Messa & Associates currently represents hundreds of veterans and active duty service men and women nationwide from the Army, Army National Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps who have been diagnosed with hearing loss and/or tinnitus as the result of the use of defective 3M earplugs during their military service.
We represent individuals in nearly all military ranks and positions who have served or are currently serving, stateside and overseas, and whose lives have been forever changed by 3M's blatant disregard for their well-being.
Members of the military who served during the period 2003-2015 and suffered hearing loss or damage, including tinnitus (ringing in the ears), after using the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs (v. 2) may be able to submit a legal claim.
The 3M Dual Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (v. 2) are pictured to the left. These were the standard issue military earplugs for over a decade. The earplugs were color coded - green (weapons-fire mode) and yellow (closed/constant protection mode). It has been alleged, among other things, that these earplugs were too short to be inserted properly. Consequently, it has been alleged that the earplugs loosened, which was imperceptible to the user, and effectively left military personnel users without hearing protection. Despite the fact that military personnel were relying upon government-issued earplugs, they were not protected from dangerous and damaging sounds.
In July 2018, 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million dollars to resolve a qui tam or whistleblower lawsuit brought on behalf of the U.S. Government against 3M, claiming that 3M sold the defective Combat Arms Earplugs (v. 2) knowing they were defective. Additional claims included;
Further, it was alleged that 3M knowingly sold the Combat Arms Earplugs to the United States Military without disclosing the design defect, the flawed testing, or the inaccurate NRR rating. Specifically, it was alleged that 3M knew that the Combat Arms Earplugs (v. 2) were too short to be properly inserted into the ear and therefore did not perform properly for certain users. 3M did not disclose this information to the United States and delivered the Combat Arms Earplugs (v. 2) knowing that they were defective.
3M settled this lawsuit with the United States, agreeing to pay $9.1 million to resolve these allegations. 3M contends that this settlement does not constitute an admission or determination of liability.
None of 3M’s settlement with the United States will be distributed to individual military personnel affected by the defective earplugs, which is why Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates are filing 3M earplug lawsuits on behalf of these brave men and women.
Individuals throughout the country who were injured by the defective 3M earplugs are bringing cases for their injuries, which are being consolidated in a Multi-district Litigation.
Numerous injured combat veterans and active duty military personnel are filing 3M earplug lawsuits claiming that 3M knew that the Combat Arms Earplugs (v. 2) were defective yet concealed that information from the military.
All 3M earplug lawsuits are in the beginning stages and therefore they have not yet resulted in any verdicts or settlements. Money damages, however, may be awarded for any of the following:
Punitive damages may be awarded as punishment against 3M because 3M’s actions were allegedly deliberate and willful, and because 3M allegedly acted with deliberate indifference to the rights and safety of the military personnel using their product.
Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates representing military personnel in connection with this litigation will work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are zero upfront costs. If the case is successful, your attorney will receive a portion of the amount. If you receive no compensation from your case, your lawyer will not receive payment.
The Contingency Fee Agreement is your contract with our firm, stating that you do not owe us any money unless we secure a monetary award on your behalf.
The Intake Questionnaire seeks information requested by the court regarding your specific injuries, diagnoses, and medical providers outside the VA.
The VA Authorization gives our law firm permission to request your medical records from Veterans Affairs.
The Exhibit B - Initial Census is a court-requested document that seeks specific information related to your military service.
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