3M Military Earplug Lawsuits

Representing Injured Servicemembers3M military earplugs

If you are a member of the armed forces or veteran who has suffered hearing loss or ear injury after using 3M military earplugs between the years 2003 and 2015, you may be entitled to receive compensation. After the government issued these earplugs to servicemembers, it was discovered that they were defective and did not protect wearer’s ears from loud sounds on the battlefield and in training.

In July 2018, the U.S. government sued 3M for selling defective combat earplugs. The case resolved with 3M being forced to pay a settlement of $9.1 million. It was also determined that the company knew that their product was defective at the time of selling them to the government, making them liable for the damages the product caused. However, the settlement money was only paid to the government and was not secured for the victims.

If you or a family member has suffered hearing loss or ear injury and was issued 3M combat earplugs during 2003 and 2015, Golomb & Honik, P.C. can represent you. Call our 3M earplug lawsuit attorneys at (215) 278-4449 today!

Ear Injuries Caused by Defective 3M Earplugs

Members of the Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy wore 3M’s product “Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplug” as a standard equipment item to protect their ears from the sounds of gun shots, explosions, and loud equipment.

However, the stem of the earplug is too short, preventing the wearer from inserting it far enough into the ear canal to provide proper protection. The packaging instructions explains that a wearer may optionally roll back the first flange of the earplug stem to achieve a better fit, but it failed to explain that this is a necessary step for the product to work effectively. It was revealed that the original manufacturers, Aearo Technologies (which was purchased by 3M in 2008), were aware of this defect from as early as 2000, but failed to fix the product or adjust the instructions appropriately.

A significant number of servicemembers who relied on the earplugs have suffered from a wide range of ear injuries, including tinnitus, an effect of the ear’s sound receptors becoming damaged. Tinnitus causes an individual to hear ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing, or clicking in the ear either intermittently or persistently. The more severe the exposure to loud noises, the more noticeable and constant the tinnitus can be, potentially causing significant negative effects on one’s quality of life. Other servicemembers experienced decreased hearing capacity, extreme sensitivity to sound, or total deafness.

Types of Compensation You May Receive

Let our experienced product liability attorneys help you hold 3M accountable for your injuries.

You may be entitled to receive compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Lost wages

Our seasoned trial attorneys have won over $2 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients, and are prepared to represent you as well. Do not hesitate to contact our Philadelphia 3M earplug lawyers today to discuss your case in a consultation. We represent injury victims in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.

Send us a message online or call us at (215) 278-4449 to arrange your initial consultation. We can help you understand whether you might have a case and what your legal options are.

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