Military Hearing Loss Claims
A government contractor has agreed to pay millions of dollars after being accused of selling defective earplugs to the U.S. military. The dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs were found to have defects that decreased their effectiveness in protecting the hearing of soldiers using the plugs. In a Department of Justice press release, acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Department’s Civil Division said, “The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the men and women serving in the United States military from defective products and fraudulent conduct. Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences.”
If you were active in any branch of the military at any time from 2003 to 2015 and suffered hearing loss, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the ear plug manufacturer. This lawsuit is not against the government or the armed services and does not affect disability benefits. Call the Gold Shield Group at 800-959-7686 for a free, no obligation case review.
What is the Defect?
The dual-ended ear plugs were too short to be properly inserted into users’ ears. As a result, the earplugs could gradually loosen without the soldier noticing. When the ear plugs are not firmly in place, it can lead to hearing loss for some soldiers. According to the Department of Justice press release, the government also accused the manufacturer of knowing about the defect before selling the ear plugs and failing to notify the military about the problem.
What to do next
If you were active in any branch of the military (including Reserves and National Guard) at any time from 2003 to 2015 and suffered hearing loss, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the ear plug manufacturer. Call the Gold Shield Group at 800-959-7686 for a free, no obligation case review. Taking part in the 3M dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit will not affect your disability benefits. This lawsuit is against 3M, not the U.S. government or any branch of the armed services.