Thousands of military members working in Iraq and Afghanistan rely on their gear to keep them safe from harm. Between loud explosions and deafening gunfire, earplugs are essential for service men and women who are working hard to protect our country. Unfortunately, the earplugs sold to the U.S. military for the past decade have caused several hearing problems due to a defect that prevents the devices from staying in the ear properly. According to The United States Department of Justice, the company who manufactured these earplugs knew about the faulty design, yet continued to sell them for military use anyways.
If you served in the military between 2003 and 2015 and suffered hearing issues after using 3M earplugs, you may be eligible for compensation. At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our firm’s motto is Power, Passion, & Dedication™. We exemplify each of these qualities in every case we take and we are proud of the way we fight for the rights of our clients.
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In an effort to protect military members from hearing damage, the U.S. military Defense Logistics Agency purchased Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 from 3M Company. The earplugs were originally created by Aearo Technologies, Inc. before 3M took control. According to the whistleblower, when 3M took over, they knew about the product defects. Nevertheless, 3M continued to sell the earplugs to the U.S. military, knowing they could cause soldiers irreparable hearing damage.
The dual-ended earplugs were designed to protect soldiers from damaging noise, but due to a serious flaw, the devices regularly slipped out of soldiers’ ears. The flaw led the earplugs to be too short to work properly in some solders’ ears, which meant they would loosen imperceptibly and become less effective. When improperly worn, the earplugs would fail to protect soldiers from serious or permanent hearing damage.
Soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015 are at risk of sustaining hearing damage due to defective Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs. Whether the devices were worn in training or during combat, they could have subjected soldiers to damaging noise levels.
Soldiers who wore the defective earplugs may have suffered from the following afflictions:
3M has admitted fault for selling the military defective earplugs and has agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve the issue. By knowingly selling the military defective products and failing to disclose those defects to the Defense Logistics Agency, 3M violated the False Claims Act and put countless soldiers at risk.
If you or someone you love suffered hearing damage, including tinnitus, you may have a personal injury claim. Any military member who served between 2003 and 2015 could have worn the defective earplugs and suffered permanent or lasting hearing damage as a result. If you were injured, you deserve to seek justice for the harm you suffered.
Do you think you have a case? Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. today to discuss your situation with our Kansas City personal injury lawyers.
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