Military Men and Women: Have You Suffered Hearing Loss?
Jenner Law is investigating claims that thousands of men and women who served in Iran and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015 may have suffered permanent, sometimes debilitating hearing damage because of defective ear plugs. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of the following, you may be eligible for hearing injury compensation:
- Hearing Loss
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Conductive hearing loss (structural damage to the ears)
- Sensorineural hearing loss (structural and nerve damage)
- Auditory processing disorder (speech is hard to understand)
Dangerous Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2)
The defective earplugs were made by 3M, which has agreed to pay the federal government $9 million to resolve hearing loss claims by affected servicemen and women. According to court documents, 3M was aware that the dangerous Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs, Version 2, were defective when they were sold to the military. Specifically, the earplugs, which were supposed to protect ears from excessive noise levels during combat or training, were too short and came loose or fit improperly in certain users’ ears. This allowed the vibrations from dangerous noise levels to damage the small filaments in the ears that affect hearing quality. 3M did not tell the military about the defective plugs and may have altered test results to make it seem like the earplugs met government standards, the government’s court filings say.
Active Duty and Military Veterans Deserve Compensation
Hearing loss is one of the most common injuries suffered by military personnel. According to a study by the Veterans Administration, more than 1.6 million veterans sought medical care for chronic tinnitus in 2018.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, many veterans score normally on hearing tests, but have difficulty understanding speech. This condition, called auditory processing disorder, is often associated with blast exposure.
Don’t Try to Go It On Your Own
One of the experienced, caring lawyers at Jenner Law will meet with you or your loved one to provide a free, no obligation evaluation of your situation. If you are eligible for compensation for your hearing injuries, we will represent you at no charge, receiving payment only if you do. It is important that you speak with an attorney and not try to get this compensation on your own. Each person’s situation is different and legal advice may help you maximize your compensation.
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Rob Jenner, head of Jenner Law, has more than 30 years’ experience as a leader in suing major medical drug and device companies. He repeatedly has been selected by federal and state court judges to lead teams of plaintiffs’ attorneys in complicated, multi-district legal battles against some of the nation’s most powerful businesses.