Veterans Suing 3M Over Faulty Combat Military Ear Plugs Which Caused Hearing Losss


February 27, 2019

UNITED STATES – Veterans of the United States military are suing company 3M over faulty ear plugs, according to an online news story reported by kxan.com. The veterans claim that the ear plugs did not adequately protect their ears from combat sounds, resulting in hearing loss and ear injuries.*

The ear plugs at issue were originally manufactured by Aearo Technologies, which was acquired by 3M during 2008. The plugs are supposed to protect members of the military from the harmful effects of loud combat noises, like gunshots and explosions. Lawsuits by numerous veterans allege that the plugs had a tendency to imperceptibly come loose, exposing service members to the risk of ear injury.

Veterans who have filed lawsuits thus far against 3M claim that they have suffered hearing loss and constant ringing in the ear (a condition known as tinnitus). They also claim that 3M knew about the potential problems with these ear plugs and knowingly sold them in a defective state to the military.

In a federal lawsuit resolved in July 2018, 3M agreed to pay more than $9 million to reimburse the United States government for purchase of the ear plugs. In agreeing to the settlement, 3M did not admit that it did anything wrong. Now, plaintiff attorneys are moving for formation of a Multidistrict Litigation that would consolidate all of the individual civil lawsuits on behalf of veterans into one court in the Western District of Texas. 

In response to an inquiry from KXAN, 3M reportedly issued a statement, saying, “3M has great respect for the brave men and women who protect us around the world. We have a long history of serving the U.S. military, and we continue to sell products, including safety products, to help our troops and support their missions.”

Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured by these defective earplugs, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout the Southeast for over 35 years, including but not limited to all cities and rural areas.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat. 

Source:https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/thousands-of-veterans-sue-3m-saying-earplugs-led-to-hearing-loss/1797687541

Category: Personal Injury

Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.