Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is currently evaluating hearing impairment cases linked to 3M Dual-Ended Military Earplugs. If you or a loved one were deployed between 2003 – 2015, were issued 3M dual-ended military earplugs during service, and now suffer from permanent hearing loss or tinnitus – you may be entitled to compensation for damages.
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If you or a loved one meet the following criteria, you may be entitled to recover compensation:
Location of Military Men & Women Affected
Military service men and women most likely issued defective 3M dual-ended military earplugs served domestically and in the following war zones:
- Indian Ocean – Operation Ocean Shield
- North-West Pakistan – War on Terror
- Operation Ocean Shield in the Indian Ocean
3M needs to be held accountable for placing the well-being of our countries protectors in harm’s way for profit. Any company that designs, distributes, and/or sells defective products that cause a person to harm should be held liable for injuries suffered.
Alleged Design Defect & Hearing Loss
Under the False Claims Act in May 2016, a whistleblower lawsuit brought allegations against 3M claiming the company knowingly sold and distributed defective earplugs to the U.S. Military between 2003 to 2015. The lawsuit further claimed that the company knew of this design defect back in 2000 and covered it up.
As a military contractor, 3M then received millions of dollars from the government in payment for the now allegedly defective earplugs. These earplugs were then issued to military personnel that would most likely be exposed to ongoing loud noises – such as explosions and gunshots.
(DOJ) investigation revealed that 3M dual-ended military earplugs were ineffective in properly blocking loud noises.
During an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), it was revealed that 3M dual-ended military earplugs were ineffective in properly blocking loud noises. In fact, the earplugs were too short and would not stay firmly in place within a soldier’s ears. This design defect kept the earplugs from properly protecting any user’s ears. Which meant that each time they used the earplugs, soldiers were unknowingly putting themselves at risk of later suffering hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
The whistleblower lawsuit came to a head in July 2018 when 3M Company agreed to pay $9.1 million to the U.S. Military to resolve claims that the company knowingly sold the defective earplugs to the government. However, despite 3M agreeing to pay a settlement amount, the company never accepted liability for the defective military earplugs.
Compensation for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
At Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, we believe that 3M should recompense military men and women harmed by their companies willingful negligence. If you or a loved one served in the military and suffer from permanent hearing loss or tinnitus after wearing the 3M earplugs from 2003 to 2015, you may be entitled to compensation.
Potential compensations that you may be eligible to recover include:
- Disability – permanent or temporary
- Emotional anguish/distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages – past and future
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
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