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3M Combat Arms Earplugs Lawsuit Attorney

3M Company manufactured and supplied the United States military with Combat Arms earplugs to protect the service members’ ears from the loud sounds associated with military training and combat. Defects in the earplugs were found to be responsible for significant hearing loss and tinnitus experienced by thousands of soldiers. At Laminack, Pirtle & Martines, our accomplished personal injury and trial attorneys are dedicated to securing compensation for their medical expenses and losses.

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More Information on the 3M Combat Earplug Lawsuit

Thousands of U.S. service members received 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs while deployed overseas from 2003 to 2015. Instead of safeguarding their hearing, these earplugs, according to military personnel, were defective and contributed to significant hearing issues.

In July 2018, 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million to the U.S. military to settle allegations that it knowingly provided faulty earplugs. Although 3M did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement, the U.S. Government's lawsuit claimed that 3M was aware of the earplugs' shortcomings, including their tendency to loosen slightly, potentially causing hearing damage, and that 3M misrepresented the earplugs' safety.

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3M Dual Earplug Design

The 3M Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs feature plugs on both ends. One end is designed to block all sound, while the other is meant to block loud impulse noises, such as explosions, while still permitting the wearer to hear soft sounds like officer commands. The lawsuit contended that these earplugs were too short and ill-fitting for some users, often coming loose without their knowledge. This inadequate fit left military personnel's ears vulnerable. The U.S. Government claimed that 3M employees knew of these defects as early as 2000.

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