3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit

Over the past few years, hearing loss is one of the most widespread issues affecting members of the United States Military. In 2003, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that auditory injuries, including full or partial hearing loss and tinnitus, were the most common types of disability for military members.


Although dangerous sound levels are an unavoidable aspect of combat zones, many military members were possibly exposed to auditory injuries due to defective earplugs offered by 3M.


3M Earplug Issues


The 3M Combat earplugs were designed with a dual-end feature. One end was intended to reduce noise while still allowing military members to hear and communicate. The other end was meant to offer protection from the loudest and most intense noises on the battlefield.


Based on a lawsuit filed against 3M, thousands of military members have developed hearing loss and tinnitus due to its malfunctioning primary feature to protect their auditory senses.



3M Defective Combat Earplugs Lawsuit


Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2) has been at the center of a mass tort lawsuit against 3M over their defective earplug design. These Combat Earplugs were issued to many US military members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015.


The whistleblower who filed the government lawsuit alleged that 3M knowingly sold earplugs to the U.S. military that contained a design defect that caused many military members to suffer auditory injuries.



The Verdict


In the third bellwether trial, jurors decided that there was sufficient evidence to determine that combat earplugs could shift out of their users' ears and that 3M failed to warn about this problem.


3M has reached a $9.1 million settlement resolving whistleblower allegations that 3M knowingly sold dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2) to the Department of Defense without disclosing defects.


How can the Jones Law Firm help you?


Suppose you or a loved one were actively deployed military members between 2003 and 2015 and were diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus during service in the U.S. military by using 3M defective combat earplugs. In that case, we can help you by filing a case and claiming your compensation.


If you are a veteran and are filing for 3M compensation, you will not have to worry about losing your other benefits from retirement.


To learn more about the 3M Combat Earplugs lawsuit case, you can visit us for a FREE case evaluation by clicking here.

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