If you wore 3M Combat Arms Duel Sided Earplugs (CAEv2) while engaged in any foreign conflict between the years 2003 and 2015 and have since been diagnosed with or suffer from tinnitus or hearing loss, you may be eligible for meaningful compensation.
3M, a government contractor, supplied up to 2.2 million defective earplugs to the military between 2003 and 2015. The Combat Arms Duel Sided Earplugs (CAEv2) have since been proven to be too short to be inserted properly. This defective design allowed the earplugs to loosen while in use. As a result, wearers may have been exposed to dangerous sound levels, causing permanent hearing damage. Combat veterans who used Combat Arms Duel Sided Earplugs (CAEv2) may suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus due to this defective design.
The 3M Combat Arms Duel Sided Earplugs were issued to soldiers fighting in all active theaters during this time period, and the number of veterans affected is staggering. 3M knew at the time that these earplugs were defective, but chose to profit at the cost of our brave service men and women.
In July 2018, $9.1 million was paid by 3M to resolve Department of Defense allegations that 3M sold defective Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) to the military for well over a decade without warning about the design the company knew to be defective.
3M has yet to offer help to the many service members who may have suffered permanent hearing loss due to this flawed design. Brave service members counted on Combat Arms Duel Sided Earplugs (CAEv2) to protect their hearing, and these defective earplugs exposed them to damaging sound levels. This lawsuit is against the 3M company, not the United States government or any branch of the armed services. Seeking justice will not affect any disability benefits.
If you or a family member are a United States combat veteran, current active duty service member, or Department of Defense contractor suffering from hearing loss, contact Estey & Bomberger for a free, no obligation consultation.
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