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Veterans Sue 3M for Defective Combat Earplugs

Department of Defense contractor 3M faces a series of lawsuits representing hundreds of veterans who allege the company provided U.S. armed forces with defective combat earplugs that failed to work as intended and led to hearing loss and tinnitus as a result. The lawsuits, filed in multiple states including Maryland, Texas, South Carolina and Florida, follow a $9.1 million settlement between 3M and the U.S. government over the same dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2. That agreement resolved allegations that Aearo Technologies, a company that 3M later bought, violated the False Claims Act by selling the U.S. defective combat earplugs ... Read More

Wells Fargo Pays Additional $5.4 Million For Illegally Repossessing Servicemembers’ Vehicles

Servicemembers who had their vehicles unlawfully repossessed by Wells Fargo Bank now have access to an additional $5.4 million in relief, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. The funds come as part of a 2016 settlement that resolved a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Wells Fargo, alleging the bank violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The initial settlement provided about $4.7 million to about 410 servicemembers. The additional compensation provides an additional $5.4 million to be paid to about 450 servicemembers. The U.S. sued Wells Fargo, doing business as Wells Fargo Dealer Services, in Sept. 2016, accusing the ... Read More

NJ Company Gets Army Grant To treat Severe Burn Patients

Patients with severe burn injuries could one day get an extra boost in their recovery, thanks to a collaboration between a New Jersey immunotherapy developer and the U.S. Army to develop new blood purification therapies. CytoSorbents Corporation announced it received a $719,000 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to develop new blood purification treatments to stabilize victims with severe burn injuries. The grant will be paid out over a four-year period to fund collaborative research by CytoSorbents and leading burn researchers with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) in San Antonio, Texas. “Severe burn injury, ... Read More

Staggering Number of U.S. Veterans Struggle With Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the United States observes Veterans Day by remembering and honoring men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The federal holiday is also a good time to call attention to the alarming number of U.S. Veterans suffering from the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According a recent survey of more than 23,000 veterans registered with the Wounded Warrior Project, more than 75 percent of wounded servicemen and women are trying to cope with the often devastating effects of TBI and PTSD, the “invisible wounds of war,” which ... Read More

Bill aims to help vets and families harmed by toxic exposure

A bipartisan group of U.S. legislators introduced a new bill April 14 designed to diagnose and treat health conditions and physical impairments in the children and grandchildren of veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service. The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 calls for the creation of a national center at one of the VA hospitals where doctors can research ways to diagnose and treat the medical issues of descendants of military veterans. Each war has produced veterans exposed to toxins that can, and often do, sicken or impair their children and grandchildren. The proposed bill would ... Read More

NFL settles concussion lawsuit with former players for $765 million

The National Football League (NFL) has agreed to spend nearly $800 million to resolve complaints brought by more than 4,500 former professional football players who accused the league of concealing its knowledge of concussion risks from players for decades. Many of the plaintiffs in the class-action case suffer from neurodegenerative disorders and disease linked by medical researchers to concussion and other forms of traumatic brain injury. Medical researchers are exploring links between repeated concussion and other brain injuries to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); Alzheimer’s; and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – diseases which often result ... Read More

This Memorial Day, remember veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries

On Monday, May 27, Americans will observe Memorial Day, remembering all the veterans who sacrificed their lives to shield us from foreign threats and protect the liberties upon which our nation was founded. It is also a good time to remember all the veterans who are still with us, especially those whose war injuries have left a deep and devastating impact on their lives and the lives of their family members. Many of the veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), most of which have been brought about by concussive ... Read More

New website promotes community among traumatic brain injury survivors

People whose lives have been altered by traumatic brain injury (TBI) may find plenty of technical information online about these elusive injuries and the various symptoms they may cause, but it’s much more difficult to forge connections with others who are coping with similar situations and experiences. That is why the family of one TBI survivor started TryMunity, a website dedicated to helping TBI sufferers, their families, and other supporters connect and share “stories, ideas, suggestions, and words of encouragement.” TryMunity is the first and currently the only online social community for TBI sufferers and others whose lives are in ... Read More

NFL asks judge to throw out thousands of brain-injury complaints

The NFL has asked a federal judge to throw out more than 200 lawsuits filed against it by nearly 4,200 former players and their families who allege the league has known about the dangers of concussions and other head trauma for decades but “ignored, minimized, disputed, and actively suppressed” that information. Thousands of former professional football players are either living with the devastating effects of degenerative brain disease brought about by sports-related concussions or living in fear that their future may hold a similar fate. One of the first tasks for U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, who was assigned to ... Read More

Degenerative brain disease found in former NFL players who suffered head trauma

The murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher last week came just days before a team of researchers announced that 34 of the 35 brains of former NFL players donated for a special study were found to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated hits to the head. It is unknown at this point if Belcher suffered from CTE, but his behavior suggests he may have suffered from the disease.  The study, conducted by researchers at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, is the largest case series study of CTE to ... Read More