How to Prove a 3M Defective Military Earplug Hearing Injury

As an active service member or Veteran, you may be entitled to disability benefits for hearing loss or tinnitus whether or not your military-issued earplugs were defective. Hearing problems, including tinnitus, are the most common types of disabilities reported among American Veterans.

However, Veterans with hearing loss from defective 3M Dual-ended Combat Arms™ earplugs may be able to recover compensation above and beyond what is included in Veterans’ disability benefits.

What You Need to Prove Your 3M Earplug Injury

3M Dual-ended Combat Arms™ earplugs were standard issue military safety equipment from 2003 to 2015. Unfortunately, the earplugs were too short for many service members, and adequate hearing protection was not provided even when service members wore the earplugs as directed.

To recover damages for the injuries that you suffered due to the defective earplugs, you will need evidence, from your:

  • Military records. Your military records will show where and when you served. With this information, our experienced 3M Dual-ended Combat Arms defective earplug lawyers can find out what type of earplug you received from the military and what kinds of loud noises you may have been exposed to that led to your hearing loss or tinnitus.
  • Medical records. Your medical records will establish when you first began experiencing hearing loss or tinnitus, and the severity of your injury.

Get the Help You Deserve After a 3M Earplug Injury

In 2018, 3M settled a United States Department of Justice whistleblower case for more than nine million dollars. The whistleblower alleged that 3M and its predecessor Aearo Technologies knew of the potential defect and failed to tell the government. 3M did not admit any wrongdoing, but it did settle the case with the government.

Now it’s up to you. The government settlement with 3M will not result in any money for you. If you want compensation for your hearing loss or tinnitus caused by 3M’s defective earplugs, then you will need to fight for your own compensation. Our experienced lawyers are here to help you do that. Start a live chat with us today to schedule your free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
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