Schneider Hammers is probing claims from current military personnel and veterans who believe they suffered hearing damage from substandard 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. The concern relates to Version 2 (CAEv2). If you were in the military between 2003 and 2015 and used these earplugs, you may be eligible for compensation.
The 3M Company is a Minnesota based conglomerate which provided earplugs to the US military. 3M designed the earplugs to block out blasts and other loud noises in combat and testing. The products were also supposed to enable soldiers to hear commands and approaching enemies.
However, ongoing lawsuits allege that 3M knew some of the earplugs were defective but neglected to notify the government. As a result, some members of the military may have suffered some form of hearing loss. We want active duty military personnel and veterans to get the compensation they deserve if they suffered hearing damage.
Why Do the Earplugs Allegedly Cause Harm?
Thousands of soldiers, including those stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, used 3M’s Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2). The earplugs were designed by Aearo Technologies which 3M acquired in 2008. It is possible the defect led to tinnitus (ringing in the ears), partial hearing loss or complete hearing loss.
In 2018, a whistleblower issued a warning about a design flaw. The U.S. Department of Justice’s investigated the report and 3M paid the federal government $9.1 million. This was an effort to resolve the allegations that they supplied the earplugs even though they knew about the flaw. The earplugs were discontinued. However, the claims remain mere allegations since there was no determination of liability. Veterans continue to seek damages from 3M.
How Do the Plugs Cause Harm?
It has been alleged that the earplugs had a design flaw which was due to their symmetrical nature. Instead of forming a tight seal when used as instructed, they may have loosened imperceptibly during wear. This meant they could allow loud sounds like explosions and gunfire to enter the ears and cause injury to the wearer.
How Can I File a 3M Earplugs Lawsuit?
If you believe your hearing was damaged by 3M earplugs, you’ll need to get proof. As with any case involving injuries and negligence, you’ll need a medical report from a physician. To file a lawsuit, you must have:
- A diagnosis of tinnitus at or around the time you were discharged from the military and/or
- A diagnosis of hearing loss leading to a US Department of Veterans Affairs’ impairment rating.
When you meet with our personal injury attorneys, we will ask for evidence of your claims of hearing loss. This is absolutely necessary if you want to file a 3M Earplugs lawsuit. Hearing problems are very common among veterans. However, it was traditionally very difficult to argue that someone else’s negligence was a factor. In light of the 3M settlement, servicemen and women now know the earplugs could have caused their injuries.
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If you or a loved one was deployed between 2003 and 2015 and you were diagnosed with hearing problems, contact Schneider Hammers. It doesn’t matter whether you have partial hearing loss, total hearing loss or tinnitus. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries if they were due to a design defect. 3M is a big company and going up against them on your own would be challenging. However, we have the skills, experience, and resources to get you the help you need.
Your lawsuit could seek compensation for both economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses include medical bills and the cost of hearing aids and other assistive devices. You may also be able to get damages for lost earning capacity. Non-economic losses include pain and suffering and mental anguish caused by your reduced ability to communicate. If you’ve suffered other losses because of hearing loss, we may also be able to recover damages.
We’ve handled thousands of cases and recovered millions of dollars for clients through verdicts or settlements. Your first consultation is free, and we won’t charge you any fees unless we recover a settlement. Our contingency fee will be between 20% and 40% of the amount we secure for you. Contact us today to discuss your legal options!