without disclosing design defects that prevented the earplugs from providing adequate hearing protection. If you or a loved one served in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015, used dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, and subsequently suffered hearing loss or another hearing problem, you should speak to a knowledgeable product liability lawyer as soon as possible to find out if you are eligible to file a defective combat earplugs lawsuit against 3M.
The defective combat arms earplugs at the heart of the litigation against 3M were originally manufactured by Aearo Technologies, which won an exclusive contract to supply military earplugs to the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency in 2003, and when 3M acquired Aearo in 2008, it also assumed all of the company’s liabilities, the lawsuits against 3M claim. According to reports, the defective combat arms earplugs were sold to the military for more than 10 years, without the design defect being disclosed, which put thousands of service members and veterans at an unnecessary risk for hearing loss and other hearing-related problems. A growing number of lawsuits are being filed against 3M over hearing problems allegedly caused by the defective earplugs, and these lawsuits allege that 3M and/or Aearo:
Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the United States, and hearing loss and tinnitus are the Department of Veteran Affairs’ two most prevalent service-related disabilities, with more than 2.5 million cases annually. Unfortunately, it turns out that the earplugs that were standard-issue for members of the U.S. military from 2003 to 2015 failed to provide the critical noise cancelling protection they were meant to. A least a dozen individual lawsuits have already been filed against 3M and thousands more are expected to be filed in the coming months and years, as military veterans and service members learn that their hearing loss and other hearing problems may have been caused by defective earplugs. If you believe you may have suffered hearing loss from defective combat arms earplugs, contact our consumer advocates at Consumer Justice Foundation today. We are committed to protecting the rights of those harmed by defective products and we can help put you in touch with an experienced product liability lawyer who can determine whether you qualify for a defective combat earplugs lawsuit.