When everyday products are found to be more harmful than advertised, bad injuries can happen to good people. Products such as pesticides and other chemicals, protective gear, or equipment like electronic log-splitters are sometimes placed on the market without proper warning. At times manufacturing processes fail to produce products as safely as their intended design. These errors can happen when corporations fail consumers by putting unsafe products on the market. Egerton Law can help you determine your rights to seek compensation if you suffered an injury because of a dangerous product.
Defective 3M Earplugs Lead to Hearing Loss, Tinnitus
U.S. Military veterans may be suffering from hearing loss and related problems after receiving defective hearing protection while in the service.
Safety gear supplier3M Company agreed to pay $9.1million to the United States for selling defective earplugs to the military from 2003 – 2015.
The double-sided Combat Arms Earplugs, version 2, were distributed to active duty military personnel both domestically for training purposes and overseas while deployed. These earplugs were represented to provide substantial hearing protection and contained no warnings about increased risk of hearing loss.
Designed to have two different functions, the yellow and black earplugs couple be placed yellow-side in for individuals to block loud impulse sounds while allowing quieter noises through. When the black ends were inserted the earplugs were supposed to block as much sound as possible.
However, the design of the earplugs was such that they could loosen if users didn’t fold back the flange on the outside end of the product – and this step was not included in instructions that came in the product package.
Thousands of our U.S. military members and veterans were likely exposed to these defective earplugs over the past 15 years. In addition to being provided by the military for use, the products were available for purchase at supply stores on and near bases.
Hearing loss and tinnitus has been reported in service-members who received the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. These conditions can be significant enough to warrant disability ratings by doctors. Additionally, the long-term impacts of hearing loss and tinnitus may result in cognitive decline.
If you or a loved one suffers from hearing loss or tinnitus after active duty military service during the years 2003 – 2015, call the attorneys at Egerton Law for a free consultation. We can help you determine whether your injuries are the result of exposure to the defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs.
RoundUp Exposure Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
Bayer’s popular herbicide Roundup, on the market for over four decades, may cause an increase in risk of certain types of cancer.
In March of 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a study showing a link between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Over a thousand lawsuits have been filed by individuals who believe Roundup use may have led to their cancer diagnoses.
North Carolina is home to vast amounts of farmland, golf courses, and other green spaces that routinely get treated with herbicides like Roundup. Our friends and family working in landscaping, lawn care, and agricultural industries may have unwittingly been exposed to increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma because the makers of Roundup were not properly warning of this risk.
Internal documents from Monsanto (the company that developed Roundup, since purchased by Bayer) have been uncovered through recent litigation. These documents point to fraudulent studies and tactics employed by the company to keep the true risks of the herbicide out of the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the public.
Interestingly, the chemical composition of Roundup that is sold in the US differs from the same product sold in Europe. The US version of Roundup contains a type of surfactant– the material used to help disburse the glyphosate – that has been banned in Europe. Studies have shown that this type of surfactant can increase the risk of harm compared to glyphosate itself.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after regularly working with Roundup, call an experienced product liability attorney to discuss your potential claim. The lawyers at Egerton Law can help you evaluate your claim - call 1-800-800-4LAW for your free consultation.