3M Defective Earplug Lawyers in NJ
When Should I Call 3M Defective Combat Earplug Lawyers?
Are you suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus after serving in the U.S. Military in combat zones? If so, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses and should consult 3M defective earplug lawyers in NJ at the law firm of McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt as soon as possible.
A Background of the 3M Earplug Lawsuit
In 2000 Aearo Technologies, Inc. developed Combat Arms Earplugs. Their employees tested the earplugs for their effectiveness; afterwhich, the U.S. Government offered a contract to the company to supply the U.S. Military with the product. Later on it was alleged that Aearo manipulated the testing results and was aware of the design flaw as early as 2000.
In 2008, 3M bought Aearo Technologies, Inc. In May 2016, Moldex-Metric, Inc., a competitor of 3M, filed whistleblower lawsuit under the False Claims Act. The U.S. Department of Justice joined the lawsuit. In 2018, a court ordered 3M to pay back the government and settle for $9.1 million. Moldex-Metric, Inc. will receive $1.9 million and the injured veterans will have the right to file their own lawsuit against 3M.
3M, nor Aearo Technologies, Inc., have taken responsibility for the product defect, nor have they accepted liability. Even so, they did agree to the settlement. Hiring 3M defective earplug lawyers in NJ could help you get the compensation you deserve.
Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Among US Military Personnel
According to the U.S. Veterans Affairs, nearly 3 million veterans suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus and receive partial or full disability benefits.
Tinnitus – A medical condition characterized by ringing in the ears that may be constant or intermittent. This is the most common disability among veterans and can occur when the eardrums were exposed to explosions, gunfire, machinery, and aircraft. Tinnitus can have life altering consequences that may result in difficulty sleeping and concentrating. Usually, it is permanent. Signs of tinnitus include:
- Ringing in the ear
- Hissing in the ear
- Roaring in the ear
- Whistling in the ear
- Buzzing in the ear
Hearing Loss – The 3M defective earplugs are also said to have caused hearing loss which may include all or some of a person’s hearing. It is often a long term or permanent condition and may be untreatable. Signs of hearing loss may include:
- Inability to hear others
- Difficulty understanding others
- Having to ask others to speak up
- Hearing muffled sounds
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to sounds
Utilizing 3M Defective Earplug Lawyers in New Jersey
By settling with the government, 3M has been able to resolve the allegations against them – even though they have not accepted liability. Their settlement will not be automatically given to service members whose hearing has been affected. Rather, in order to receive compensation, you must file a lawsuit against 3M on your own.
You should not pursue compensation without 3M defective earplug lawyers in NJ who can ensure you get maximum damages for medical treatment, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
If you have lost your hearing or been diagnosed with tinnitus, and served in combat zones in 2003 to 2015, we encourage you to call our NJ 3M defective earplug lawyers at the law firm of McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt as soon as possible.