If you or a loved one was or is on active duty you may have heard that the manufacturer 3M recently settled a claim with the US Government where they were accused of knowingly selling earplugs to the US military that they knew were ineffective and did not work.
There were a lot of Post 9-11 service men and women who used dual ended earplugs, which were sold to the military even though the company allegedly had prior knowledge that they would fail to protect the user. As a result, it is possible that service members who used these products experienced tinnitus or hearing loss because of their ineffectiveness.
It is important to understand that this is not part of any current or pending VA disability rating or claim. This situation is separate from any claim you have with the VA.
Why we are doing this?
We are working with Veterans and service members to hold this company accountable for putting your hearing at risk and choosing their profits over your safety. We are standing with our military to help send a message to this and other manufacturers that says - you cannot take advantage of the people who are willing to give up the most and sacrifice themselves to keep everyone safe.
Anyone who used double ended earplugs while serving in the US Military between 2002-2015 and experienced hearing loss, ringing in ears, or tinnitus.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Tinnitus is the number-one disability among Veterans and there are currently 1.3 million veterans receiving compensation for tinnitus.
If you served between 2001 and 2015 you may be able to qualify to join this lawsuit and potentially receive additional compensation for your ringing, tinnitus or hearing loss.
The attorneys at Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP have successfully brought lawsuits on behalf of consumers harmed (or put at risk of harm) due to the deceptive acts of major corporations. Please contact us immediately to discuss your legal options.