3M Military Earplug Lawsuit – You May be Entitled to Compensation
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If you are a U.S. veteran who was issued 3M Combat Arms Earplugs (Version 2 CAEv.2) between 2003-2015 and you’ve suffered hearing loss or tinnitus, our Maine personal injury lawyers can help you hold 3M accountable through a lawsuit and get you maximum financial compensation. Since 1974, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein has helped injured Mainers recover over $500 million and is committed to getting clients the outcome they deserve. See what an experienced Maine personal injury attorney can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation. We have seven offices conveniently located in Sanford, Biddeford, Portland, Windham, Lewiston, Augusta, and Bangor.
American soldiers who were deployed in combat zones such as Afghanistan or Iraq between 2003-2015 may have been issued defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs that slowly came loose from the ear and unknowingly allowed harmful combat noise to enter the ear canal and cause damage. Thousands of U.S. veterans who used these faulty dual-end earplugs have sustained hearing loss or tinnitus, which is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears.
In 2018, 3M settled a $9.1 million False Claims Act lawsuit with the U.S. Government after the government claimed 3M sold the earplugs to the U.S. military despite being aware the earplugs had a design defect that allowed them to gradually come loose from the ear. Now, veterans who suffered harm due to the reckless actions of 3M are coming forward to hold the company accountable through legal action so that they can get the compensation they’re entitled to.
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The military earplugs produced by 3M and issued to active military members from 2003-2015 were designed to provide hearing protection in two ways. Worn one way, and all noise with the exception of lower-level sounds – such as speech – would be blocked out. Worn the other way and all noise, including the harmful sound of gunfire and explosions, would not be allowed to enter the soldier’s ear canal.
Sadly, 3M’s earplugs were too short due to a design defect, which allowed them to come loose from the ear and expose the soldier to damaging combat noise – causing hearing loss or tinnitus.
Common symptoms of hearing loss include:
- Hearing muffled or distorted sounds
- Difficulty hearing speech
- Temporary hearing loss that seems to restore after 48 hours
- Having to increase the volume on the TV or other devices
Common symptoms of tinnitus include:
- Ringing, roaring, buzzing, hissing, humming, or clicking sounds in the ear
- Problems concentrating
- Difficulty hearing external sounds
- Sleep problems
- Irritability, anxiety, depression
- Loss of memory
If you were issued 3M Combat Arms Earplugs and sustained hearing loss or tinnitus, our Maine personal injury lawyers want to speak with you. You may be entitlted to compensation for your medical expenses – including cost of future care and medical devices such as hearing aids – lost wages, pain, suffering, and more.
Our personal injury attorneys can listen to you, answer your questions, explain your legal options, and help you figure out what steps to take to get the highest amount of compensation possible. Best of all, if we don’t produce results then you pay us nothing. That’s because we work on a contingency fee basis. No recovery, no fee – it’s that easy. Learn how the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation.