All individuals who serve in the military decide to put their safety and well-being on the line for the protection of others. Serving in the armed forces may be dangerous and come with many hazards, but those hazards should not come from the protective equipment we provide to our troops.
Members of the military who served from 2003-2015 may have received defective ear plugs manufactured by 3M. The use of these ear plugs resulted in hearing loss for many individuals. This issue has led to 3M military ear plug cases, as individuals work to get compensation for their hearing loss.
You may learn more about 3M military ear plug cases with this article and the team at Cordisco & Saile LLC. Call us at (215) 642-2335 today for a free case review.
Information About the 3M Ear Plugs
Not all ear plugs manufactured by 3M are considered defective. 3M military ear plug issues involve one product, the Combat Arms Ear plugs, Version 2 (CAEv2). These ear plugs were in use starting in the year 2003, and they did not go out of use until 2015.
The military considered CAEv2 useful because it had a dual-ended design. Soldiers could insert it one way to get protection from loud and sustained noises. They could then flip the ear plugs around to muffle the noise of ordinance or artillery fire while allowing them to hear other sounds. All military branches used the CAEv2, including the:
- Air Force
The CAEv2 ear plugs were the only option for attenuated ear protection available to members of the armed forces until 2012. You may have experienced hearing damage if you used ear protection while in any branch of the armed services during this period of time.
Problems with CAEv2 Ear Plug Usage
As we have mentioned, the design of the CAEv2 ear plug model allowed for two usages. In order to work in this way, the ear plugs have a symmetrical sloping shape. Due to the shape, they would gradually become loose once inserted in an ear.
Once the CAEv2s loosened, it would no longer mute sound adequately. Exposure to noise associated with combat and other military activities could, therefore, begin to damage hearing. Some veterans experience hearing loss due to the defective ear plugs, while others have developed ringing in their ears, also called tinnitus.
According to the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), many individuals who served in the armed forces end up dealing with hearing loss. In fact, around 50% of veterans may deal with some level of hearing loss. Veterans who served during the time the CAEv2 was in use have reported damage to their hearing.
3M Already Settled a Claim With the Federal Government
You should be aware that 3M has already settled a major claim with the federal government related to the faulty CAEv2 ear plugs when a whistleblower informed the public of the design flaw in 2018. The military had already largely stopped using CAEv2s at this point.
After the whistleblower revealed the faulty design, the Department of Justice took over an investigation of the product. During legal proceedings, the federal government received $9.1 million from 3M. The company has completely discontinued CAEv2s at this point.
You Could File a Claim Against 3M for Hearing Loss
3M settled with the federal government outside of the court system. The $9.1 million awarded to the government was not for members of the military who had their hearing damaged by the use of the CAEv2s. However, you may be able to seek compensation if these faulty ear plugs impacted your hearing. Generally, you may only be able to file a claim if, after using the CAEv2s, you experienced:
- Permanent hearing loss
- Problems with balance
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
Tinnitus may leave you unable to hear what is going on around you because you hear buzzing, ringing, or hissing sounds. Many veterans are unsure of the causes of tinnitus or hearing loss. If you are dealing with these auditory issues, you may wish to speak with a medical professional. A doctor could be able to tell you if the use of CAEv2s contributed to your hearing loss.
If the use of CAEv2s contributed to your hearing loss, you could be able to file a lawsuit against 3M. There have been hundreds of individual lawsuits brought against the company already, as veterans seek compensation for their injuries.
To learn if you qualify to receive compensation from your hearing loss, call (215) 642-2335 to speak with a member of the team at Cordisco & Saile LLC today.
Possible Compensation for Hearing Loss Caused by CAEv2 Use
In order to get compensation for injuries sustained due to the use of CAEv2s, you may want to file a product liability claim. Product liability claims allow you to seek damages for your:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering and mental anguish
Hearing loss may result in a permanently disabling condition. While hearing aids may be able to restore some measure of your hearing, these devices are not always sufficient. You may face the fall-out from losing your hearing for the rest of your life. A 3M military ear plug case could allow you to get compensation to cover your expenses for hearing aids and other assistive devices.
In order to get compensation, a lawyer may need to demonstrate that the use of CAEv2s caused your injuries. Your lawyer may be able to gather information to show that you used CAEv2s in loud situations and did not receive adequate protection for your hearing. Your lawyer may also be able to collect information from your doctor to show that you are facing hearing loss.
Contact a Lawyer Regarding 3M Military Ear Plug Cases
Are you dealing with hearing loss after serving in the military? If you used CAEv2s to protect your hearing during your time in the military, you could be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. Find out more by contacting Cordisco & Saile LLC to review the benefits of a 3M military ear plug case. Call us at (215) 642-2335 or fill out our online contact form to learn more.