U.S. military service members are exposed to numerous risks and should be able to rely on the safety of their equipment to protect them. Unfortunately, for military service members who used certain Combat Arms™ earplugs, this was not the case. Hundreds of thousands have suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, and other complications and injuries, even though they wore earplugs.
3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEV2) had two sides – yellow and green – which could be worn to either significantly reduce or block out noise. The manufacturer promised the military that the Combat Arms™ earplugs would meet specific performance criteria established by the U.S. government to protect service members from noise-induced hearing loss.
However, the Combat Arms™ earplugs had a dangerous design defect that caused them to loosen in the wearer’s ear, allowing damaging sounds to enter the ear canal and cause harm. The manufacturer knew about this design defect, but never told the U.S. government or U.S. soldiers. In fact, 3M has already agreed to pay the U.S. military $9.1 million to resolve claims that it knowingly sold the Combat Arms™ earplugs without disclosing a defect that could seriously injure U.S. service members.
If you or a loved one was an active member of the U.S. military between January 1, 2003 and January 1, 2016, used two-sided combat earplugs, and suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, symptoms such as ringing, humming, buzzing, vertigo, or nausea, or other complications, then you may be able to seek compensation and hold 3M accountable.
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