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3M Defective Earplug Lawyers Protecting the Rights of Texas Veterans

El Paso attorneys help injured soldiers with lawsuits for hearing loss

U.S. veterans in El Paso who served in combat zones such as Afghanistan or Iraq and suffered hearing loss or tinnitus from using defective 3M military earplugs should consult with a personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin to see if they can pursue a lawsuit.

From 2003-2015, the U.S. government issued dual-ended combat earplugs to military personnel. The earplugs were purchased from industrial giant 3M and were used by thousands of men and women in the military as hearing protection during training exercises and combat. Now, many of those brave men and women who served our country are claiming 3M’s military earplugs were faulty and are dealing with hearing loss or tinnitus.

If you are a U.S. veteran who served in the military sometime from 2003-2015 and have sustained any kind of hearing loss or damage as a result of using defective 3M military earplugs, a personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin in El Paso can help you get the compensation you deserve. You may be able to file a lawsuit for medical expenses, lost income, and your pain and suffering. Contact a personal injury attorney from our El Paso law firm for a free consultation.

What to Do if You Have Hearing Loss from Faulty 3M Military Earplugs

The standard-issue 3M military earplugs were supposed to provide hearing protection to U.S. soldiers in two different ways. Inserted one way, the 3M military earplugs were supposed to block out all noise except for lower-level sounds like a person talking. Inserted the opposite way, the military earplugs were supposed to block out all sound, including damaging combat noise, such as gunfire and explosions.

Unfortunately, a defect in the design of 3M’s military earplugs allowed them to gradually loosen from the soldier’s ear after they were inserted, leaving that person’s ear exposed to damaging noise without them knowing it. 3M’s combat earplugs were sold to the U.S. government and issued to members of the military so that they could provide hearing protection. Due to 3M’s negligence, a defect in the design of the military earplugs allowed damaging noise to enter the ear canal, and now many American veterans are suffering from tinnitus or hearing loss through no fault of their own.

3M settled a False Claims Act lawsuit in 2018 with the U.S. government for $9.1 million after the government alleged 3M sold the combat earplugs to the U.S. military knowing full well the earplugs had a design defect. That settlement does not mean that veterans in El Paso and across The Lone Star State can’t file a lawsuit, as well, by getting the help of a personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin. If you are suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus, let a personal injury attorney from our El Paso legal team help you with a lawsuit.

Common symptoms of hearing loss are:

  • Hearing loss that seems to last 48 hours or less
  • Sounds that are muffled or distorted
  • Problems hearing people talk
  • Not being able to hear the TV or other electronics without increasing volume

Tinnitus is the hearing of noise when there is no external force producing the sound. Common symptoms of tinnitus are:

  • Ringing, humming, hissing, buzzing, clicking, or roaring in the ears
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inability to hear external noises
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Problems sleeping
  • Anxiety, irritability, depression
  • Can’t remember things

If you are a U.S. veteran in El Paso or Texas and you believe you may have sustained hearing loss or tinnitus because you were issued defective 3M military earplugs, a personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin can help you file a lawsuit for compensation.

Personal Injury Attorneys Holding 3M Accountable for Faulty Earplugs

America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and that’s due in large part to the selfless sacrifices the members of our military have made and continue to make today. El Paso is home to many veterans, some of whom may be suffering from the symptoms of hearing loss and tinnitus ─ all because of 3M’s reckless disregard for their safety. While hearing loss and tinnitus symptoms may not be immediately evident, over time they can result in endless stacks of medical bills, lost income from missed work, and a lot of pain and suffering.

If you are a veteran in El Paso or elsewhere in Texas and have sustained hearing loss or tinnitus from defective 3M military earplugs, you need to get a personal injury lawyer to help you right away. The attorneys from the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin are approachable, reliable, and knowledgeable, and have decades of experience helping injured people in El Paso get the compensation they’re entitled to.

To learn more about a defective 3M military earplugs lawsuit, contact an El Paso personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin for a free consultation.