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The Minneapolis based 3M company produced the Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs which were used by military staff during the period 2003 to 2015 during combat and training exercises in order to guard personnel hearing from gunfire and explosions. Hearing issues are one of the most frequent issues suffered by veterans so hearing defense is a serious worry for American soldiers. Based on [https://www.meneolawgroup.com/defective-products/combat-arms-earplugs/injury-risks earplug lawsuit] , the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs were created to provide two different amounts of defense. The dual-ended plugs have a design that is very recognizable. As their name suggests, they consisted of two outward facing plugs, one green and one yellow.<br /><br />When the yellow part was inserted inside the ear, this was called as Open Fire mode. This level was created to provide normal hearing for top situational awareness. It would let soldiers to communicate, accept commands and listen to other important noises on the combat field while still providing defense from peak level noises like gunfire and explosions. This would have been the desired mode in combat situations.<br /><br />When the green end was inserted inside the ear, this was referred to as Constant Protection mode. Constant Protection was designed to stop all sounds more completely in order to provide complete defense. According to 3M, the mode is for high level steady sound scenarios such as those in tracked vehicles and air support. This mode may have additionally been used in many standard practice exercises and environments as well.<br />Claimed Hearing Issues<br />Combat Arms EarplugsManufactured by 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc, Dual Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) were designed for military usage and used extensively by thousands of servicemen deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq between 2003 to 2015. The CAEV2 was produced to let two different protection modes, Open Fire mode and Closed Protection mode. The applicable setting is determined by which part of the earplug is inserted inside the ear, yellow for Weapons Fire mode, green means Constant Protection mode. Weapons Fire mode was created to allow for hearing speaking and communicating yet maintaining protection against damaging sound levels from gunfire and explosions. The Constant Protection mode blocked all noise more fully which was useful for personnel operating in track vehicles, in air support or during regular training. Both settings were purported to stop noise up to a certain standard yet in recent legal action, the government has alleged that neither mode of the ear plug complied with the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) which 3M alleged because of an unreported design error.<br /><br />$9.1 million Settlement Between 3M and the U.S. Government<br />In July of 2018, the United States DOJ announced that 3M had agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that the company knowingly sold the Combat Arms Earplugs v2 to the American military without disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing defense device. The lawsuit was originally placed in 2016 under the whistleblower part of the False Claims Act that permits private parties to sue on behalf of the federal government when they think that a defendant has made false claims for government funds. In this issue, the whistleblower was awarded $1,911,000 for their part in the lawsuit.<br /><br />Per the Department of Justice press release, the settlement took care of claims that 3M violated the False Claims Act by marketing or causing to be sold defective earplugs to the Defense Logistics Agency. Specifically, the United States claimed that 3M, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the CAEv2 was too short for correct insertion into users’ ears and that the plugs could loosen slightly and therefore did not perform well for certain individuals. It was additionally alleged that this design defect was known to 3M but wasn’t relayed the Department of Defense.<br /><br />Harm to Personnel<br />If the claims about 3M are correct, thousands of personnel could have used error prone plugs which didn’t protect them as the equipment was supposed to. Based on the claimed design error, the earplugs could loosen while inside the ear unbeknownst to the soldier allowing damaging noise to make their way into the ear. Harmful sound levels may have serious and permanent effects including partial or total hearing loss, or tinnitus, a buzzing inside the ears. Hearing loss is one of the most common afflictions suffered by active duty and former service personnel. Tinnitus, which could be debilitating, is just as prevalent. According to a research scientist with the VA Portland Healthcare System, last year there were over 1.6 million soldiers needing medical care for chronic tinnitus.<br /><br />You Might be Eligible to Compensation<br />If you or a family member were given Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs during service in the military between 2003 and 2015, and have since had partial or total hearing damage or suffer from tinnitus, your situation should be discussed with the Meneo Law Group to explore all options available to you.<br />
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The Minneapolis headquartered 3M business manufactured the Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs that were used by armed services personnel from the years 2003 to 2015 during fighting and training exercises in order to defend staff hearing from gunfire and explosions. Hearing issues are one of the most common issues suffered by soldiers so hearing defense is a serious concern for U.S. soldiers. Based on various scenarios, the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs were created to offer two different levels of defense. The dual-ended earplugs have a design that is very noticeable. As their name implies, they consisted of two outward facing plugs, one green and one yellow.<br /><br />While the yellow part was put into the ear, this is known as Weapons Fire mode. This level was designed to provide normal hearing for peak situational awareness. It could let soldiers to communicate, receive commands and listen to other important sounds in the battlefield whilst continuing to provide defense from top level sounds such as gunfire and explosions. This could have been the desired scenario in combat situations.<br /><br />When the green end was placed into the ear, this was known as Closed Protection mode. Constant Protection was created to block all sounds more thoroughly in order to offer full defense. According to 3M, the mode is for high level sustained sound situations like those in tracked vehicles and air support. [https://www.meneolawgroup.com/defective-products/combat-arms-earplugs/about veteran hearing] may have also been used in many standard practice exercises and environments as well.<br />Alleged Hearing Risks<br />Combat Arms EarplugsManufactured by 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc, Dual Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) that were designed for military use and used widely by thousands of personnel sent to Afghanistan and Iraq from 2003 to 2015. The CAEV2 was made to allow for two separate protection modes, Weapons Fire mode and Closed Protection mode. The appropriate level is determined by which part of the earplug is placed inside the ear, yellow means Weapons Fire mode, green means Constant Protection mode. Weapons Fire mode was designed to allow for hearing speech and communicating yet maintaining protection against damaging sound levels from gunfire and explosions. The Constant Protection level blocked all noise more completely which was useful for personnel operating in track vehicles, in air support or while regular training. Both settings were purported to stop sounds up to a certain standard but in current litigation, the government has alleged that neither mode of the ear plug met the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) which 3M alleged due to a non-reported design error.<br /><br />$9.1 million Settlement Between 3M and the U.S. Government<br />In July of 2018, the U.S. DOJ reported that 3M had agreed to pay $9.1 million in order to resolve allegations that the company knowingly sold the Combat Arms Earplugs v2 to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that declined the effectiveness of the hearing defense device. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2016 under the whistleblower part of the False Claims Act which permits private citizens to sue on behalf of the federal government whenever they think that a defendant has submitted false claims for government funds. In this case, the whistleblower was awarded $1,911,000 for their part in the lawsuit.<br /><br />According to the Department of Justice press announcement, the settlement took care of claims that 3M violated the False Claims Act by selling or causing to be sold defective earplugs to the Defense Logistics Agency. More specifically, the United States alleged that 3M, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the CAEv2 was too short for proper insertion into users’ ears and that the plugs could loosen slightly and therefore didn’t work well for some people. It was additionally alleged that this design error was known to 3M but was not disclosed to the Department of Defense.<br /><br />Harm to Soldiers<br />If the allegations about 3M are correct, thousands of personnel might have used fault prone plugs that did not protect them as the product was supposed to. Based on the alleged design flaw, the plugs may come loose while in the ear unknown to the soldier allowing damaging noise to find their way into the ear. Harmful noise levels may have serious and lasting effects including partial or total hearing loss, or tinnitus, a ringing in the ears. Hearing damage is one of the most common issues suffered by active duty and former service personnel. Tinnitus, which may be debilitating, is just as prevalent. According to a research scientist with the VA Portland Healthcare System, last year there were over 1.6 million veterans looking for medical care for chronic tinnitus.<br /><br />You Could be Entitled to Compensation<br />If you or a family member were provided Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs during service in the military between 2003 and 2015, and have since suffered partial or total hearing damage or suffer from tinnitus, your scenario should be reviewed with the Meneo Law Group to discover every option available to you.<br />

Latest revision as of 17:58, 21 October 2019

The Minneapolis headquartered 3M business manufactured the Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs that were used by armed services personnel from the years 2003 to 2015 during fighting and training exercises in order to defend staff hearing from gunfire and explosions. Hearing issues are one of the most common issues suffered by soldiers so hearing defense is a serious concern for U.S. soldiers. Based on various scenarios, the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs were created to offer two different levels of defense. The dual-ended earplugs have a design that is very noticeable. As their name implies, they consisted of two outward facing plugs, one green and one yellow.

While the yellow part was put into the ear, this is known as Weapons Fire mode. This level was designed to provide normal hearing for peak situational awareness. It could let soldiers to communicate, receive commands and listen to other important sounds in the battlefield whilst continuing to provide defense from top level sounds such as gunfire and explosions. This could have been the desired scenario in combat situations.

When the green end was placed into the ear, this was known as Closed Protection mode. Constant Protection was created to block all sounds more thoroughly in order to offer full defense. According to 3M, the mode is for high level sustained sound situations like those in tracked vehicles and air support. veteran hearing may have also been used in many standard practice exercises and environments as well.
Alleged Hearing Risks
Combat Arms EarplugsManufactured by 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc, Dual Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) that were designed for military use and used widely by thousands of personnel sent to Afghanistan and Iraq from 2003 to 2015. The CAEV2 was made to allow for two separate protection modes, Weapons Fire mode and Closed Protection mode. The appropriate level is determined by which part of the earplug is placed inside the ear, yellow means Weapons Fire mode, green means Constant Protection mode. Weapons Fire mode was designed to allow for hearing speech and communicating yet maintaining protection against damaging sound levels from gunfire and explosions. The Constant Protection level blocked all noise more completely which was useful for personnel operating in track vehicles, in air support or while regular training. Both settings were purported to stop sounds up to a certain standard but in current litigation, the government has alleged that neither mode of the ear plug met the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) which 3M alleged due to a non-reported design error.

$9.1 million Settlement Between 3M and the U.S. Government
In July of 2018, the U.S. DOJ reported that 3M had agreed to pay $9.1 million in order to resolve allegations that the company knowingly sold the Combat Arms Earplugs v2 to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that declined the effectiveness of the hearing defense device. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2016 under the whistleblower part of the False Claims Act which permits private citizens to sue on behalf of the federal government whenever they think that a defendant has submitted false claims for government funds. In this case, the whistleblower was awarded $1,911,000 for their part in the lawsuit.

According to the Department of Justice press announcement, the settlement took care of claims that 3M violated the False Claims Act by selling or causing to be sold defective earplugs to the Defense Logistics Agency. More specifically, the United States alleged that 3M, and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the CAEv2 was too short for proper insertion into users’ ears and that the plugs could loosen slightly and therefore didn’t work well for some people. It was additionally alleged that this design error was known to 3M but was not disclosed to the Department of Defense.

Harm to Soldiers
If the allegations about 3M are correct, thousands of personnel might have used fault prone plugs that did not protect them as the product was supposed to. Based on the alleged design flaw, the plugs may come loose while in the ear unknown to the soldier allowing damaging noise to find their way into the ear. Harmful noise levels may have serious and lasting effects including partial or total hearing loss, or tinnitus, a ringing in the ears. Hearing damage is one of the most common issues suffered by active duty and former service personnel. Tinnitus, which may be debilitating, is just as prevalent. According to a research scientist with the VA Portland Healthcare System, last year there were over 1.6 million veterans looking for medical care for chronic tinnitus.

You Could be Entitled to Compensation
If you or a family member were provided Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs during service in the military between 2003 and 2015, and have since suffered partial or total hearing damage or suffer from tinnitus, your scenario should be reviewed with the Meneo Law Group to discover every option available to you.