Posted on August 26th, 2020
Numerous veterans are filing claims with 3M for the defective earplugs they manufactured between 2003 and 2015, as they experience hearing problems, including permanent hearing loss. The earplugs had a faulty design, with the part that should have been fitted in the ear canal being too short.
Over the recent months, there have been hundreds of veterans filing claims with 3M for the defective Combat Arms earplugs they manufactured, as the earplugs had a faulty design, as they had the part that was inserted in the ear canal too short. This led to numerous veterans who served between 2003 and 2015 struggling with hearing problems, including permanent hearing loss. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom are 4 times more susceptible to developing a form of hearing impairment as a result of using the defective earplugs. Furthermore, 80,000 veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq may have been injured by the Combat Arms earplugs. However, with the help of a lawyer, veterans can file a claim with 3M, the responsible company, to recover the financial compensation they deserve, as well as with the VA, since they offer disability compensation to veterans injured during military service. While hearing loss may have occurred during military service, many veterans experience hearing loss only several years after they served, which still makes them eligible for seeking compensation.
It is estimated that 60% of veterans who used the defective earplugs will develop a form of hearing impairment, including permanent hearing loss, as they were not fully protected against the loud noises they were regularly exposed to by using the defective earplugs. The VA assigns hearing loss a 30% disability rating and, if you file a claim, you will receive approximately $435.69 per month. Nevertheless, the process of filing a claim with the VA is quite complex and solid evidence is necessary, which is why we strongly encourage you to work with one of our attorneys, as they specialize in this area of practice. According to the VA, over 2.7 million veterans receive disability compensation for hearing impairment at the moment. It is worthy of note that the VA also offers low-cost healthcare to veterans who are deaf as a result of using the defective 3M earplugs.