3M’s Defective Earplugs
Last year, 3M agreed to a $9.1 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) regarding the company’s liability under the False Claims Act based on alleged defects affecting 3M’s Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs. According to allegations, the earplugs were too short to provide effective hearing protection and would easily come loose.
3M allegedly know about the defective properties of its earplugs but refused to notify the military about it. Under the terms of the settlement, no findings were made about the allegations in the DoJ’s action against 3M. As a result, veterans and other military service-members must file individual lawsuits if they want a chance at recovering damages for their injuries.
The brave men and women of our armed forces understand that the nature of their work places them in inherently dangerous situations. The sacrifices our military service-members agreed to make should be honored and respected. Sadly, when our uniformed brothers and sisters are put at risk due to the carelessness of a military contractor, we as a society fall shockingly short of honoring their sacrifice.
However, at Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers, we intend to strive in honoring our military service-members by helping them obtain relief for their injuries. Whether you or one of your loved-ones served in the military between 2003 and 2015, you might be entitled to receive compensation for ear injuries caused by defective earplugs manufactured by 3M. To explore whether your case qualifies for compensation, you should consult an experienced Louisville product liability attorney.
Common symptoms associated with the ear injuries caused by 3M’s defective earplugs include:
Difficulty hearing other people speak
Gradual hearing loss
Ringing and roaring sensations (tinnitus)
Unusual sensitivity to noises
At Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers, we’ve dedicated nearly two decades of our practice to representing injury victims across Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. We have invaluable experience prosecuting product liability claims against corporate defendants. Our clients benefit from our dedication and personalized approach to legal representation, and so can you.
Call the office of Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers at (502) 400-6969 to arrange a free consultation exploring the facts and merits of your case.
Under Kentucky law, actions against a corporation – other than a hospital – for personal injury must be filed within one year from the date the cause of action accrued. Furthermore, there is a rebuttable presumption that the alleged defective product was not defective if no injury occurred within five years after the date of the first sale to the first consumer, or more than eight years after its manufacturing date.
Empower Your Case with Advice from Our Skilled Louisville 3M Defect Lawyers
If you or one of your loved ones developed disabling hearing complications after using 3M’s defective earplugs during your military service, you might be entitled to a legal remedy for your injuries. At Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers, our team has nearly 20 years of experience litigating personal injury matters, including products liability cases. As a result, we have the confidence and skill to stand up against major companies like 3M to ensure they give your rights and interests the respect and consideration they deserve.
To get started, call us at (502) 400-6969 or contact Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers online for a free initial consultation exploring your legal rights and options.