Ohio Product Liability Lawyer and VA Disability Attorney representing injured plaintiffs nationwide in Veteran Ear Injury Lawsuits involving defective earplugs from 3M
Hearing loss and veteran ear injury is said to be a cost of war. So many war veterans return with ear injuries that of all the veterans seeking VA care, about 20 percent have some kind of hearing loss. The military does supply soldiers with ear protection, however, it has been found defective and ineffective in many cases.
3M sold the United States Military their Combat Arms Earplugs for 18 years, from 2000 to 2018, when it was discovered the earplugs were defective in their design, and put many soldiers at risk of hearing loss and tinnitus. A recent whistleblower lawsuit uncovered the 3M earplug scandal, in which the company was hit with a $9 million settlement, recovered by the government. However, the numerous veterans and soldiers that suffer from hearing loss and veteran ear injury now have not yet been compensated.
In high noise situations—gun range, helicopter and plane runways, and in combat—soldiers relied on the earplugs to protect their hearing, dampening the loud sound of weapons and jet engines. Veteran ear injury reports include significant hearing loss and tinnitus.
The Department of Justice announced that 3M Company agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold defective dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) to the United States military without disclosing the known defects.
Some veterans have said the earplugs would easily slip out of the ear, or one of the ends would fall off. The qui tam lawsuit filed by the United States alleged that 3M and Aearo Technologies, Inc., knew the CAEv2 earplugs were too short for proper insertion into veterans ears and that the earplugs could loosen with a soldier realizing it.
3M marketed the Combat Arms Earplugs (CAE) earplugs to the military and claimed they “meet the demanding hearing protection needs of the armed forces,” and that they allow “greater situational awareness than a common foam earplug yet helps attenuate dangerous peak levels,” and the earplugs “protect against high-level steady noises like those in tracked vehicles and air transport.”
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio VA Disability Lawyer and Product Liability Attorney investigating claims of 3M earplug defects and subsequent veteran ear injury cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered a veteran ear injury due to defective 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 lawyer, and he will help you answer these critical questions.