Between 2003 and 2015, 3M sold millions of defective dual-ended Combat Arms TM Earplugs that were supposed to protect soldiers from noises in the battlefield but failed to do so. These headphones featured a faulty design that made them too short to fit properly in the ears of many service members. Some Texas veterans who wore these defective earplugs are now facing hearing loss or tinnitus, a persistent noise or ringing in the ears.
If you or someone you love has been hurt by the 3M earplugs, be sure to follow the steps below. Also, reach out the Texas personal injury lawyers at Begum Law Group today. To schedule a free consultation of your case with The Law Giant, contact us today at (866) 523-4167.
What to Do After a 3M Earplug Injury
If you or a loved one were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015, have used these 3M dual-ended earplugs during service, and are coping with a hearing issue, it is essential to take the following steps:
Seek Medical Attention
If you haven’t already done so, visit a doctor and get your ears examined. Allow your physician to diagnose your issue and prescribe a treatment plan. Be sure the doctor documents your diagnosis and treatment plan accurately, as this information can serve as valuable evidence if you decide to file a claim. Your health should be your top priority, so seeking medical attention is imperative.
Consult a Lawyer
Once you’ve seen a doctor and they have confirmed you are facing partial hearing loss, total hearing loss, tinnitus, or another hearing issue, it’s important to contact an experienced Texas mass torts attorney. Although 3M agreed to compensate the government $9.1 million in July 2018, there is still time for you to pursue justice and file a claim.
Regardless of the severity of your hearing issue, you may experience anxiety and depression and be left with the high expense of hearing aids or cochlear implants. Therefore, filing a claim and recovering compensation for your damages is essential.
A lawyer can use your medical documentation and other evidence to prove that the 3M headphones affected your hearing. They can determine the value of your claim, guide you through the process of filing one, and help fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
Will a Claim Affect Disability Benefits?
Some Texas veterans who were hurt by the faulty 3M earplugs are receiving disability benefits or have been issued hearing aids by the VA. If this is the case for you or a loved one, know that you may still be eligible to file a claim for additional compensation. The additional compensation can be used to pay for medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning potential, mental and emotional trauma, and more.
Why File a Lawsuit?
By filing a lawsuit, you can hold 3M accountable for the fact that they designed and manufactured defective combat earplugs. They knew for years that their earplugs featured design defects, yet failed to disclose this information to the U.S. Military.
The fact that 3M knowingly supplied faulty earplugs to soldiers who were risking their lives for our country’s freedom is simply wrong. Filing a lawsuit can protect your future while ensuring that 3M never makes this mistake again.
Injured by Defective 3M Earplugs? Contact The Law Giant for Help
If 3M earplugs have injured you or a loved one, contact Begum Law Group as soon as possible. We will coordinate with your medical team, ensure all paperwork is submitted on time, and inform you of your legal options. To schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case, contact us today at (866) 523-4167.