The experienced and aggressive Military Hearing Loss Lawyers in Mobile, AL of Taylor Martino have successfully fought defective products liability cases in courtrooms across the nation. We can help you recover financial damages due to military hearing loss for past and future medical costs, lost wages, and any additional compensation that you rightfully deserve.
When the lawyers of Taylor Martino go to court, we mean business. We have an extensive professional staff available to work on your case, and we contract with a wide range of unbiased medical professionals and other expert consultants. If you or someone you love suffered has suffered permanent hearing loss or tinnitus after serving in the military, defective 3M Combat Earplugs may be to blame. Millions of dollars in compensation may be available to service members and veterans like you. Call or complete our free consultation form to get help now.
Hundreds of veterans are now filing lawsuits against the government contractor 3M/Aero that manufactured and sold defective earplugs to the military. These earplugs did not maintain a tight seal around the user’s ear allowing dangerously loud sounds to permeate through without the wearer knowing.
These discontinued dual-ended CAEv2 combat earplugs were standard issue for military service members from 2003 to 2015. The use of these defective 3M earplugs may have caused significant military hearing loss in many veterans. Any current and former military service members who served in the armed forces when these earplugs were issued may be entitled to compensation from 3M/Aero for hearing loss or tinnitus.
In July of 2018, The U.S. Department of Justice announced that 3M/Aero would pay $9.1 million to settle a False Claims Act suit that accused them of knowingly selling defective Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the U.S. military. The settlement was fueled by allegations that 3M/Aero sold the earplugs, knowing they were too short to be correctly inserted into user’s ears.The military purchased these earplugs with the understanding that their service members would be able to hear “commands from friendly soldiers and approaching enemy combatants, unimpaired, in the same way as if they had nothing in their ear.”
These dual-end earplugs were designed to be used as traditional earplugs, or they could be adjusted to soften loud decimal sounds while still letting through quieter noise. Unfortunately, the CAEv2 earplugs were too shallow to stay in many ear canals, and would gradually loosen and fail to reduce loud noises properly.
Tinnitus is one of the more common forms of disability among veterans. Due to service members’ exposure to consistent damaging sounds from aircraft noise, explosions, machinery, and gunfire, symptoms of tinnitus are a common side effect for many military members. Unfortunately, tinnitus can have long-term consequences. Depending on the person, and their varying degrees of exposure, they may experience intermittent or continuous tinnitus symptoms. While Most servicemen and women wear earplugs to help protect their hearing, the defective 3M earplugs used by soldiers between 2003-2015 proved ineffective. This lack of proper ear protection left many men and women suffering from life-altering hearing deficiencies, such as difficulty concentrating, sleeping and in most cases this condition is permanent.
For many people, hearing loss is a gradual process that can take many years to manifest. People may not realize they have hearing loss until they begin to have difficulty understanding words, turn their head to hear better or have the volume up on the television or radio to the highest levels. Without proper ear protection, a typical military job can cause severe damage to a person’s ears. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “Sounds of less than 75 decibels, even after long exposure, are unlikely to cause hearing loss. However, long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss.”
If you believe that you might have military hearing loss due to defective 3M earplugs and you served in the military during 2003-2015, you should contact a professional to discuss your options. An experienced military hearing loss attorney at Taylor Martino P.C., will assess your case and aid in protecting your rights. Having a lawyer is especially crucial to help assist in all of the proper paperwork and the first steps for filing a lawsuit. If you are experiencing military hearing loss from defective 3M earplugs, call a military hearing loss lawyer at Taylor Martino P.C, today and take legal action!
The sooner that you call the offices of Taylor Martino, P.C. Personal Injury Lawyers in Mobile, Alabama for a consultation, the sooner that we can begin working on your case. We understand how important it is that you recover the full value of compensation for your losses, and we won’t take shortcuts in managing your case. To schedule a free consultation with our law offices where you can meet our team and answer any questions you may have, and learn more about what steps to take next, please send us a message or call us at 251-433-3131.