Wyoming Veteran Sues 3M for Defective Military Earplugs
NATRONA COUNTY, WY. – According to an online news report posted at k2radio.com, a veteran from Wyoming has sued manufacturer 3M for injuries he says he suffered due to defective military earplugs. The man says that the earplugs he was issued, which were manufactured by 3M, did not work as intended and caused him to develop hearing loss. Montlick & Associates, named “Most Patriotic Business of 2011” by the Association of the U.S. Army is investigating potential legal claims involving 3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs (dual-ended combat arms earplugs, version 2, caev2) causing hearing loss, tinnitus, ringing in the ear, and permanent deafness.*
The personal injury product liability lawsuit was filed in federal court and alleges an unspecified amount of damages in excess of $75,000. The veteran claims that he served in the U.S. Navy from 2003 to 2014, during which time he worked construction and became a builder second class. He served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was honorably discharged in 2014, the suit alleges.
In his tours, the plaintiff says he received certain 3M earplugs called Combat Arms earplugs, to protect his ears during training and combat. He was repeatedly exposed to rounds and explosions, according to the suit, and relied on the earplugs to protect his hearing. However, the plaintiff alleges that he developed tinnitus and hearing loss due to the earplugs not working correctly.
Tinnitus is a condition in which people experience ringing, buzzing, or other disturbances in their ears. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against 3M around the country alleging similar injuries because the 3M earplugs did not stay in place when military members needed them.
In late 2018, 3M settled a case with the U.S. Department of Justice, which alleged that the company sold the earplugs to the government despite knowing that they were defective. Under the terms of the settlement, 3M reimbursed the government more than $9 million for the earplugs but did not admit that it had acted negligently or unlawfully.
A multi-district litigation has been created to handle much of the case load on behalf of individual veterans.
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