Latest News: Florida Jury Awards $7.1 Million to 3 Veterans in First 3M Combat Earplug Lawsuit – Three veterans who suffered hearing loss and other problems after using allegedly defective military combat earplugs manufactured by 3M Company have been awarded $7.1 million in damages by a federal jury in Florida. The jury award includes compensatory damages and several million dollars in punitive damages designed to punish 3M for failing to provide instructions for the proper use of the military earplugs or warnings about the potential for the earplugs to damage users’ hearing… Learn More
Compensation may be available for any service member who served in the U.S. military that was diagnosed with partial or total hearing loss, or who suffered from tinnitus caused during service in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015 potentially due to faulty ear plugs.
Military servicemen and women who have used dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs manufactured by 3M Company may have suffered noise-induced deafness, hearing loss, tinnitus and other problems due to a design defect that allows the earplugs to gradually, and subtly, loosen until they fail to properly provide the desired noise cancellation for certain users. 3M has already been ordered to pay $9.1 million in a False Claims Act lawsuit for failing to disclose this design defect to the military, but that won’t bring back the hearing of those who have already suffered full or partial hearing loss from the allegedly defective earplugs. The Combat Arms Earplugs manufactured by 3M were designed for military use and were used by thousands of servicemen and women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2015. If you were active in any branch of the military (including Reserves and National Guard) between 2003 and 2015, and suffered hearing loss possibly caused by defective combat earplugs, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the earplug manufacturer.
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Military servicemembers who have suffered hearing loss and other problems from defective combat earplugs may file lawsuits alleging that 3M:
• Designed and manufactured defective combat earplugs
• Knew for years that its earplugs contained design defects that could pose a risk of deafness or hearing loss for users
• Failed to disclose this design defect to the U.S. military
• Knowingly supplied defective combat earplugs to the military despite the design defects
• Put users at risk for hearing loss without their knowledge
Filing a combat earplug lawsuit could help members of the armed forces recover compensation for:
• Medical bills
• Temporary or permanent disability
• Loss of the ability to work
• Lost wages
• Loss of future earning capacity
• Pain and suffering
• Loss of enjoyment of life
• Loss of consortium
• Punitive damages
What are Combat Earplugs?
Combat earplugs are specially designed earplugs used by the military to protect members of the armed forces from high-level noises like weapons fire and explosions, and constant noise such as that from aircraft and armored vehicles, that could damage their hearing. According to the 3M website, “Combat Arms Earplugs (CAE) meet the demanding hearing protection needs of the armed forces. In the Open/Weapons Fire mode, CAE allows greater situational awareness than a common foam earplug yet helps attenuate dangerous peak levels with a filter element that reacts quickly to provide increased protection. In the Closed/Constant Protection mode, CAE protects against high-level steady noises like those in tracked vehicles and air transport.” Despite these claims, it has been found that 3M’s combat earplugs may contain a design defect that could put users at risk for hearing loss, tinnitus and other serious, debilitating problems. The earplugs at issue here are 3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) and, according to the whistleblower lawsuit, Aearo Technologies, Inc., acquired by 3M in 2008, was aware of the issue with the combat earplugs as early as 2000.
Defective Military Combat Earplugs Resources
Were you or a family member diagnosed with partial or total hearing loss, or suffer from tinnitus caused during service in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015 due to faulty ear plugs?
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