3M Combat Earplug Hearing Loss Claims
In July 2018, the popular company, and brand 3M, was ordered to compensate victims of hearing loss and tinnitus by the U.S. Department of Justice. The lawsuit was filed by a whistleblower, and later on the D.O.J., for selling the government defective earplugs which were used by millions of deployed military personnel. To date, a very large number of veterans have suffered from hearing loss and tinnitus which was likely caused by 3Ms Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2).
Is a Settlement with 3M for Hearing Loss Caused by Combat Ear Plugs Available for You?
If you are a U.S. military veteran, a current service member, or a military contractor, and you used 3Ms Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2), it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the company. McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt is currently reviewing cases that involve 3M earplug claims.
If the following apply to you, please call us as soon as possible:
- You were on active duty in foreign combat zones between 2003 and 2015.
- You used 3Ms Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2).
- You have been diagnosed with temporary,, long term, or permanent hearing loss or tinnitus while you served or after.
A settlement with 3M for hearing loss caused by Combat earplugs may be available to cover:
- Medical care
- Hearing aids
- Treatment to improve your hearing
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Temporary or permanent damages
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How Does 3Ms Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) Cause Damage to the Ears
3Ms Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) were originally created by Aearo Technologies, Inc. In 2008, 3M acquired the company and its employees. According to the lawsuit, Aearo knew about the defective earplugs as early as 2000. It was also claimed that Aearo was manipulating test results in order to meet the strict standards of the U.S. Government.
In 2003, Aearo was able to convince the government to purchase the earplugs, via military contract, for U.S. military personnel. Troops in all branches of the U.S. Military were issued these ear plugs. Those were were in combat zones like Iraq or Afghanistan expected these ear plugs to block out loud noises like gunfire, aircraft, and explosions. Consequently, the 3Ms Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) did not work in the way they were supposed to; thereby, allowing dangerous levels of sounds to penetrate through the ear canal and into the eardrum, leading to:
- Partial or full hearing loss
- Chronic tinnitus
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has said that there is a sharp increase in hearing related problems in service personnel. Over 1 million people have been diagnosed with hearing loss and nearly 2 million with tinnitus. This is likely to be attributed to 3Ms Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2).
If You Have Suffered from Hearing Loss or Tinnitus while Serving in U.S. Combat Zones, Call McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt
Even though you might have worn the 3M earplugs many years ago, it may be possible to recover compensation. The first thing you should do is to contact a lawyer for 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawyer as soon as possible.