Faulty Military Earplugs Causing Hearing Loss – You may be entitled to compensation
If you or a loved one are a U.S. military service member, veteran or contractor who was deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015 and have been diagnosed with partial or total hearing loss or suffer from tinnitus, you may have a claim against 3M.
How were the earplugs defective?
Hearing loss and tinnitus are some of the most common ailments suffered by military personnel. The Veterans Administration has reported that there were over 1.6 million veterans seeking medical care for chronic tinnitus in just the last year!
The earplugs were designed so that they could be used on one end as traditional earplugs (yellow end) or flipped around (black or green end) to protect against louder noises such as explosions and gunfire. The Department of Justice alleged that 3M knew the earplugs did not fit well as they were too short or would loosen in some users’ ears to the point that they were unable to effectively mitigate excessive noise thereby causing the exact type of ear damage they were expressly designed to alleviate. There were additional allegations that 3M manipulated test results in order to comply with government standards.