Military Hearing Loss Claims

3M Defective Earplug Lawsuit

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Do You Have a Case?

If you or a loved one served in the military anytime between 2003 and 2015 and now suffer from permanent hearing loss or tinnitus after using 3M dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation and damages for your injury. These discontinued combat earplugs were reportedly standard-issue for military service members during this time-frame.

The defective earplugs may have caused significant hearing loss in military veterans who served in Afghanistan or Iraq and reserve members who remained in the United States but routinely fired weapons for training. Defense contractor 3M Company settled a False Claims Act lawsuit in July that alleged the duel-ended Combat Arms earplugs it supplied were defective and caused hearing loss in many service members. Call us today or fill out our free, no obligation case review form to learn more about your potential claim.

 

Hearing Loss & Tinnitus

Tinnitus can cause annoying sounds in quiet surroundings that only the sufferer can hear which include:

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Ringing

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Hissing

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Clicking

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Buzzing

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Roaring

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Whistling

Failure to Disclose Design Defects

The 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs were manufactured initially by Aearo Technologies, and the company was aware of the flawed design as early as 2000 according to a 3M whistleblower lawsuit initialted by Moldex-Metric under the False Claims Act, which resulted in a 9.1 million settlement.

There is also a complaint in the 3M lawsuit that alleges that 3M and Aearo Technolgies manipulated the test results of the earplugs to meet the U.S. government’s required product standards. These fraudulent activities and false claims resulted in damages that 3M has to pay in the settlement.

What Damages Can I Recover?

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Medical Expenses

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Pain and Suffering

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Disability

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Lost Wages

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Emotional Anguish/Distress

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Punitive Damages (in some cases)

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