Mathys & Schneid Personal Injury Lawyers | September 5, 2023 | Product Liability
If you are currently serving in the military or are a veteran, you may be entitled to financial compensation in a combat earplugs lawsuit. Some users of defective Combat Arms Earplugs experienced hearing loss and tinnitus.
3M manufactured and sold Combat Arms Earplugs after buying Aeros Technology in 2008. These earplugs were standard-issue equipment in the U.S. Military.
If you suffered injuries due to defective Combat Earplugs, you should contact an experienced product liability attorney for a free consultation.
Where Did 3M Go Wrong with Combat Earplugs?
U.S. service members need ear protection from exposure to loud noises due to aircraft, artillery, guns, and explosives. Ear protection helps prevent internal damage to the eardrums. However, 3M Combat Earplugs did more harm than good.
These combat earplugs did not initially fit easily with a soldier’s helmet. After 3M shortened the earplugs to fit, they did not go deeply into the ear. This was a design flaw because they did not fit many soldiers’ ear canals.
3M Knew the Earplugs Were Defective
3M was aware that the earplugs were too short to protect soldiers from exposure to loud noises. Despite knowing that the product was defective, 3M did not disclose this to the military.
As a result of 3M failing to warn users and the government, soldiers were unprotected and suffered permanent hearing loss. If you suffered harm as a result of 3M’s defective earplugs, you can pursue compensation.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Product Liability Lawyer?
If you are dealing with accumulating medical expenses and pain and suffering, the last thing you need is more bills. Fortunately, you can hire a qualified product liability lawyer without paying out-of-pocket costs to get your case started.
Many product liability lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that your lawyer will only get paid if you are compensated. If you do not win your case, you are not required to pay attorney’s fees. If your case is successful, your attorney will take a percentage of your settlement or verdict.
How Do You Qualify for an Earplug Lawsuit?
You may be able to pursue compensation if all of the following apply to you:
- You served in the military between 2003 and 2015
- You used military-issued earplugs
- You were exposed to loud noises while serving in the military
- You were diagnosed with hearing loss/tinnitus
If you were harmed by the use of 3M Combat Earplugs while serving in the military, you should contact a qualified product liability lawyer to discuss your legal options.
What Compensation Is Available in a Defective Combat Earplugs Lawsuit?
If you suffered injuries as a result of defective combat earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
The following damages may be pursued:
- Medical costs
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
The compensation you can receive will likely depend on the severity of your hearing loss. If you suffer severe hearing damage, your case may be worth more than someone who is diagnosed with tinnitus.
A Product Liability Lawyer Can Fight for You If You Were Injured By Using Defective Combat Earplugs
If you were injured using 3M earplugs while serving in the military, a skilled lawyer will work diligently to get you compensated for your injuries.
Your attorney may do the following to build your case:
- Investigate the product that injured you
- Consult with industry experts
- Calculate your economic and non-economic damages
- Negotiate with opposing parties to reach a fair settlement
- Protect your interests
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
Dealing with hearing loss and tinnitus can be life-altering. An experienced product liability lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and get you the compensation you need.