Hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most common disabilities that veterans suffer from, and a recent whistleblower lawsuit against a military contractor sheds light on a possible reason why. 3M, the company which was solely responsible for manufacturing military grade earplugs for soldiers deployed overseas from 2003 to 2015, was recently sued for covering up a defect in their earplugs that rendered them ineffective. This defect led to many soldiers suffering severe hearing loss and tinnitus.
Louisville and Jeffersonville attorney Karl Truman is currently taking cases against 3M. If you are a veteran who served overseas between 2003 and 2015 and suffered hearing loss or tinnitus, call Karl Truman at 212-222-2222 today for your complimentary consultation.
Hearing Loss: The “Silent Epidemic” Among Military Veterans
A study published by the VA in 2015 found that over a million vets were receiving disability coverage for hearing loss, while 1.6 million vets were receiving coverage for tinnitus. While some hearing loss on the battlefield may be inevitable, defective earplugs do nothing to help.
Soldiers expect that the equipment they are given will at least perform to bare minimum standards. Discovering that these earplugs had a defect that the manufacturer knew about and did nothing to address is a severe breach of trust.
While 3M has already agreed to pay out over $9 million to the government, many veterans are pursuing individual lawsuits against 3M. If you suffered severe hearing loss from the use of defective earplugs, please contact Karl Truman today. You deserve compensation for your loss of hearing that occurred because of one company’s greed.
Do You Have a Case Against 3M?
You may have a case against 3M if:
- You were deployed overseas between 2003 and 2015
- You suffered hearing loss or tinnitus during your deployment
- You used the 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs during your deployment
The Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs have a distinctive cone-shaped, dual-ended design with a yellow end and a dark end that may appear dark green or black. They had a design flaw where the cone was not long enough to insert properly into the ear, which led to noise leaking through and causing damage.
Hearing loss and tinnitus are serious conditions that can lead to a loss in quality of life. Damage to the inner ear can also cause balance issues, which many veterans suffer from. If you suffer from deafness, tinnitus, balance issues, or all three, you may discover that it’s difficult to concentrate or work properly.
Disability checks can only go so far, which is why we encourage you to seek the compensation you deserve. You can help hold 3M responsible for the damage they caused with their carelessness and indifference to soldiers’ health.
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If you think you may have been affected by defective military earplugs, don't hesitate to contact personal injury lawyer Karl Truman at 212-222-2222 for your complimentary, no-obligation consultation. We serve clients in Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN.