MASS TORT

3M EARPLUG

Overview

Criswell Law Office is evaluating claims that Veterans and active-duty military personnel experienced major hearing damage because they wore defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs (Version 2 — CAEv2). If you served in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015 and used 3M earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation.

About the 3M Lawsuit 

3M, a multinational conglomerate based in Minnesota, provided earplugs to the U.S. military for soldiers to use in combat. 3M designed the plugs to block out loud blasts while allowing soldiers to hear crucial orders. However, 3M failed to notify the U.S. government that some of its plugs were faulty. The defective earplugs may have caused partial or complete hearing loss in members of the military. We believe that Veterans and active-duty military personnel should be paid compensation for their hardships.

How Do the Plugs Cause Harm?

The product allegedly has a design flaw that centers on the fact that the earplugs are symmetrical in nature. The standard fitting instructions provided to military personnel could mean that the earplugs loosen and allow sound to enter the ear and ultimately exact damage on the wearer's hearing. As a result, some military personnel and Veterans may be experiencing ringing in their ears or hearing loss.

How Can I File a 3M Earplugs Lawsuit?

To become involved in the lawsuit, potential plaintiffs must be diagnosed by a doctor with tinnitus at or around the time of discharge from the military and/or hearing loss resulting in an impairment rating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The relevant time of service is 2003 to 2015. Eligible servicemen and women may be entitled to compensation for their hearing loss.

FAQ

-Who can file a claim against 3M for hearing loss?

Any current or former U.S. Military service-member who was issued and used 3M earplugs while on duty, and who later suffered any form of hearing loss or damage. This includes full or partial hearing loss in one or both ears, as well as conditions like tinnitus.

-How Can a Lawyer Help?

Any current or former U.S. Military service-member who was issued and used 3M earplugs while on duty, and who later suffered any form of hearing loss or damage. This includes full or partial hearing loss in one or both ears, as well as conditions like tinnitus.

-I’m already receiving veterans' disability payments for my hearing loss, can I still file a lawsuit?

Absolutely. Your veterans' disability payments from the government have nothing to do with the harm potentially inflicted against you by a negligent manufacturer. Living with hearing loss or damage can cause pain and suffering and reduced quality of life, and you deserve to be compensated for that.

JUUL SUIT

Overview

Criswell Law Office is reviewing claims on behalf of Americans who used a JUUL vaporizer prior to November of 2018 and before turning 18 years of age, and who subsequently developed a nicotine addiction.

About the JUUL Addiction Lawsuit

JUUL Labs, the makers of JUUL e-cigarettes and vapor pods, are facing lawsuits alleging that they didn’t adequately warn users of the risks associated with using their products. JUUL markets its products as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, but they still contain nicotine. In fact, JUUL products contain significantly more nicotine than their leading competitors—and nicotine is an addictive and potentially seriously harmful substance.

Nicotine can be harmful to anyone at any age, but it has been shown to be significantly more harmful to children and teens, who are also much more likely to become addicted to it. JUUL didn’t do enough to warn users of these risks, and it may have even directly marketed to children and teens.

Regularly smoking cigarettes has never been less popular among teens and children, so for them, JUUL usually isn’t a replacement for a dangerous habit. Rather, it’s a brand new hobby that they take up because it seems “cool” and because it comes in flavors that appeal to them.

Minors who became addicted to nicotine after using a JUUL vape have suffered serious harm. Criswell Law Office wants to hold JUUL accountable, and get compensation for those victims. If you or a loved one became addicted to nicotine after using a JUUL vape while still a minor, you may be eligible for compensation.

Irresponsible Corporate Behavior

So far, JUUL has been the most recognized name in the race to dominate the exploding e-cigarette market. A recent valuation pegged the company as worth more than $38 billion, and it has received a major round of investment from a tobacco products conglomerate.

But there is evidence that much of this success can be attributed to its popularity among young people, including children and teens. The company certainly thought so, as significant attention was paid in the early days to making JUUL appear young, hip, and appealing to younger consumers. The company allegedly directly and intentionally advertised to children and teens, even going so far as to do presentations in schools under the guise of mental health and anti-addiction seminars.

JUUL didn’t quit this behavior until federal and state governments started investigations and threatening the company with fines and legislation. And they only started putting sufficient nicotine warnings on their products when forced to by law. But millions of people have already used JUUL products without knowing the dangers, including an untold number of teens. Many of whom now have a nicotine addiction.

Fighting for Justice

JUUL is busy trying to clean up its act now, but the damage has been done. If you’re one of the tens of thousands of people who used JUUL products as a minor and then acquired a nicotine addiction, you may be facing health damage from nicotine in the future, as well the pain, discomfort, and cost of trying to quit. We think you should be compensated for that and JUUL should be held accountable for that harm.

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FAQ

-What about other kinds of damage besides nicotine addiction?

We Fight For The People whenever a corporation or manufacturer fails to keep products sold to the public safe. There have been multiple incidents of e-cigarettes exploding or catching on fire and causing injury, as well as scores of reports of cancer or other lung-related illnesses linked to e-cigarette use. If you or a family member has suffered an injury or illness related to a JUUL or another e-cigarette device, please contact us right away for a free consultation. We want to pursue justice and the potential for compensation on your behalf.

-Is there an age limit for a JUUL lawsuit?

At this time, we are only filing claims filed on behalf of JUUL users who became addicted before they turned 18.

-Can I file a claim on behalf of my child?

You can. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child or teen who has become addicted to nicotine because of their JUUL use, you have the right to file a lawsuit on their behalf. We want to help you potentially recover compensation that could be used towards the treatment of that addiction, as well as other associated costs.

Philips CPAP and Sleep Apnea Machines

Dangers of Philips CPAP & Sleep Apnea Machines

Many people who suffer from sleep apnea used a device from Philips Respironics, and instead of it helping them sleep better, it caused cancer in many users. There’s nothing more frustrating than putting your trust in a medical device and a company that claims it can help you, only to have it injure you instead.

If you were injured as a result of the Philips sleep apnea machine, we want to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact Criswell Law Office today for a free case review.

The Issue With Philips CPAP And Sleep Apnea Machines

Philips recalled millions of CPAP and other sleep apnea machines because many users were breathing toxic foam caused by a defect with their machines. Ingesting this toxic foam can cause cancer and other major health problems. Aside from causing cancer, many users also reported headaches, upper airway irritations, coughing, chest pressure, sinus infections, asthma, damage to their liver and kidneys, nausea, vomiting, and increased breathing problems.

Class Action Lawsuit

In June 2021, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Philips in Massachusetts. The lawsuit claims that Philips knew about the toxic foam and the severe health issues it was causing people for years. There are claims that users had been complaining about the issues for many years, but Philips didn’t issue a public warning until April 2021. It was another two months, June 14th, 2021, before Philips recalled the devices. Interestingly, Philips didn’t announce the recall of their machines until right around the time that they were coming out with a newer device. Many patients who desperately need these devices had no choice but to purchase the newer machine, meaning Philips continued to profit even after they made the recall of their current machine public.

Philips Lawsuits Are Based On 2 Violations:

1. Design Defect
One of the reasons people were filing lawsuits against Philips is for the simple fact that the devices they sold to patients were defective and dangerous. The foam they used in the device is so toxic that when it degrades it can cause cancer. 

2. Failure To Warn
Not only did Philips use materials in their medical devices that were incredibly dangerous, but they failed to warn the public as soon as they became aware of the risks. There are allegations that users had been complaining of health issues as a result of the foam for years. At the very least, Philips became aware of the issue in April 2021 and didn’t issue a recall until the middle of June 2021. This means that people continued to buy and use the machines for at least two months, despite the fact that Philips knew the risks.