Suffering From Hearing Loss Due To Defective Combat Earplugs?
Did you serve in the military between the years 2003 - 2015?
Were you deployed to a combat zone during that time?
Have you been diagnosed with unilateral or bilateral hearing loss?
For over a decade, manufacturers sold defective combat earplugs to the U.S. military.
Our firm is reviewing cases on behalf of victims who may have lost their hearing due to defective combat earplugs.
What you need to know about Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2
Between the years 2003 - 2015, 3M knowingly sold the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 to the United States military without disclosing defects that hampered their effectiveness.
3M, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 were too short for proper insertion into users’ ears and that the earplugs could loosen imperceptibly and therefore not perform well for certain individuals. 3M didn’t disclose this design defect to the military.
In 2016, a whistleblower lawsuit was filed under the "False Claims Act" by a competing earplug manufacturer, Moldex Metric Inc. In the complaint, it was alleged that 3M and Aearo Technologies knew the Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 were defective but still set up fraud testing to comply with the US military standard that they promised when they accepted the order from the US military.
Read the federal whistleblower lawsuit here: United States ex rel. Moldex-Metric v. 3M Company, Case No. 3:16-cv-1533-MBS (D.S.C.).
Between 2003 – 2015, 3M supplied a maximum of 2.2 million earplugs to the US military, to use in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, as an exclusive supplier for the US military for earplugs. There were over 1.5 million military members deployed to US war zones during those years. So many service members may have been impacted by this dangerous product. We can help.
Learn more about your legal options
If you or a loved one was deployed to a combat zone during this time and used the Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, you may be eligible for financial compensation from 3M. In order to be eligible, you must have been diagnosed with hearing loss (whether in one or both ears) but not have any of the following conditions: Waardenburg syndrome, Branchiootorenal syndrome, Stickler syndrome, Usher syndrome, Pendred syndrome, Alport syndrome, Otosclerosis, or Meniere’s disease.
Attorney Coby L. Wooten is now reviewing cases on behalf of victims who may have lost their hearing due to this dangerous product. Please complete this short questionnaire to determine if you qualify or simply contact our law firm directly for a no obligation, free consultation and discuss the details of your potential case.
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