Is your hearing damaged by defective 3M earplugs at Ft. Jackson SC, while deployed or at another Military Base?
Department of Justice announces a $9.1 Million Settlement in defective 3M Earplugs Lawsuit.
On July 26, 2018, 3M Company agreed a $9.1 million settlement of the 3M earplug lawsuit to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the dual-ended Combat Arms 3M Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the United States Military without disclosing the defects with the effectiveness of the 3 M earplug hearing protection device. Further, the United States Department of Justice alleges that 3M earplugs, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., did not disclose the defects to the military and that they knew that the CAEv2 could not be properly inserted and that the earplugs could loosen undetectably. Hence, this led to poor performance for certain individuals. The lawsuits were brought under a qui tam, or whistleblower, provision of the False Claims Act. As a result, the government settlement deals only in terms of the allegations, in other words, there was no determination of liability at hat will have to be proven in court..
What is the 3M Earplug Lawsuit about?
3M Combat Arms Military Ear Plugs were designed to meet the unique demands of the U.S. military Armed Forces and were designed specifically for combat. These 3M earplugs come in two versions and were used to protect protection to the individual wearer at 190 dBP for at least 100 exposures. This range includes the loudest weapons within the military inventory, which includes shoulder-fired rockets. The first version is a 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ earplugs. The second version is the Single-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs, which were deployed in Rapid Fielding Initiatives, and came in three different sizes. In summary, both 3M earplug versions claim that there was dual-protection design, which allows the wearer to hear low-level sounds, such as conversion or footsteps, in open/weapons fire mode, while also, diminishing constant noise, such as aircraft or armored vehicles, without hear-through, in closed/constant protection mode. The first version of the 3M earplug became an issue of litigation in July 2018.
3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuits
Soldiers, who have been exposed to combat were at a heightened risk of being exposed to damaging noises, such as gunfire, during their deployment. The earplugs that are issued to soldiers are extremely important in preventing medical hearing loss and tinnitus, which is currently the leading cause of service-related military disability affecting United States service veterans. Also, the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, was a standard issue for the military from 2003 through 2015, and during that time, there were millions distributed to combat soldiers across the globe.
As part of the military 3m earplug lawsuit settlement, the whistleblower, in this case, received $1.9 million, and the remaining 7.2 million went to the federal government. Therefore, none of the 3 M earplugs settlement is set aside to compensate veterans with hearing loss or tinnitus, who suffered hearing loss or tinnitus because of the defective nature of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. As a result, military service veterans who are suffering from symptoms of hearing loss may have a claim for substantial financial compensation available in addition to their military disability or service benefits. Contact the Strom Law Firm at 803-252-4800 for a free consultation.
Combat Military Service Operations That May Have A 3M Earplugs Lawsuit:
- The war in Iraq (2003- 2011)
- Liberia (2003)
- Georgia and Djibouti (2003)
- Haiti (2004)
- War on Terror – Georgia, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Eritrea (2004)
- The war in North-West Pakistan (2004-Present)
- Pakistan (2005-2006)
- Lebanon (2006)
- The war in Somalia (2007-2013)
- Operation Ocean Shield in the Indian Ocean (2009 – 2016)
- Yemen (2010 – Present)
- Operation New Dawn (2010- 2011)
- American-led intervention in Libya (2011)
- Uganda (2011- Present)
- Jordan (2012)
- Turkey (2012)
- Chad (2012)
- Mali (2013)
- American-led intervention in Iraq (2014 – 2017)
- American-led intervention in Syria (2014 to present)
- Yemeni Civil War (2015 to present)
- American Intervention in Libya (2015 to present)
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In conclusion, if you believe that your hearing was probably affected due to the defective 3M dual-ended combat earplugs, please call us today at 803-252-4800 or reach us online. If you are unsure what type or brand of earplugs you were issued during deployment, we can help. Contact the experienced South Carolina veterans hearing loss attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and how we can help.