Military Ear Plug Lawsuit

Hearing loss and tinnitus are real issues for people doing military service for the United States armed forces and who may experience loud noises from explosions or machinery. There is a strong expectation that those who serve their country will be equipped with the best standards of equipment available to protect them from risk.

But when there is a failure on the part of those providing such equipment, then there must be legal redress for any hearing damage or personal injury suffered as a result.

In 2017 alone, over one million armed forces veterans received disability payments for hearing loss and nearly two million for tinnitus.

What is the Background?

Between 2003 and 2015, the US military were supplied with dual-ended earplugs, at first by Aearo Technologies Inc., and then by 3M after they took over the company in 2008.

Then in 2016, Moldex-Metric Inc. filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming that many of the earplugs supplied had been defective and it also alleged that 3M knew about the defective earplugs but continued to fraudulently supply them.

While avoiding any admission of guilt, 3M settled the 2018 earplug lawsuit out of court and paid $9.1 million to settle the claim. With claims that Aearo and 3M company employees knew about the defects as early as 2000, serving and former service members still continue to come forward to file combat arms earplugs lawsuits.

The Department of Justice sees the settlement as testimony to their ongoing work in enforcing the False Claims Act.

FAQs

  • Can I make a claim? If you are a former member of the armed forces who served between 2003 and 2015 and have experienced hearing problems – or now have to wear hearing aids – that is not related to a pre-existing condition you may be able to make a claim. You must have been issued and used 3M earplugs at some point during your service and you cannot have been dishonorably discharged. Family members can also claim on your behalf.
  • What will filing a claim cost me? Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. are pursuing these claims on a contingency fee basis. So you will not pay any fees unless we win your case.
  • How much will my claim be worth? As with any personal injury case, damages awarded can vary according to circumstances. But you may be due an award that will cover factors such as related medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any loss of wages due to your hearing issues.
  • Will you file an individual claim on my behalf? Due to the very nature of these cases, with millions of servicemen and women using them over such a long period, we will possibly work with other law firms to consolidate the cases into what is known as multi-district litigation(MDL).

If you think you may have been affected by 3M earplugs while serving in the armed forces, it is important that you act quickly. You can schedule a free appointment with us by calling (866)-466-9912.

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