How Veterans Suffering from Hearing Loss and Tinnitus can Receive Compensation
In 2018, a 3M Earplug Lawsuit was filed against the 3M Company because the 3M earplugs that were used by the military from 2oo3-2015 were found to be defective. The original manufacturer and designer of the 3M earplug, Aearo Company, was aware of the defects in this product, and a case of fraud was added to the litigation. 3M Company purchased the Aearo Company in 2008.
The settlement for the plaintiff in 2018 was for the amount of 9.1 million dollars, but the 3M Company did not accept responsibility. Since most of the claims were from men and women who had served in the military during this time, most of the claims have been from members of the Army, Navy, and Air Force who served in Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
However, civilians who have experienced hearing loss due to these defective earplugs may also file. In fact, even though the suit was initially settled, victims who have had hearing problems can still file a claim. One of the most active firms in Michigan dealing with 3M Earplug Lawsuit claims is Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. We have the experience and knowledge of this issue to ensure excellent representation if you have a claim.
What Can You Claim?
In filing a claim against the 3M Company, you are making a statement that it is unjust and unethical for large corporations to produce products that can cause harm to the people who use them.
In the case of the 3M Company, not only did they design and manufacture defective earplugs, but they also hid the defect from the public and the military personnel who used them to prevent hearing loss. In addition, because this involves the loss of hearing or a permanent discomfort with tinnitus, a ringing in the ears, these people’s lives will never be the same again.
Some of the conditions and underlying reasons that allow a victim to receive compensation can include medical fees, social issues, and emotional stress. For instance, the victim can claim the expenses for seeing a physician and receiving treatment, and they can also claim the costs of medications and assistive devices like hearing aids or other aids to improve on the loss of hearing.
The emotional stress and permanent damage can also be life changing. Losing part of the ability to communicate with family and friends without the use of special hearing devices or maybe even having to learn to read lips can cause depression and withdrawal from everyday life.
Socially, a person suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus may also lose wages or even lose their job if the loss of hearing is a factor in them being able to perform their current job. A claim for pain and suffering can be in order under certain circumstances.
All these reasons are grounds for compensation as a result of a 3m Earplug Lawsuit, and a product liability attorney at our law firm can uncover all the reasons that apply to your particular case.
The lawsuit filed in 2018 against the 3M Company and its affiliate, Aearo Company for their role in producing, distributing, and not acknowledging a defective earplug has caused much injury and damage to the military personnel who used them with the hope of preventing hearing loss.
This earplug was to have been a solution to an existing problem inherent to the military but ended up being a major cause of hearing loss. If you are a victim in this situation, the law firm of Cochran Kroll & Associates, P.C. has the experience to guide you to receive the appropriate compensation for your claim. Contact us at Cochranlaw.com or call us at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) for a free consultation. Our law firm never charges a fee unless we win your case.