Tinnitus and hearing loss are common problems for United States Veterans. For years, the United States military tried to protect Veterans from hearing-related injuries by issuing them Dual-ended Combat Arms™ earplugs, Version 2 made by 3M. Unfortunately, the earplugs did not always work, and many service members were hurt.
3M Dual-ended Combat Arms Earplug Defects
Military personnel had no way of knowing that the standard-issue earplugs they received may not provide the protection they were supposed to provide. After more than a decade of use by service members in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, a whistleblower alleged that 3M knew of a design defect with the Dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs, Version 2 and did not disclose the defect to the military.
Specifically, the earplugs were too short to provide the necessary protection for some users. Servicemembers were reportedly injured because of this defect. In July 2018, the United States Department of Justice and 3M settled a False Claims Act regarding Dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs, Version 2, for more than $9 million.
Committed to U.S. Veterans
Our experienced Wisconsin injury lawyers proudly help servicemembers who were hurt by defective 3M earplugs, but that’s only part of our commitment to Veterans. We also support Veterans in our community through a variety of programs, such as:
- Wills for Veterans. Attorney Doug Ross helped north-central Wisconsin Veterans and their spouses create wills and powers of attorney, free of charge, as part of a State Bar of Wisconsin program.
- Hogs for Heroes. Motorcycle riding can help Veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hogs for Heroes is a Madison-based non-profit group that gifts motorcycles to Wisconsin Veterans. Hupy and Abraham has proudly contributed to this organization to benefit Wisconsin Veterans.
- Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans supports hundreds of homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. Hupy and Abraham has donated to the organization’s Ron-De-Voo Tavern Poker Run so that the shelter can keep doing its important work.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America – Wisconsin Chapter. To help paralyzed Veterans maximize their independence, Hupy and Abraham donated action track chairs for this organization to provide to Wisconsin Veterans.
- Project 22 Ride, Film & Resource Event. Project 22 is a film created to raise awareness about Veterans’ suicide risk. Hupy and Abraham was honored to support an event to raise awareness about this film and the critical issue of Veteran suicide prevention.
- Veterans Thank You Run. Together with others in our community, we raised almost $12,000 to provide essential items and Christmas treats to Veterans.
- Jen’s Journey Pokerless Run for Veterans. To support Jen’s Journey’s work for local Veterans, we donated items that were raffled off in gift baskets at the Pokerless Run for Veterans. The event exceeded the group’s fundraising goal.
- Honor Flight Network. This national non-profit group has one mission, and that is to honor Veterans. Honor Flight transports Veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials of the war(s) in which they served our country. We proudly contributed to this group’s fundraiser.
- Veterans Law Center. We also proudly participate in the work of the Veterans Law Center to make sure local Veterans have the legal assistance that they need.
U.S. Veterans have diverse needs. Some of these needs can be met through group fundraising and advocacy, and we are honored to support these critical activities. However, if you suffered a hearing-related injury while serving our country, then you may need our individual attention and legal representation.
Wisconsin Lawyers Committed to Your Recovery
No one in the military knowingly put you at risk. However, 3M reportedly knew that it was providing the military—and therefore servicemembers like you—with a faulty product that might not adequately prevent hearing loss and tinnitus.
If you suffer hearing loss or tinnitus and you have served in the military since 2003, then we encourage you to contact our experienced lawyers for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation about your rights. We will find out why you were hurt and whether you may be able to pursue a personal injury recovery in addition to Veterans disability benefits. Call us or start a live chat with us any time to learn more about your rights and our Win or It’s Free Guarantee.