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Many servicemen and servicewomen receive earplugs as standard issue in the military. They provide quick, hassle-free, and low-cost ear protection and can help prevent serious inner ear damage and other sensory injuries. Earplugs are especially important in combat and are designed to protect the wearer from sound hazards caused by gunfire, explosions, and other dangerously loud sounds.
3M is a multinational corporation that was contracted by the US military to provide these types of earplugs for use in combat. 3M’s earplugs were designed to insulate the ear from loud sounds while still allowing soldiers to hear their orders. 3M failed to inform the military that some of its earplugs were faulty. These defective earplugs may have led to the partial or complete loss of hearing for many who wore them.
If you suffered such injuries or losses, Birkhold & Maider, LLC can help. Our 3M Earplug Lawsuit Attorney will review your case to determine if you can file a compensation claim.
The 3M earplugs lawsuit revolves around the contention of the victims that the earplugs have a design flaw. They are symmetrical and based on the fitting instructions provided to the military by 3M, the earplugs can become loose and even fall off while in use.
Many military personnel and veterans who used the earplugs between 2003 and 2015 – the time frame during which 3M supplied the earplugs to the military – have complained of hearing damage, tinnitus, and other forms of hearing-related injuries and illnesses. If you suffer from such illnesses, you may have a product liability case against 3M, and Birkhold & Maider, LLC’s 3M Earplug Lawsuit Attorney can help you gather evidence and quantify your damages so that you can file a compensation claim.
Any losses, damages, or injuries that we can connect to your 3M earplug use can be included in your claim. These include:
The 3M earplugs lawsuit is an example of a mass tort litigation case tried due to the dangerous and defective nature of the product. To win compensation, you must first understand the types of harm and the categories of liability that apply to product liability cases.
Firstly, many product liability cases are categorized as strict liability cases. To win a strict liability case, you must show that:
Next, you must be able to show that the manufacturer was negligent. You can do this as follows:
You can also win a product liability case based on a breach of warranty, in which case you must show the following:
In some cases, product-related injuries and damages can lead to charges of fraud against the manufacturer. This can apply under the following circumstances:
Whether you are a veteran who suffered hearing injuries related to 3M earplug use or you used 3M’s earplugs as a private citizen, you may have grounds for a lawsuit for damages.
For veterans, hearing and ear injuries can receive a disability rating of between 10% and 100%. As long as you have a service-connected illness or disability, you can win compensation for your ear injuries, and this will not affect any other VA benefits you may already be entitled to.
For private individuals, the value of your claim will depend on the extent of the injuries or losses you suffered. Our Essex County Injury Attorneys can help you evaluate and quantify your losses so that we file for the maximum compensation amount you are entitled to by law.
It can be difficult to understand the many steps involved in pursuing a mass tort lawsuit for defective product injuries and damages sustained during your service. This is especially true if you are involved in a case against a large, well-funded, and professionally represented corporation such as 3M.
We are here to help. If you suffered such injuries or losses, Birkhold & Maider, LLC and our dedicated 3M Earplug Lawsuit Attorneys will review your case to determine if you can file a compensation claim. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
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