In order to find out if you are eligible for compensation in this case, it is needed that you contact the law offices of Phipps, Deacon, Purnell, PLLC. At this point in time during this defective earplug hearing loss lawsuit, they are willing to help you in any way that they can. Regardless of where you live in the United States, it you are someone who has been affected by the 3M dual-ended combat arms earplugs version 2, then you are entitled to compensation.
Between the years of 2003 and 2015, service members all of the the country that also served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, were issued 3M dual-ended combat arms earplugs version 2. These earplugs were produced by 3M, a company that is now currently being sued for $9.1 million dollars.
This condition that was inflicted on so many service members due to these earplugs is called Tinnitus. Tinnitus is a condition where you experience a ringing sensation in the ears. This condition can be caused by many different reasons these being aging, circulatory system disorder, genetics, etc. Loud noises is the most important factor in this tinnitus case. If you are someone who has served in the military, you know that you will come across loud noises from time to time. This is especially true for people who handle firearms in the military as well as people who are in combat. They suffer the worst of this due to firearms as well as explosions during training and combat. Noise-induced hearing loss is not an uncommon thing in the military, but when you are issued earplugs that are specifically supposed to prevent this from happening, this is when things end up getting tricky. When these earplugs were issued, their purpose was to help prevent this condition by protecting the inner ear from external noises. What 3M didn’t want people to know is that these earplugs were defective, and they knew that they were since before they even owned the rights to them. And all while they were being issued. The earplugs were originally owned by Aearo Technologies which was later acquired by 3M in 2008. And according to the lawsuit, Aearo was aware of the defects of the ear plugs since 2000.
Hearing loss is a tragedy to say the least. You are born having great hearing and you go off to the military to fight for you country. You come back with hearing or possibly even deafness due to faulty 3M dual-ended combat arms earplugs. Well that is just unacceptable. Frank Robey, Director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit, says that ““Today’s settlement will ensure that those who do business with the government know that their actions will not go unnoticed” (www.justice.gov 2019). This is true and always will be. If you are a company who is trying to help make people’s lives easier with products such as earplugs, the least you can do is make sure that they function properly.
For the unfortunate people who have suffered hearing loss or even deafness because of these defective earplugs, you are entitled to compensation. The United States Department of Defense is not liable for this as they were not they were not aware of the product’s defects. The company that is in the wrong is 3M and they will be paying out all the damages caused by their defective product. If you are one of the unfortunate people who have suffered from this, now is the time to get yourself involved. Getting involved in this will not affect the VA benefits that the veterans are entitled to. They are not pursuing damages against the US government. As an affected person, it is your right to claim your compensation. If you choose not to pursue this compensation, it would be an injustice to yourself. 3M has agreed to settle on $9.1 million to resolve the allegations that have been placed upon them.
If you are in need of further information or to find out if you are eligible for compensation, contact the law office of Phipps, Deacon, Purnell, PLLC. They are the law office that is handling this case, they need to be the office that you get in touch with to receive your compensation.
The focus of this lawsuit is in the following areas:
- Fort Bliss
- Camp Bullis
- Fort Hood
- Randolph Air Force Base
- Fort Sam Houston
- Brooks City Base
- Lackland Air Force Base
- Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Now although this is where much of the focus has fallen, Phipps, Deacon, Purnell, PLLC are willing to help anyone in the United States, as long as they are eligible. If you are someone who thinks you may have been affected by this heinous crime against the United States Military, then it is your time to step up and get back what you deserve. Give Phipps, Deacon, Purnell, PLLC. a call and see what they can do for you.
In order to find out if you are eligible for compensation, make sure you contact Phipps, Deacon, Purnell, PLLC. They will help you get the compensation that you need. It’s your hearing, don’t be taken advantage of. Do what is best for you and go and get that money that is owed to you.