Over $9 Million
In July 2018, the Department of Justice announced that 3M®, the sole supplier of dual-ended Combat Earplugs agreed to pay out over $9,000,000 to settle allegations that it willingly sold earplugs that were defective, putting soldiers at high risk of permanent hearing damage.
If you were part of the military and are now combating Hearing Loss or Tinnitus due to 3M® Earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation.
How Did it Start?
3M’s® Combat Arms Earplugs were originally designed for soldiers in combat and featured a unique double-sided design. The earplugs were intended to block loud noises such as explosions, but allow for the hearing of softer noises, such as verbal commands.
This adaptability led the United States Military to purchase these earplugs for active-duty service members. However, emerging lawsuits now allege that 3M® was aware of the defective design, which allowed much more noise to enter inside a users ear than stated. Through combat, the earplug would gradually become loose, allowing for extensive damage to our service members hearing.
3M® Earplugs allegedly have a dangerous design that can cause them to subtly loosen while being worn. This defect can allow dangerous sounds to enter the ear canal and cause hearing damage, one of the largest ongoing medical problems facing soldiers today. Millions of service members were issued 3M® Earplugs while engaging in foreign conflicts.
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