Cincinnati, Ohio Product Liability attorney and Veterans Affairs disability benefits lawyer investigating military tinnitus and veteran hearing loss due to defective 3M combat earplugs
Due to a range of military action and tasks, veteran hearing loss and tinnitus are among the most common disabilities seen following military service. Some reports say up to 60 percent of active servicemen in the U.S. end up with some kind of hearing disability, and veteran hearing loss claims are rising.
Not only are veterans imperiled by high-decibel situations, but claims of defective earplugs provided by the military and government contractors have worsened what was already a serious health risk to veterans. Class action lawsuits have been filed against 3M for providing the military with ineffective and defectively designed combat earplugs for many years.
The 3M earplugs allegedly failed to provide protection against noise, and lead directly to tinnitus and veteran hearing loss. As a result, active duty servicemen and veterans have filed product liability lawsuits against 3M Company for the defective products, provided by the military since 2003. Plaintiffs claim the company knew of the limitations of their combat earplugs and failed to redesign them or warn of the potential defects.
The Lyon Firm is proud to represent veterans in tinnitus and hearing loss disability claims, as well as in class action lawsuits against 3M for failing to provide effective equipment to those serving in the nation’s armed forces.
Veteran Hearing Loss & Earplug Defects
Tinnitus is described as a ringing of the ears, and is very common for those serving in the military. Those on flight decks, firing ranges and in combat zones are likely to be exposed to a range of loud noises. Earplugs are issued by the military, and 3M provided the military with millions of pairs of earplugs.
Many plaintiffs involved in the 3M Earplug Defect lawsuits state that they regularly wore the Combat Arms Earplugs, and yet they still suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss, some of which may be permanent.
The defective 3M earplugs were designed to largely limit loud noises and at the same time hear spoken commands and other quieter sounds. But the company failed to warn that the earplugs may be ineffective for some. Lawyers involved in the case say the company was even aware of the earplug defects and chose not to inform the military.
Plaintiffs also say 3M failed to provide proper instructions for use. 3M marketed the Combat Arms Earplugs (CAE) earplugs to the military to protect against loud noises “like those in tracked vehicles and air transport.”
In July 2018, 3M settled a $9.1 million case with the Department of Justice over the Combat Arms earplug problems, though veteran hearing loss and tinnitus for many has not gone away. In fact, the amount of product liability 3M earplug lawsuits filed nationwide is expected to increase.
If you or a loved one has suffered from tinnitus or veteran hearing loss due to ineffective combat earplugs, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a VA disability and product liability lawyer, and he will help you answer critical questions about earplug defect lawsuits.