3M Earplug Lawsuit
Military service men and women have a right to expect reliable, effective
safety equipment during training and while on active duty. Unfortunately,
the military recently discovered that the 3M combat earplugs they had
been using for many years were defective, leading to countless permanent
hearing injuries. If you served in the military between 2003 and 2015
and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, you may be eligible to receive
compensation from 3M.
Defective 3M Combat Earplugs
The 3M earplugs were designed to block out the harmful sounds from loud
blasts while still allowing soldiers in close range to communicate. Yet,
it has been recently revealed that the design of the 3M earplugs prevented
them from staying secure and performing their intended purpose. As a result,
3M’s combat earplugs were significantly less effective against loud
sounds, such as gunfire and explosives, resulting in preventable hearing
loss for veterans.
A whistleblower recently came forward alleging that, for more than a decade,
3M had been selling its combat earplugs to the U.S. military with the
knowledge that they were defective. The U.S. Department of Justice intervened
in the whistleblower lawsuit. In its answer, 3M admitted that the earplugs
had been tested in 2000 and that the test came back with a noise reduction
rating of 0, meaning 3M’s combat ear plugs had no noise reduction
benefits. 3M agreed to pay the United States $9.1 million to settle the
lawsuit. Now, in an effort to seek compensation and justice for the harm
they suffered, we are representing military members across the country
and filing individual lawsuits against 3M company for their negligence.
Veterans in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont
At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., we are passionate about fighting for the
rights of the injured. Since 1981, we have worked tirelessly to ensure
our clients receive the legal representation they need and deserve. If
you have suffered tinnitus or hearing loss after using 3M earplugs, contact
us now. Our firm is prepared to help you stand up against 3M and fight
for compensation for your injuries.