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Veterans File Lawsuits Against 3M for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
Hundreds of veterans across the nation are obtaining legal assistance and filing lawsuits against 3M for manufacturing and selling defective ear plugs to the United States military. The dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs (CAEv2) were issued to military members serving from 2003-2015.
3M failed to properly test the ear plugs and concealed the fact that they knew the ear plugs did not meet the military safety standards. 3M knowingly pushed the ear plugs anyway in order to obtain the multi-million dollar government contract, and military veterans are the ones suffering because of 3M’s irresponsible actions.
Current and former service members have been diagnosed with permanent hearing loss and tinnitus as a result of these faulty earplugs. The Veteran’s Administration says millions of veterans are receiving disability compensation for hearing loss and tinnitus. Tinnitus causes a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. Those diagnosed with tinnitus also often suffer from depression and anxiety because of the inability to concentrate or sleep due to the ringing sound in their ears.
After a whistleblower came forward and disclosed the defects of the ear plugs and how the company knew about it, 3M decided to settle with the federal government and pay over $9 million. Veterans filing lawsuits against 3M may obtain a settlement to help offset medical bills, pain, and lost wages.
Contact Baron & Budd
If you have suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after using the dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs (CAEv2) while you were enlisted from 2003-2015, please contact Baron & Budd for a free consultation. Our firm has significant experience in these types of cases, and we have the resources and expertise necessary to give our clients their best chance for success. Please call us at 866-723-1890 or contact us online for more information.