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Attorneys Representing Hearing Loss Victims Who Used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs

3M combat arms earplug hearing loss attorneysIn July of 2018, the 3M Corporation agreed to a $9.1 million settlement with the federal government over a False Claims Act lawsuit filed against the company related to its Combat Arms Earplugs. The lawsuit alleged that the company knew that its dual-ended earplugs were defective in that they did not adequately protect members of the military from hearing damage.

More specifically, the federal government alleged that 3M was aware of and covered up the fact that the earplugs could loosen easily while being worn, which minimizes the effectiveness in preventing damage to the inner ears of American service members.

3M is alleged to have supplied thousands of service members with the defective earplugs throughout the period from 2003 to 2015. The military men and women who may have been affected by these defective devices may be eligible for financial compensation for their injuries and other damages suffered.

About 3M’s Defective Military Earplugs

3M, formerly known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, is based in Minneapolis, MN and manufactures a wide variety of products in the worker safety, health care, and consumer goods markets. The company’s Combat Arms Earplugs were specifically designed for military service members who are exposed to loud noises which could cause hearing damage and, ultimately, hearing loss.

The Combat Arms Earplugs are supposed to provide hearing protection from close range firearms, explosives, large machinery and vehicle engines, and other types of damaging noise. However, the earplugs can only protect from hearing damage if they are properly secured and are able to stay in place in a person’s ear.  

The design of the Combat Arms Earplugs is defective in that it allows the earplugs to become loose from the ear canal which allows the sound waves into the ear, potentially resulting in hearing damage or loss. Making matters worse, 3M was allegedly well aware of this defective design but continued to sell the earplugs to the United States military from 2003 to 2015.

How Do I Know If I Have A Case?

If you have questions about your eligibility to pursue a claim, it may be in your best interests to simply reach out to our office and share the details of your situation so that we can evaluate and provide you with a recommendation about the next steps in the process. 

We are currently investigating defective 3M earplug injury claims involving military service members who identify with the following:

  • Served in the United States Military between 2003 and 2015;
  • Used 3M Combat Arms or other "dual-ended" earplugs during firearms and/or explosives training;
  • Diagnosed with tinnitus and/or hearing loss;
  • Received a 10% disability rating due to hearing loss;

Common Injuries Caused By Combat Arms Earplugs

Hearing loss can come in many forms, and you should always consult with your physician or a hearing specialist to get a clear diagnosis of any hearing damage or loss you may be suffering from. Some of the more common symptoms, conditions, and injuries victims are reporting include:

  • Ear pain or discomfort
  • Partial or total hearing loss
  • Tinnitus, or chronic ringing of the ears
  • Permanent damage to the eardrum or other parts of the ear

Again, these are just some of the more common side-effects, injuries, and issues military service members are suffering from after trusting 3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs to protect them from ear damage and hearing loss. If you are suffering from any ear-related complications after wearing 3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs, consult with your physician to get a clear diagnosis and determine if you have been affected by 3M's defective earplugs. 

Free Consultations For 3M Earplug Victims

The award-winning attorneys at Davis Law Group are investigating hearing loss claims on behalf of injured victims who have worn 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. If you or a loved one is suffering and you believe that 3M’s defective earplugs may be responsible, contact Seattle's top-rated personal injury lawyers at Davis Law Group to speak with our legal team about your potential case.

We offer a free case evaluation and consultation to anyone who wishes to pursue a personal injury claim or learn more about their legal rights. Call our office in Seattle at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to get started and to speak with our legal team.

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