Many veterans in Pennsylvania developed hearing loss or tinnitus after serving in the military. Damage to your hearing could be attributed directly to the use of defective ear plugs issued in the military from 2003-2016. If you used 3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2), may be able to recover compensation for your hearing loss.
A 3M military ear plug lawyer in Pennsylvania from Cordisco & Saile LLC may be able to help you seek compensation for your medical expenses and other losses.
A free, no-obligation consultation with a member of the Cordisco & Saile LLC team is available when you call us at (215) 642-2335.
Facts About 3M’s CAEv2 Ear Plugs
The military contracted 3M to provide the military with ear plugs designed to protect the hearing of service members. 3M fulfilled this contract by providing CAEv2s for military use from 2003-2016. 3M alleged that these ear plugs provided two forms of protection, depending upon how they were worn. Soldiers could use them to:
- Mute most noises, while allowing soldiers to still hear lower sounds, like speech
- Block all noise, including the sounds of gunfire and explosion
However, there was a fault in the design of the CAEv2s. Due to the shape of these ear plugs, they did not provide consistent hearing protection. CAEv2s become looser as they are worn, eventually allowing sound to entire a soldier’s ears, causing hearing damage. Many veterans experienced hearing damage while under the mistaken belief that they were protected.
Liability for Hearing Loss Caused by CAEv2s
In 2018, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) investigated 3M after a whistleblower came forward with information that demonstrated that 3M was aware of the defective nature of the CAEv2s during their production.
3M ended up settling with the government during the DOJ investigation. The company paid the government over $9 million. However, none of this money was awarded to individual veterans who had developed hearing loss as a result of the faulty ear plugs.
A 3M military ear plug lawyer in Pennsylvania from Cordisco & Saile LLC may be able to step in to help you secure compensation. In order to get coverage for your losses, your lawyer may need to demonstrate that 3M was responsible for your injuries. This may involve showing that they provided you with a product that they knew was faulty or defective and that the use of this product caused your injuries.
Find out how the team at Cordisco & Saile LLC could help you by calling us at (215) 642-2335 for a free consultation on your case.
Health Issues Caused by CAEv2 Usage
There are several major health concerns associated with the usage of CAEv2s in the military. Individuals may develop problems with their balance as a result of damage to auditory systems. Additionally, individuals who received insufficient ear protection may develop:
You may find yourself unable to hear what is going on around you if you used CAEv2s during your military service. This hearing loss may be temporary in some cases. You may experience partial hearing loss, which may distort or muffle sound. You could also be left to deal with total hearing loss that prevents you from hearing anything.
In addition to dealing with hearing loss, you may begin to perceive sound when there are no noises present after the use of faulty ear plugs. Medical professionals refer to this condition as tinnitus. Tinnitus may cause you to hear:
In many cases, there is little you can do to make these sounds stop. This may make it difficult for you to concentrate. You may have trouble sleeping or remembering things due to the constant noise. Stress, anxiety, and depression are all commonly associated with tinnitus.
Compensation for 3M Defective Ear Plug Cases in Pennsylvania
You may be eligible to receive compensation from 3M if you developed hearing loss or tinnitus after using CAEv2s in the military. In some cases, you may be able to secure compensation for your medical costs. This includes compensation for hearing aids or other assistive devices.
Here at Cordisco & Saile LLC, we understand that hearing loss may be considered a disabling condition in Pennsylvania. You may not be able to work, depending upon the severity of your hearing loss. In this situation, 3M may be required to provide you with compensation for your lost earning potential.
Additionally, losing your hearing may be a very distressing experience. Many people do not realize how much they rely on their senses until they are negatively impacted. A 3M military ear plug lawyer in Pennsylvania from our firm may be able to help you secure compensation for your pain, suffering, and mental anguish if defective ear plugs led to the loss of your hearing.
Options to Handle a CAEv2 Case in Pennsylvania
3M is currently facing many lawsuits and claims regarding the damage caused by CAEv2s. Due to the expansive nature of the damage caused by these ear plugs, your lawyer may be able to settle your claim outside of court. This may require your lawyer to negotiate with insurance agents representing 3M.
If 3M’s insurance agents are not willing to make you a fair offer, we may be able to take your case to trial, where a judge or a jury may decide if 3M owes you compensation for your damages, and how much.
Get Help From a 3M Military Ear Plug Lawyer in Pennsylvania
If you lost your hearing or were left with tinnitus after using 3M’s CAEv2s, you may want to seek compensation for your medical expenses. A 3M military ear plug lawyer in Pennsylvania from Cordisco & Saile LLC may be able to manage all aspects of your case when we represent you.
To get started, call (215) 642-2335 for a free consultation with a member of the Cordisco & Saile LLC team.