3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs Litigation.
At the end of July 2018, The 3M Company, a manufacturing entity based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, agreed to pay $9.1 million in order to resolve allegations made against their defective Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2). The company knowingly sold defective earplugs to the U.S. military without any forewarning of the earplugs’ decreased effectiveness. Without earplugs that properly and safely protect the deafening sounds of weapons and other military equipment, many members of the military who used these earplugs are left with hearing problems. Through the enforcement of the False Claims Act, soldiers who used the CAEv2 on active duty that are suffering various hearing issues can file a lawsuit against 3M.
CAEv2 Earplugs’ Defect
The Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs were manufactured without enough length to properly lodge in the user’s ears. Consequently, the earplugs would slowly yet gradually loosen to the point that the plugs were no longer effective. Earplugs that were designed to insert fully into an ear canal and cancel out the loud noises around the user should not leave anyone with hearing problems.
Side-Effects of the Defective Earplugs
As a result of faulty earplug protection, many soldiers who used the CAEv2 earplugs during active duty between the years of 2003 and 2015 have filed lawsuits for their hearing-related problems. The most common hearing-related injuries include:
- Hearing Loss – Impaired hearing and partial deafness
- Loss of Balance – Inability to stay as balanced as before (The fluid and hair cells in the ear help send signals to the brain, and when damage is done to the ear it can throw off an individual’s overall balance)
- Tinnitus – Ongoing or repeated ringing in the ear
If you are experiencing anything similar to these side-effects after serving in the military and using the Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, you likely have a case.
Individuals of every kind suffer from the side-effects of something that wasn’t their fault and we want to protect these individuals, especially any of our troops. Military personnel put their lives on the line to protect our rights and freedom, and we want to make sure those rights and freedom are upheld. When a private contractor works with the government to supply them with goods, the dollars that taxpayers provide should be used on reliable products and not abused. To be a victim of defective earplugs while serving in the military, you have the right to push 3M Company to take responsibility and help you with any related problems.
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