3M Combat Arms Earplugs: Am I Entitled to Compensation?
In the summer of 2018, 3M (formerly Aearo Technologies, Inc.) settled a case they had pending with the U.S. Department of Justice. The case involved 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) which were faulty and worn by all branches of the U.S. military both in the Iraq War and in Afghanistan.
The earplugs were worn by servicemen and women in the Army, Navy, and the Air Force from 2003 to 2015. And now thousands of veterans have complained of hearing loss and tinnitus since returning from duty. These earplugs may be the reason why.
Upon hearing of the settlement reached by 3M, many veterans wrongly believe they can no longer receive compensation for their injuries. However, anyone who has worn the earplugs and is now experiencing injuries or hearing loss may be entitled to compensation. A 3M defect earplug attorney could help them get it.
How are 3M Earplugs Faulty?
The Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) are dual ended with the intention of offering the wearer two levels of protection. One end fits into the ear canal, blocking the loud noises of gunshots, explosions, aircraft, and bombs. The other end sits outside of the ear canal, also blocking noise from entering the ear canal.
The problem with the earplugs is that the portion made to fit inside the ear canal was not long enough. After just a short amount of time of being in the ear, the earplug would loosen imperceptibly and the loud noises troops face every day would enter the ear. Being constantly subjected to these noises can result in hearing loss and tinnitus. These are the conditions currently affecting a large number of veterans. Now, those same veterans can claim compensation for their injuries.
Claiming Compensation for Injuries Resulting from CAEv2
Although some veterans injured by the earplugs may have used them over a decade ago, they may still file a lawsuit to claim compensation. Tinnitus and hearing loss are both very common conditions among veterans. However, until recently, injured veterans may have had difficulty proving that the defective earplugs caused their injuries. Before the settlement of the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit made headlines around the country, many may not have even been aware that the earplugs caused their injuries. Now, however, they do.
A comprehensive 3M defective earplugs lawsuit could seek compensation for economic losses such as medical bills and lost earning potential. Additionally, it could cover the costs of any hearing aids or other corrective measures necessary to help treat hearing loss. A lawsuit could also cover the noneconomic losses associated with their injuries such as pain and suffering and mental anguish due to being unable to communicate with loved ones. An experienced defective earplugs lawyer could further determine what compensation may be available.
Contact a 3M Defective Earplug Attorney Who Could Help
If you or a loved one wore the CAEv2 earplugs and have experienced any type of hearing loss or tinnitus, speak to an accomplished lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation but going up against a company as large as 3M can still be challenging.
An attorney will have the experience necessary to successfully settle your 3M hearing loss case or, if needed, argue your case in court. Get the help you need today by calling now.