Hundreds of military veterans are suffering from physical ailments such as hearing loss and tinnitus due to the lack of transparency on behalf of the earplug manufacturing company, 3M. Despite denying any prior knowledge, 3M previously settled a $9.1 million lawsuit with the Justice Department over allegations to defraud the government by knowingly selling defectively designed earplugs. While 3M has yet to admit liability, countless servicemen and women are now pursuing legal action against the company. An aggressive and powerful response to this reckless and unapologetic handling of our troops' safety is one which involves the right New York defective medical devices attorney, such as ours at Sullivan & Brill, LLP.
3M's earplugs are now discontinued amid these reports coming to light, while numerous military members must deal with a worsened quality of life. Says veteran David Henderson, who felt a duty to join the Army after 9/11, “We were told these devices are gonna save our hearing and that's what we did. We used them.” He has since, like many others, filed civil complaints against 3M for failing to sufficiently warn the public of the possible defects. Henderson also attested how military members had little to no opportunity to question the equipment they were given because they had other safety issues to worry about.
Fellow veteran Joseph Junk, who served for 3 years, stated: “What is quiet? What's peace? I know for me personally, I don't have it. All I hear is ringing if there's no noise around me…It is torture.” More on this developing story can be found here.
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