3M, a government contractor, has agreed to pay millions of dollars after being accused of selling defective earplugs to the military from at least 2003 to 2015.  The dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs™, made by 3M™, were found to have design defects that decreased their effectiveness and exposed soldiers to substantial hearing loss and tinnitus. If you or a loved one suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after serving in the military, Contact Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane to see if you qualify for monetary compensation.

In a Department of Justice press release, Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler said, “The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the men and women serving in the United States military from defective products and fraudulent conduct. Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences.”

Department of Justice’s Claims & Early Victories is Only the Start

The US Department of Justice alleges that 3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs™ design was defective and did not allow for a tight enough seal. Moreover, this alleged defect caused the earplugs to loosen while being worn. Thus, this defect would allow high-decibel noises to cause hearing damage, an ongoing medical problem facing countless soldiers today.

The Department of Justice accused 3M™, the Combat Arms Earplugs manufacturer of knowingly selling defective earplugs to the military without disclosing the defect.

Since, the manufacturers of the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs™ have already agreed to pay at least $9.1 Million in compensation.

What is the Defect? | Combat Earplug Lawsuits

Combat earplugs are specially designed for the military to protect the hearing of our armed forces from the noise created by weapon fire and explosions. Moreover, they are supposed to protect from constant noises 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.”

However, the dual-ended earplugs were too short to be properly inserted. As a result, the earplugs could gradually loosen without one noticing. When the earplugs are not fitted firmly in place, it can lead to hearing loss. Even worse, according to the Department of Justice press release, the government also accused 3M of knowing about the defect before selling the earplugs and failing to notify the military about the problem.

If you were active in any branch of the military (including Reserves and National Guard) at any time from 2003 to 2015 and suffered hearing loss, you may be eligible for financial compensation from the earplug manufacturer. Contact Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane for a FREE Consultation by filling out an Online Contact Form or by Calling 504-523-2434 Today. 

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Combat Earplug Lawsuits | Military Hearing Loss Claims

Filing a combat arms earplug lawsuit will put current and former members of the United States armed forces in the best position to recover compensation for:

  • Medical Bills
  • Temporary Disability
  • 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

A recent VA study reported that more than 2.6 Million veterans are receiving some form of disability compensation for hearing loss and/or tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears). You may be entitled to compensation from the earplug manufacturers if you or a loved one:

  • Served in the military between 2003-2015
  • Were issued earplugs during service
  • Suffer from permanent hearing loss or tinnitus


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