In 2018, company 3M settled a lawsuit with the United States government for $9.1 million. 3M manufactured earplugs, specifically the Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2), and sold them to the United States military. The lawsuit was brought under the False Claims Act and alleged that the combat earplugs were defective. It also alleged that 3M had known about the defect since 2000, leaving it undisclosed to the military and falsifying a certification that the earplugs complied with military standards.
3M’s settlement with the government does not cover damages to the military men, women and contractors who used these earplugs and suffered serious hearing-related ear injuries. United States servicemembers, veterans and military contractors who have been injured have the right to pursue compensatory damages against 3M.
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We do not know how many active servicemembers, veterans and military contractors have been injured by 3M’s earplugs. It is estimated that more than two million pairs of Combat Arms Earplugs were manufactured and sold to the military. The Combat Arms Earplugs were military standard issue between 2001 and 2016.
Many military personnel, veterans and military contractors have already filed claims against 3M for serious ear injuries. Whether you have a viable claim against 3M will depend on your specific situation. You could have a claim if you:
According to the Mayo Clinic, you may be suffering from hearing loss if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
Hearing loss is a serious injury. It can affect your everyday life, making it difficult to interact with others and leading to feelings of depression and isolation or even flashbacks to combat situations.
We recommend that you speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your injuries. Our Miami product liability lawyers can help you determine whether you have a viable claim and may be entitled to seek compensation.
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