3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit

Defective Earplugs

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.

Lubrisine Eye Drops Recalled

On December 31, 2018, the FDA recalled Lubrisine Eye Drops after discovering the drops contained undeclared colloidal silver. The FDA also found that Results RNA LLC, the manufacturer of Lubrisine Eye Drops, was using manufacturing practices that do not support sterility.

Exposure to colloidal silver can result in permanent discoloration of the conjunctiva, or the mucous membrane that covers the front of the eyeball and lines the eyelids. In addition, using non-sterile eye drops could lead to a potentially sight-threatening eye infection.

The product is used to lubricate dry eyes. No adverse events have yet been reported from this recall. The affected products are:

  • All lots manufactured from Mary 12, 2012 forward
  • UPC code 9238230723
  • Packaged in a single 1 oz. dropper bottle

If you or a loved one experienced discoloration in your eye and/or an eye infection after using Lubrisine Eye Drops, contact GoldenbergLaw.

Rome Escalator Collapse: How a Defective Product Lawyer Can Help in an Accident Like This

On October 23, a malfunctioning escalator in Rome rapidly accelerated downward and caused a pileup of people at the bottom of the stairs. A total of 24 people were injured, some suffering serious perforation wounds due to the shattered stairs bunched at the bottom acting like knife blades. Three people are in serious condition, including a man who partially lost his foot. One person suffered a complex trauma that prompted an immediate surgery.

ATAC, Rome’s public transport company, said “all maintenance checks of the escalator were carried out regularly and the results were in accordance to the norms.” A full investigation into the maintenance and safety of the escalator has been requested. If it uncovers any defective design or potential danger that should have been warned about, the manufacturer of the escalator could be found liable.

The Rome escalator collapse is an example of how everyday products that we assume are safe are also at risk of failing. All products must be made reasonably safe. Manufacturers have a duty to identify foreseeable hazards and ensure they are designed away, guarded against, or warned about. An experienced defective product lawyer at GoldenbergLaw will have the necessary resources and experience to prove this.

If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury as the result of a defective product, contact GoldenbergLaw. Our defective product lawyers can determine if there is a design, manufacturing, or warning issue with the product. Call us, and leave the sleepless nights to us.

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