3M Ear Plugs Are Causing Our Military Irreversible Hearing Damage
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If you have used 3M brand dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs, you may be eligible to receive compensation for related medical bills due to temporary or permanent hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing of the ears) and more. Contact us immediately for a FREE consultation with the Parrish Law Firm.
Currently there are hundreds of military veterans filing lawsuits against 3M for partial or permanent auditory damage. Minnesota-based 3M knowingly sold their Combat Arms earplugs to the United States government though they were not up to military standards. The manufacturer also failed to warn users of the defect in these earplugs. Documents regarding 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs, which became standard issue earplugs for the American military, have found that employees of the manufacturer were aware of the defect in the earplugs as early as 2000. As of 2017, tinnitus (ringing of the ears) and hearing loss are the top two military service-based disabilities for which veterans are receiving compensation.
If you or a loved one has been affected by 3M’s failure to disclose their product’s flaws, contact us immediately at (571) 229 – 1800 or here.
“Due to the widespread damage caused to veterans by 3M’s actions, these cases are just the tip of the iceberg of lawsuits that will be filed in order to hold 3M accountable,” Mo Aziz, one of the attorneys involved the 3M lawsuit, said in a statement. (from www.MilitaryTimes.com)
Though this case was deemed as resolved, veterans are still able to file their claim against 3M for punitive damages related to gross negligence leading to hearing loss.
Though 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs have been discontinued, they were sold to the United States government until 2015, which means there could still be many American soldiers using these earplugs. In order to protect your loved ones, we recommend spreading this information to military friends, families and veterans.
“3M essentially manipulated test results to make their Combat Arms earplugs seem safe for use when in fact they were far from safe. This resulted in 3M unfairly and unethically causing heroes that served our military potentially irreversible hearing loss.” – James Parrish, Esquire, the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC
As of 2018, 3M has agreed to pay out $9.1 million in settlements for claiming that their earplugs were safe for use when they very much were not.
What Was the Design Flaw?
After looking further into 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs, researchers have found that the earplugs were designed too short. Because of this, the earplugs fit loosely, shifting and rendering themselves as faulty and essentially useless when soldiers moved through military zones and war grounds.
3M let our military suffer for using products they manipulated to seem safe for combat environments. If you or a loved one has been affected by 3M’s unwillingness to come forward regarding their Combat Arms earplugs’ faults, we urge you to contact us so we can assist you in receiving deserved compensation for tinnitus or hearing loss. You can reach us at (571) 229 – 1800 or here for a FREE consultation.