Cincinnati, Ohio product liability lawyer and VA Disability attorney reviewing veteran hearing loss cases and injuries linked to the defective 3M combat earplug.
For years servicemen and women were provided faulty combat earplugs, produced by 3M and Aearo Technologies. As a result, many veterans have suffered from hearing loss and tinnitus, and have in turn filed combat earplug lawsuits.
Plaintiffs are alleging that 3M knew of the combat earplug defects and yet still sold the defective products to the U.S. military, placing thousands of veterans at risk of hearing loss.
Joe Lyon is a Cincinnati, Ohio VA disability benefits lawyer and product liability attorney reviewing combat earplug defects and filing individual lawsuits on behalf of injured veterans.
The product liability lawsuits have been moved to federal court. 3M has denied wrongdoing, and is contesting the allegations. However, hundreds of veterans have moved forward with litigation and consumer safety attorneys are applying legal pressure. According to 3M court documents, the company faces over 1,700 individual cases.
More lawsuits are expected by plaintiffs as more veterans come forward with ear injuries, hearing loss and worsening tinnitus. In 2018, 3M agreed to pay the U.S. military $9.1 million to settle Justice Department allegations that defective combat earplugs were supplied to American service members. That settlement paved the way for individual lawsuits against 3M and Aearo.
Some of the combat earplug defect cases have been rolled into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) case, handled by a federal judge in Florida. In such MDL proceedings, a preliminary trial is typically held to establish key findings in one of many similar cases. The outcome of the first case generally sets a precedent for how the other cases are handled by plaintiffs and defendants.
The Defective 3M Earplugs are centered around the dual-ended combat arms earplugs that 3M and Aearo Technologies sold to the U.S. military, and was used by thousands of servicemen and women during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, or during domestic training.
The defective earplugs were meant to protect the ears while giving users options: the user could insert the green end of the earplug to block all sound, or the yellow end to be able to hear low-level sound. However, plaintiffs say the earplugs did not function as intended, and in many cases would not properly fit the ears of the users. As a result, many veterans suffered hearing loss and serious ear injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered hearing loss or an ear injury due to defective 3M earplugs, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding defective 3M combat earplug lawsuits.