3M Defective Earplug Litigation
In a startling settlement in July 2018, the 3M corporation agreed to pay $9.1 million in a False Claims Act lawsuit to settle allegations that it knowingly supplied the United States military with defective earplugs. The lawsuit brought on behalf of the government alleged that the company covered up the fact that the dual-ended earplugs could loosen, allowing hearing damage to occur and that thousands of service members were supplied the defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs from 2003 to 2015.
Servicemembers and combat veterans have reported multiple side effects, including:
- Hearing loss
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
- Permanent hearing damage
We are investigating claims related to the 3M Combat Arms earplugs and the subsequent hearing loss and tinnitus reported by servicemembers. Military personnel who were diagnosed with these problems after using the defective earplugs may file lawsuits against the manufacturer alleging that 3M knowingly supplied the defective earplugs to servicemembers leaving them vulnerable to hearing damage, hearing loss and tinnitus.
Filing a claim against 3M could help you recover compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Past lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Permanent or temporary disability
- Punitive damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you or a loved one was supplied 3M earplugs while in the military and have been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus, contact us today for a free consultation via e-mail or call us at 919.277.0161. You may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. There is never a fee unless we recover for you.