The United States Military contracted 3M to produce double-ended earplugs to prevent hearing loss or tinnitus, a common issue in our service members. It is a fact that 2.7 million U.S. veterans receive military benefits due to hearing damage.
3M sought a U.S. Department of Defense contract to provide a solution to the hearing damage problem. Their goal was to produce earplugs that would securely fit the service member’s ears to prevent harmful noise and impact. These plugs would protect our service members from hearing loss or tinnitus.
3M’s double-ended earplugs did not work. The earplugs failed to seal the ear canals leading to irreparable damage from hearing loss to complete deafness.
It is believed that 3M employees were aware of the earplugs’ defects as far back as 21 years ago. Yet, the company continued to sell the product to the U.S. Military up to 2015. The Justice Department has already settled with 3M to the tune of 9.1 million dollars to rectify allegations of prior knowledge of product defects and the failure to notify the United States Military. Since 3M settled with the Justice Department, they did not have to admit fault or liability, and the Justice Department never determined liability.
Debra L. Broz, Attorneys at Law, is working on behalf of our U.S. Military Service members to bring justice and rightful compensation to those affected by 3M’s faulty double-ended earplugs. There are hundreds of lawsuits being filed or are in motion against 3M in Kentucky and across the country. If you’re a current or former service member who has experienced hearing loss or tinnitus, you may be eligible for compensation. Please consult with us to evaluate your options.