3M Defective Military Earplugs Lawsuit

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U.S. veterans who were deployed in combat zones, such as Afghanistan or Iraq, can get a personal injury lawyer from Slocumb Law Firm to help them file a lawsuit if they used defective 3M military earplugs and ended up with hearing loss or tinnitus as a result. The dual-ended combat arms earplugs were purchased from industrial giant 3M and issued to military personnel by the U.S. government from approximately 2003-2015.

If you are a U.S. veteran who served in the military sometime from 2003-2015 and you suffered any kind of damage to your hearing as a result of using faulty 3M military earplugs, a personal injury lawyer from Slocumb Law Firm can help you file a lawsuit for damages. Contact us today for a free case consultation.

Thousands of American soldiers used 3M’s military earplugs as hearing protection during training exercises and while in combat, with many claiming they suffered hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of using the flawed earplugs. Depending on how they were inserted, the 3M combat earplugs were supposed to provide hearing protection in two ways. Inserted one way, all noise except lower-level sounds, such as speech, would be blocked out. Inserted the opposite way, the soldier was supposed to be protected from all noise, including the damaging sound of explosions and gunfire.

Unfortunately, a defect in 3M’s design made the military earplugs too short and allowed them to gradually come loose from the ear, leaving the soldier unknowingly exposed to harmful combat noise that often resulted in hearing loss or tinnitus. The soldier using the faulty earplugs assumed they were wearing adequate hearing protection, but a defect in the design of 3M’s combat earplugs allowed damaging sound to enter the ear canal, and now many U.S. veterans are suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus and filing lawsuits against 3M.

While military veterans can still file an individual lawsuit of their own, 3M did settle a $9.1 million False Claims Act lawsuit in 2018 with the U.S. government after the government alleged 3M sold the earplugs to the U.S. military knowing full well they had a design defect.

If you are a U.S. veteran who served in the military sometime from 2003-2015 and you used defective 3M military earplugs, there’s a chance you may have suffered damage to your hearing. Common symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Temporary loss of hearing that seems to be restored after 48 hours
  • Sounds that seem muffled or distorted
  • Difficulty hearing people when they talk
  • Having to turn up the volume on the TV or other devices

Tinnitus is characterized as hearing sound when there isn’t any present. Common warning signs of tinnitus include:

  • Hearing ringing, roaring, buzzing, hissing, humming, or clicking in your ears
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Inability to hear external sounds
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Problems sleeping
  • Irritability, anxiety, depression
  • Memory issues

The personal injury attorneys from Slocumb Law Firm are ready to serve the brave men and women who served our country and suffered hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of using defective 3M military earplugs. Our personal injury lawyers will hold 3M accountable for its negligence and help you get the compensation you’re entitled to.

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