Although 3M lost its first battle, they are continuing to fight in this massive war, as the company state they are, "ready to defend ourselves against plaintiffs' allegations at all upcoming trials." Based on the results of the first trial, the upcoming trials don't look good for the company. Plaintiffs who have experienced the adverse effects of these earplugs claim that 3M not only hid design flaws and faked test results, but they also failed to provide instruction in the proper use of Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2. Considering these earplugs were used by the Army from 2007 to 2013, there could be thousands of more poeple are experiencing or will experience harm due to 3M's negligence. Stay up to date with the latest news involving this lawsuit with Murphy Law Firm!
A federal jury on Friday awarded a U.S. Army veteran $8.2 million after finding that combat earplugs sold by 3M Co caused him to suffer hearing loss and tinnitus, the biggest verdict yet against the company in mass tort litigation over the product.
Military personnel are exposed to high levels of noise frequently, and this has led to hearing loss and tinnitus being the second most prevalent service-related disability. 3M’s actions could have contributed to these numbers. Military Medical Research,(link below), provides a report of the extent of the hearing loss problems.
Hearing Loss widespread Among Post-9/11 Veterans; the most widespread injury for veterans has been hearing loss and other auditory complications.
Hearing problems—including tinnitus—are by far the most prevalent service-connected disability among American Veterans.