1. Helping People Injured By 3M’s Defective Ear Plugs
Service Men And Women Injured By Defective Ear Protection
From 2003 to 2015, military personnel were issued 3M’s Dual-Ended Combat Arms ear plugs to protect their hearing in training exercises and combat operations. These ear plugs did not meet military standards and 3M knew it. As a result, countless service people were exposed to potential aural damage, including:
- Hearing loss
- Balance disorders, including vertigo and dizziness
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
This appalling negligence has affected the health of thousands of veterans. 3M can and must be held accountable for its unacceptable actions related to the Combat Arms ear plugs.
Experienced Injury Lawyers Fighting For Justice
At Holman Schiavone, LLC, our attorneys have experience taking on the manufacturers of dangerous products and pharmaceuticals. When companies place profits ahead of the health and safety of the people who use their products, the law is the best tool to make things rights. Our aggressive trial lawyers have the resources, know-how and drive to make sure the people injured by 3M’s negligent behavior get the justice they deserve.
Shocking Disregard For U.S. Military Members
3M agreed to pay the Department of Justice more than $9 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit over the defective Combat Arms ear plugs. That suit exposed evidence that 3M was aware that the ear plugs were not functioning as promised as early as 2000. 3M had purchased the original maker of the ear plugs, Aearo Technologies, and discovered that they had covered up the fact that the ear plugs failed to meet military safety standards.
At that point, 3M owed it to the people serving our country to tell the military of the unsafe product they had sold. Instead, 3M chose to perpetuate the fraud and continue selling the Combat Arms ear plugs. For 12 years, soldiers were exposed to preventable injuries to their hearing and balance.
For the veterans suffering from partial or total hearing loss, 3M’s actions had permanent and personal implications. If you are a veteran or active military member suffering from hearing-related problems and you served between 2003 and 2015, you should speak to one of our attorneys as soon as possible.