Military Hearing Loss

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In a remarkable settlement in July 2018, the 3M corporation agreed to pay $9.1 million to the U.S. Government in a False Claims Act lawsuit to settle allegations that it knowingly supplied the United States military with defective earplugs. The lawsuit brought on behalf of the government alleged that the company covered up the fact that the dual-ended earplugs could slightly loosen, allowing hearing damage to occur and that thousands of service members were supplied the defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs from 2003 to 2015.

3M Combat Arms Earplugs

Minneapolis-based 3M manufactured these dual-ended earplugs for hearing protection from close range firearms and other loud impact noises. Due to the defective design, the earplugs can slightly loosen and subtly move out of the ear canal just enough for the loud sounds to cause hearing damage. According to reports, 3M knew of these design defects, but knowingly sold them to the US military from 2003-2015.

What risks are associated with 3M Combat Arms Earplugs?

Active Duty and combat veterans have reported injuries, including:

  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
  • Permanent hearing damage
  • Deafness

Were you issued 3M Combat Arms earplugs in the military?

Our firm is pursuing claims of Active Duty members and Veterans who suffered hearing  loss and tinnitus as a result of noise exposure while utilizing 3M combat arms earplugs. Military personnel who were diagnosed with these problems after using the defective earplugs may file lawsuits against the manufacturer alleging that 3M knowingly supplied the defective earplugs to servicemembers leaving them vulnerable to hearing damage, hearing loss and tinnitus.

Filing a claim against 3M could help you recover compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Past lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Permanent or temporary disability
  • Punitive damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Free Lunch & Learn

Veterans & Active-Duty Service Members

Williams Law Group is pleased to offer a Lunch and Learn Seminar in the Fort Benning / Columbus / Phenix City area.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Audiologist Gordon Stanfield, PhD will be the firm’s featured speaker presenting on:

  • The human hearing mechanism
  • Noise exposure dynamics and how it causes damage to auditory function
  • Hearing loss, Tinnitus, and the cognitive correlation
  • Incremental additional hearing loss from presbycusis or age-related hearing loss
  • And, other health ramifications of hearing loss

Attorney update on the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Case will also be provided.

Lunch will be provided.

If you used these dual sided earplugs and believe you have hearing loss or tinnitus, please call for more information on this complimentary Lunch and Learn seminar which will present information on hearing loss,  tinnitus and the military earplugs case.

For 30 years Williams Law Group has represented individuals and families harmed as a result of negligence of others. From cancer and lung disease caused by toxic job-related exposure to work-site related hearing loss, and  families and businesses who suffered economic damage due to the massive gulf oil spill, Harris Williams, working in courts with other effective attorneys and staff, has secured financial recoveries for thousands of individuals and families who live and work throughout the southeastern U.S.

If you or a family member was supplied 3M earplugs while in the military and has been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus, contact us today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. 

*Please be advised that claims must be filed within a certain period of time called the statute of limitations.  If the claim is not filed within the period of the statute of limitations, you will be forever barred from bringing a lawsuit.  IF YOU WISH TO PURSUE THIS CLAIM, YOU SHOULD SPEAK WITH AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY.  No-cost case evaluation is available. Call — 334-560-1499