The Dalimonte Rueb Stoller law firm is currently evaluating claims where both active duty personnel and veterans have suffered serious hearing damage after wearing the faulty Version 2 3M’s CAEv2 Combat Arms Earplugs. You might be entitled to file a San Diego 3M earplug lawsuit if you used these products while serving in the US military any time between 2003 and 2015.
3M is a company based in Minnesota that provides the US military with its specially designed earplugs. They were used mainly during combat in order to protect soldiers’ hearing who were out in the field. The earplugs were designed by 3M to block out blasts as well as other seriously deafening sounds while conducting tests on bases also. However, these earplugs were supposed to make sure that soldiers were still able to hear anybody who was speaking to them.
However, 3M failed to notify the US government that many of its earplugs were defective. This meant that users could potentially suffer from partial or complete hearing loss while they were serving in the military. Therefore, our skilled and experienced class action attorneys in San Diego believe that both active-duty personnel and veterans should be compensated for the disservice they have suffered.
Why Are These Earplugs Thought To Have Caused Harm?
The 3M product was used by military personnel serving in high conflict areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 through 2015. This might have caused tinnitus, partial hearing loss, or full hearing loss. The earplugs were designed by 3M to allow for soldiers to freely communicate while protecting them against loud explosions and noises. Aearo Tech designed the earplugs and the company was acquired by 3M in 2008.
It took 10 years before someone cam forward to warn about flaws in the design. Following investigations, it was discovered that 3M paid the federal government $9.1 million to resolve any potential allegations. It was done to cover it up despite the fact that the product was supplied by 3M while they were fully aware of these design flaws. The earplugs have been discontinued.
How Can A 3M Earplugs Lawsuit Be Filed?
If you are interested in potentially filing a lawsuit in San Diego, CA, first a medical professional must have diagnosed you with tinnitus. Also, the US military should have discharged you or you should have a loss of hearing impairment rating in accordance with the US Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, you should have served in the US military sometime from 2013 through 2015. Active personnel and veterans can receive compensation if they meet the criteria.
Which Earplugs Are Linked With Hearing Problems?
The 3M dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs are the earplugs that are in question. Service members used those earplugs from 2003 through 2015 which exposed them to the product’s design failure. This would have subjected them to the potential of suffering from partial or complete hearing loss.
Also, reports were filed by soldiers that indicated that these earplugs were too short to fit inside of their ears properly. This resulted in external noise having the ability to make its way into the inner ear and cause damage.
What Problems Did Soldiers Report?
The 3M combat earplugs were a lot shorter. That meant the could not fit inside of the human ear effectively. That caused these earplugs to become quite loose over time, and everyone who wore them was subjected to potential hearing loss. Some of the long-term related problems reported by veterans include balance issues, permanent hearing loss, and Tinnitus.
False claims were made by 3m about their products which caused everyone to think that sufficient protection was provided by the product. It made people feel they were protected against hearing damages throughout their training. However, that was not true.
What Is Military Tinnitus Or Hearing Loss
Service members commonly report hearing loss. Also, they sometimes have tinnitus. This condition creates a ringing, buzzing, or hissing noise inside their ears. When an individual is affected by tinnitus, it makes it very difficult for them to hear someone talking from 3 feet away.
It has been estimated by the US Department of Veterans Affairs that nearly 2.7 million veterans are receiving disability already for their hearing loss or tinnitus that was caused during their time of serving in the military. Tinnitus is very common and may have been reported by individuals who were not aware they were wearing the 3M Company earplugs.
Have There Been Any Lawsuits Filed Regarding the 3M Defective Earplugs?
In 2016, the 3M distribution company made claims to the government of its concerns. However, there was a qui tam suit filed due to the earplugs. It was alleged that 3M made deceptive and incorrect claims about its product. They also did not disclose any of the flaws that are associated with the earplugs’ design.
In 2018, 3M and the Justice Department settled where $9.1 million was paid by 3M.
Service members may be entitled to receive compensation when they take legal action on their own. In 2019, hundreds of lawsuits were filed against 3M for its faulty earplugs.
Review Your San Diego 3M Earplug Lawsuit With an Attorney Today
The lawsuit by the government against 3M did not compensate service members. Only the government was compensated. 3M earplug users who served anytime from 2003 to 2015 in the US military and who have been diagnosed with a hearing loss might be entitled to be compensated.
If you wonder whether or not the faulty 3M earplugs caused your hearing loss, contact a specially trained San Diego product liability law firm. Our liability attorneys have extensive experience in handling these cases. Contact Dalimonte Rueb Stoller today to discuss what options are available to you.