Between 2003 and 2015, American soldiers stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones were issued faulty earplugs. The manufacturer of these earplugs, 3M, knew that the earplugs had a design flaw that could result in severe hearing loss. Yet despite knowing this, they continued their contract with the government without a word that the earplugs could be dangerous.
If you are a vet who served in Iraq or Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015 and suffered severe hearing loss or tinnitus, please call injury lawyer Karl Truman today at 502-222-2222. Karl Truman is a former Army officer himself, and the welfare of the veteran community in Louisville and Jeffersonville is one of his highest priorities.
Were You Affected by Faulty Military-Issued Earplugs?
The 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs version 2 were issued to soldiers deployed to overseas combat zones. The earplugs had a distinctive light and dark appearance. 3M was the exclusive manufacturer of military earplugs for overseas deployment, so if you were deployed between 2003 and 2015, chances are high you used them.
The earplugs were meant to have a dual-ended design. The yellow end would allow some noise through so that soldiers could hear commands while still being protected from the noise of gunfire and explosions. The dark end would be a more total, complete noise-canceling option. However, there was a design flaw where the earplugs would not sit properly in the ear, allowing noise through and leading to hearing damage.
You may be eligible for compensation if you:
- Were deployed overseas into an active combat zone between 2003 and 2015
- Suffered hearing loss or tinnitus in one or both ears as a result of this deployment
Hearing loss and tinnitus are some of the most common injuries that veterans suffer from. It is unacceptable that 3M did not recall their earplugs even after learning that they were defective, instead choosing to deliberately leave soldiers’ hearing unprotected.
Help Hold Earplug Manufacturer 3M Responsible
3M has already been sued and paid out a settlement of 9.1 million dollars to the U.S. government in a whistleblower case brought by a rival earplug manufacturer. If you join the fight and sue as well, this reinforces the position that what 3M did was irresponsible and reckless, and will not be tolerated.
If you were a victim of the faulty earplugs, you could receive damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income due to inability to work
- Expenses such as hearing aids
Karl Truman has experience helping veterans get the care and compensation they need, and he will treat you with compassion and respect throughout the entire process.
Schedule Your Faulty Earplug Consultation Today
If you were a victim of faulty earplugs issued by the military, contact Karl Truman today at 502-222-2222 to schedule your complimentary, confidential, no-obligation consultation. We serve the veteran community in Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana.