Military Personnel Suffer Hearing Loss And Tinnitus Due To Faulty Earplugs By 3M
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If you’ve served in the U.S. Military between 2003 and 2015 and suffered hearing damage, please contact our attorneys at 1-800-515-1496 for a free case evaluation. You have the right to be compensated for your hearing loss.
3M AGREES TO PAY $9.1 MILLION TO SETTLE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST IT
In July 2018, 3M Company agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold combat earplugs with design defects to the United States Military. The defect prevented the earplugs from fitting properly in all individuals. The Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) are now discontinued. The earplugs were standard equipment for soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq between 2003 and 2015.
The CAEv2 earplugs are dual-ended, meaning one end provided the traditional earplug experience and the other end allowed for normal hearing while protecting the eardrum from gunfire and explosions. According to the complaint, 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the Combat Arm Earplugs were too short for proper insertion and could loosen gradually, failing to protect the ears. The settlement resolves that 3M violated the False Claims Act by selling defective earplugs to the Defense Logistics Agency.
HEARING LOSS IN UNITED STATES MILITARY VETERANS
According to an article published by the AARP, more than 2.7 million veterans receive disability benefits for hearing loss or tinnitus. Hearing injury is the top service-related medical issue for military veterans. Experts believe the number is actually higher with many veterans’ hearing loss not officially documented. Tinnitus is the number one disability. People with tinnitus say they hear ringing sounds, buzzing sounds or other high-pitched noises. Veterans receive hearing loss due to noise exposure from gunfire, aircraft, tanks, heavy equipment and roadside bombs.
VETERANS HAVE RIGHT TO FINANCIAL COMPENSATION FROM 3M FOR HEARING LOSS AND DAMAGE
3M should be held accountable to not only the U.S. Department of Justice, but also directly to the military veterans suffering hearing loss and hearing damage due to faulty CAEv2 earplugs. Our hearing loss lawyers will provide military veterans with a free case evaluation. You can fill out the form on our website, or call us at 1-800-515-1496, and one of our attorneys specializing in hearing damage will assist you.
This is a FREE case evaluation for military veterans who served between 2003 and 2015, wore Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2, and suffered hearing loss or now have tinnitus.
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