3M Company, the producer and seller of Combat Arms earplugs, is being sued by hundreds of veterans who participated in the U.S. Armed Forces between 2003 and 2015. You might be qualified to join them in their 3M combat arms earplugs lawsuit if:
- You served in the armed forces between 2003 and 2015
- You used the dual-sided, black and yellow Combat Arms earplugs that the military issued
- You now experience hearing loss, ear ringing, or other similar symptoms.
What makes the 3M combat arms earplugs problematic?
All branches of the U.S. military received their dual-sided earplugs exclusively from the international business 3M between 2003 and 2015. Dual-ended earplugs made by 3M Combat Arms were meant to block out loud noises while still letting service members hear instructions, information, and everyday conversation.
These earplugs have two sides:
- The idea was to silence everything with the olive-colored side.
- The yellow side’s purpose was to filter out excessively loud sounds like explosions while letting in lesser sounds like allied soldiers’ directives.
According to the 3M earplug lawsuit, the earplug design had a flaw: the buds were too short, and as each plug was worn, the seal within the user’s ear became loose (unnoticeable to the user). The outcome was that the user wasn’t getting enough noise protection from the earplugs, increasing the risk of hearing loss.
During this period, the business reportedly fabricated test findings for their 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 and supplied substandard versions of them to soldiers, putting thousands of service members in danger of hearing loss or tinnitus without their knowledge.
Thousands of military personnel relied on the earplugs to shield their hearing when working near airplanes, during artillery fire, or in other situations where loud noises might occur.
The earplugs, however, allegedly failed to seal tightly and lacked sufficient usage instructions, as claimed in the claims brought against 3M Company. The veterans who are suing 3M for compensation contend that the corporation knew its Combat Arms earplugs wouldn’t shield soldiers from hearing loss as early as 2000 yet nonetheless continued to sell the product.
You should immediately contact a 3M combat earplugs lawyer if you suffer hearing loss or other similar symptoms and used the unusual double-ended black and yellow earplugs. They can assess whether you are eligible for the 3M earplug lawsuit.
How to determine if you qualify for the lawsuit
You must satisfy the following requirements to be qualified to participate in the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit:
- You served in the military of the United States between 2003 and 2015
- You were issued (and utilized) 3M Combat Arms Earplugs on both sides
- You have been diagnosed with tinnitus (the sensation of noise in the ears) or severe hearing loss
You might be eligible for cash compensation for the harm you endured due to 3M’s dishonest acts and their earplugs if you fit the abovementioned requirements. Hundreds of thousands of Armed Forces members sustained this kind of injury, although the exact number is unknown.