Responsive Washington, D.C. Attorneys Battle for Veterans Injured Due to Defective Ear Plugs

District of Columbia personal injury lawyers hold military contractors accountable

When our servicemen and women put themselves in harm’s way on behalf of our nation, they deserve to be armed with the best equipment available from military suppliers. When those contractors put profit above safety, they are letting our military down by exposing them to added injury at an already perilous time. One such supplier is 3M, whose Combat Arms earplugs were purchased by the U.S. government for use in combat. These products, however, failed to work properly in the heat of battle and subjected users to a range of injuries. At May Lightfoot, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., we are committed to seeking compensation for members of the armed forces who suffered injury as the result of wearing these defective devices.

How defective earplugs damaged veterans’ hearing

From 2006 until 2015, the 3M Company contracted with the U.S. government to supply service members with Combat Arms earplugs. The devices were supposed to allow wearers to hear both commands from fellow soldiers and the sounds of approaching enemy combatants. But the earplugs failed by letting loud noises endemic to combat situations enter the users’ ears, making the plugs ineffective. The product defect, which prevented a tight seal, led to a range of injuries to service members wearing them, including:

  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus, which is the sensation of hearing phantom ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing or humming in the ears
  • Loss of balance, which is affected by the workings of the inner ear

If you suffer from any of these conditions, you know that it can adversely impact your ability to work and enjoy life. If you are veteran who used 3M combat ear plugs and have suffered any of these problems, you might have a cause of action against the 3M Company. If you live in Washington, D.C. or Maryland, we are ready to help you obtain just compensation for your injuries.

Thorough law firm seeks legal remedies for victims of defective earplugs

If you’ve been harmed by using Combat Arms earplugs, we will try to prove that they were not only defective in their design but that 3M failed to warn service members of the defect or provide proper instructions for their use. While these earplugs were discontinued in 2015, the defective pairs were not recalled, so they are still likely to be in use. We have a comprehensive understanding of products liability law and won’t back down from a fight, especially on behalf of those who fight for us. If you are a veteran whose health and safety have been jeopardized by this defective product, we will work hard to build a strong case for the damages you deserve to help cover medical expenses, lost wages and other losses.

Contact dedicated D.C. products liability attorneys for a Combat Arms earplug claim

If you live in Washington, D.C. or Maryland and you believe that you have been injured by defective 3M combat earplugs, we are ready to help. For a free consultation in our D.C. office, call May Lightfoot, PLLC at 877-629-5523.