Wilmington 3M Earplugs Lawyer


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Did You Suffer Hearing Loss While Serving in the Armed Forces?

If you served in the U.S. military at any time between 2003 and 2015, we have some important news for you. First of all, thank you for your service. If you were a servicemember during the 12-year period we mentioned, it’s likely you were issued Combat Arms™ CAEv2 Earplugs, which were manufactured and sold to the U.S. Armed Forces by the American multinational corporation 3M.

These two-toned, dual-ended earplugs were supposed to protect soldiers’ ears from explosions, gunfire, and other loud noises occurring in a combat environment. Unfortunately, many soldiers who used these earplugs while deployed, or in training, have suffered serious hearing loss and tinnitus. If you are one of the brave servicemembers who has been injured by these defective earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation from 3M.

To find out more about your legal rights and options, call the experienced product liability attorneys at North Carolina’s Rhine Law Firm, P.C. Dial (910) 772-9960
for a free consultation.

A Design Flaw

After an investigation, it was discovered that the hearing damage many soldiers suffered was due to a design flaw and lack of instructions on how to properly wear the plugs.

A Whistleblower Came Forth

3M has always maintained it was unaware of this design flaw when it sold these faulty earplugs to the military. However, in 2018, a whistleblower came forward and revealed that 3M was aware that one version of the plugs was defective as far back as the year 2000.

A $9.1 Million Settlement

Even though 3M continues to deny that the earplugs were defective and refuses to admit to any wrongdoing, the corporation did agree to pay the Department of Defense $9.1 million to settle the allegations. Unfortunately, this settlement will not be distributed amongst the injured soldiers and veterans. If military service personnel want to receive compensation for their hearing loss or tinnitus, they will have to take civil action by filing a lawsuit.

Which Soldiers and Veterans Are Eligible for Compensation?

To file an injury claim and receive compensation, soldiers and veterans must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces between 2003 and 2015; have been issued the earplugs; and have been diagnosed with tinnitus or hearing loss by a licensed medical professional.

What Kind of Compensation May I Be Entitled To?

Depending on the severity and characteristics of your injury, you may seek compensation for any or all of the following damages:

  • Medical bills for present and future treatment.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Loss of career or earning capacity.
  • Punitive damages.
  • Necessary devices (hearing aids, amplified or captioned phones, etc.).
  • Permanent injury or disability.
  • Mental and emotional duress.
  • Other damages (such as if your hearing loss leads to familial strife or divorce).

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“Joel Rhine and his staff did everything possible to help us in a very dark period of our lives.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better firm to handle my injury claim. If you do not have confidence with your attorney, you need to contact Rhine Law Firm immediately.”

“Rhine Law Firm went out of their way to make sure that my mother-in-law obtains everything she is entitled to in an injury case.”

“It was a long, arduous process and we cannot thank Joel and the rest of the team at Rhine Law Firm enough.”

“Joel will make sure you are well taken care of. He will fight for you and what you deserve and go to all measures to make sure you get it.”

Contact an Experienced Attorney

3M is a large, powerful corporation. And as evidenced by its refusal to accept liability for the injuries our soldiers have suffered, 3M is unlikely to offer you fair compensation on its own. The skilled legal team at the Rhine Law Firm, P.C., is not afraid to stand up to 3M and get you the compensation you truly deserve. Call (910) 772-9960 today for a free case evaluation.

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