How Can I File a 3M Earplugs Lawsuit?
March 6, 2020
If you served in the military between 2003-2015, you may have worn earplugs that were manufactured by 3M. The earplugs, which were supposed to provide protection to military personnel involved in combat, were in fact faulty and contained a design flaw that led to many individuals experiencing a loss of hearing. Unfortunately, investigations have revealed 3M likely knew of the faulty design, yet failed to notify the military of its findings. If you were one of the many military personnel who lost hearing because of this, you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your damages. To discuss your case, consult with Baltimore MD mass tort attorneys at Gordon Wolf & Carney.
Department of Justice Investigation
Upon an investigation conducted by the DOJ based on complaints from a whistleblower, it was found 3M knew of the design flaw yet chose to stay quiet. As a result, the earplugs were discontinued, but not before the company paid over $9 million to the federal government to resolve the matter.
Filing Your Lawsuit
To file your lawsuit, you must first meet certain criteria. First, you must have served in the U.S. military anywhere between 2003-2015 and used these earplugs during that time. Next, you will need to prove you were diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus by a doctor close to the time of your discharge. Finally, the degree of your hearing loss must meet or exceed an impairment rating established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
While hundreds of individual lawsuits have been filed against 3M regarding this matter, the majority of veterans who have experienced hearing loss or tinnitus have chosen to join others in a class-action suit. If you suffered damages due to defective 3M earplugs while serving your country, schedule a consultation immediately with Baltimore MD mass tort attorneys at Gordon Wolf & Carney.