Former Army Sargent Scott Rowe is suing 3M because of its defective earplugs, which he claims caused his permanent hearing loss, tinnitus, and poor balance. In a recently filed lawsuit, Rowe has alleged that 3M knew about the defect but continued to make and sell these 3M combat earplugs and failed to warn consumers of this danger. These earplugs were distributed to U.S. soldiers between 2002 and 2015.
What Is the Defect?
The stem of the earplug may be too short and therefore difficult for the user to insert the plug deep into their ear canal. Due to the shortness of the stem, the earplug is loose in the ear canal and allows sounds to travel into the ear. For service members, this is crucial as they may be close to extremely loud explosions that put their hearing at risk.
3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit
Last year, 3M reached a $9.1 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice stemming from allegations that 3M knowingly sold the U.S. army defective earplugs. While the Department of Justice was able to secure compensation from 3M for alleged wrongdoing, those individuals who wore the earplugs and were injured by them are now pursuing 3M for the faulty design. The recently filed lawsuit attempts to prove 3M was negligent in selling defective earplugs as well as liable for the serious injuries the service members have endured.
Why Choose GoldenbergLaw?
GoldenbergLaw commends the men and women who put their lives on the line as service members. The last thing they should have to worry about is defective equipment, such as earbuds. We want to hold 3M accountable. If you or a loved one served in the U.S. military and used the 3M combat earplugs between 2002 and 2015 and have experienced hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact the defective product lawyers at GoldenbergLaw.