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Have Tinnitus And Also Served In The Military? You May Be Eligible For A Lawsuit

Were you in combat between the years of 2003 and 2015? Do you have trouble with your hearing? These troubles might have been avoidable. And as such, you might be eligible for compensation. 

Last summer, the company 3M settled a case with the US Department of Justice that involved the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2. These earplugs were worn in all branches of the U.S. military in both Iraq and Afghanistan. These earplugs were also faulty and did not provide adequate protection to the troops. 

Many veterans wrongly believe that due to the settlement proceedings, they can no longer receive compensation for their hearing injuries. But this isn't true: an experienced attorney could help win a 3M military earplug lawsuit. Read on for more information. 

How are 3M Earplugs Faulty?

3M earplugs were worn by the dedicated men and women of all branches of the army, including navy and air forces. During the years between 2003 and 2015, thousands and thousands of soldiers suffered from hearing loss and tinnitus due to their time in duty. 

These earplugs are most likely the reason why they have suffered. 

Even though there has been a settlement reached by 3M, veterans still have the ability to sue for compensation. An important part of such a lawsuit is understanding why and how the 3M earplugs caused such hearing damage. 

The earplugs in question are dual-ended and are supposed to offer the wearer two different levels of protection. One end is to fit into the ear canal, which would help to prevent the sound of gunshots, aircraft, bombs, and any kind of explosions.

The other end is intended to lay outside the ear canal. This would block noise from entering the ear canal itself. 

And yet, when it came to the actual produced 3M earplugs, there was a mistake in the design. The portion made to fit into the wearer's ear canal was simply not long enough. After a brief time in the ear, the plug could loosen a little and allow harsh and loud noises to enter. 

The constant presence of loud noises without proper protection can easily lead to the hearing problems that many veterans are facing. These brave fighters are struggling with hearing problems for the rest of their lives due to mistakes made in these earplug designs. 

They deserve to be heard and they deserve justice and compensation for their injuries. 

Claiming Compensation

Even if a veteran used the 3M earplugs as long as a decade ago, they may still have grounds to file a lawsuit and claim compensation. This is essential to understand.

Prior to the recent settlement news, many veterans might not even have realized that faulty earplugs could have contributed to their hearing loss. But with more media coverage of 3M's mistakes, more and more veterans are realizing the trials they've faced could have been avoided. 

If veterans decided to take action, significant legal winnings could be in order. A well-strategized and comprehensive lawsuit could help to cover economic losses such as medical bills and lost wages. It could help to cover costs that veterans have had to lay down for hearing aids and other assisted listening devices. 

A successful lawsuit against 3M could also help to cover other, harder-to-pin-down injuries such as pain and suffering or mental anguish. The inability to communicate with loved ones can be so hard and painful. These veterans deserve justice and compensation for this kind of pain and hardship as well. 

The costs of tinnitus and hearing loss are immense. If you're a veteran dealing with such issues, it's important you receive assistance in handling this financial and emotional weight.  

Time To Make Your Voice Heard 

With an experienced lawyer by their side, there's no end to the kind of compensation that they might be able to receive. After all, the U.S. Department of Justice received almost $9.1 million dollars in settlement fees from 3M. 

This is a big win for the government, but none of this money went to relieve the actual individuals who suffered as a result of this mishap. It's essential that those who have had their hearing damaged by poor design step forward and make their voices heard. 

Currently, U.S. federal judge and former veteran M. Casey Rodgers has chosen to hear three lawsuits against the 3M company. This shows a positive road ahead for many who wish to air similar grievances against the company. 

Judge Rodgers is a veteran herself and presides over a North Florida court with a high military presence. This leads many to believe that those suing will see a positive outcome in Florida. Many believe a successful lawsuit could inspire thousands more to follow. 

The only thing standing between an abused veteran and rightful compensation is the attorney who can help them get it. With the right legal professional on the case, there is much to be won in the 3M military earplug lawsuit. 

Next Steps

If you or a loved one wore 3M earplugs during your time in the armed forces, you might have grounds for compensation. Any evidence of hearing damage could make you eligible for a 3M military earplug lawsuit. It's essential that you take the time to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as you can. 

Going up against a company as big as 3M can be quite terrifying. But with the right team of attorneys, you can win. You have the truth and justice on your side. If you need help being connected to the proper legal team, please make sure to leave us your contact information

James Beltz