3M Defective Combat Earplugs Lawsuit

If you have been suffering from or have been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of wearing dual-sided Combat Arms Earplugs™(CAEv2) between 2002-2016, you may be eligible for compensation. If you wore these earplugs during any of the following tours, please contact Romanucci & Blandin today:

  • American Intervention in Libya (2015 to present)
  • American-led intervention in Libya (2011- part of Libyan Crisis)
  • American-led intervention in Iraq (2014 – 2017)
  • American-led Intervention in Syria (2014 to present)
  • The Iraq War
  • Operation Ocean Shield in the Indian Ocean
  • War of Afghanistan
  • War in North-West Pakistan (part of War on Terror)
  • War in Somalia
  • Yemeni Civil War (2015 to present)
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Veterans May Be Entitled To Compensation

The VA has stated, that at the end of the fiscal year in 2015, there were over 1 million veterans who suffered from hearing loss and were receiving disability compensation. Contact Romanucci & Blandin today if you are a veteran and have suffered from tinnitus or hearing loss.

You may be eligible for compensation if you or a loved one:

  • Suffer from tinnitus or hearing loss
  • Were issued earplugs during your time in the military
  • Served in the U.S. Military between 2003-2015

Soldiers Put at Risk Because of Defective Earplugs, Sold by 3M

3M was the seller and distributor of earplugs between 2003-2015, and these earplugs were given to thousands of men and women who were deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. 3M has agreed to a payout of $9.1 million, as a result of the allegations that they knew the earplugs were defective. 3M has claimed no wrongdoing however, despite their settlement with the Department of Justice.

The VA has stated, that at the end of the fiscal year in 2015, there were over 1 million veterans who suffered from hearing loss and were receiving disability compensation.

The money that 3M is paying in their settlement does not go to veterans or soldiers though. In order to receive compensation for their injuries, they need to file a civil lawsuit, and Romanucci & Blandin is here to help.

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Tinnitus & Hearing Loss Among US Troops & Veterans


Tinnitus is a condition in which the person suffers from intermittent or continuous ringing in their ears. Tinnitus is a condition that is very common with veterans, since they were exposed to a variety of damaging sounds, including explosions, machinery and gunfire. In order to protect military personnel from these damaging sounds, 3M’s Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs were utilized to protect their ears. Unfortunately, these earplugs were not effective at protecting their ears, and many military personnel suffered from hearing loss and tinnitus as a result. There are many negative effects of tinnitus and this condition can often be life-altering.

People with tinnitus can suffer from hearing troublesome sounds in quiet surroundings. These sounds can include:

  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Ringing
  • Roaring
  • Whistling

Hearing Loss

Many veterans have also suffered from hearing loss, as a result of wearing 3M’s Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs. Hearing loss is a very common medical condition that veterans suffer from and this can be life-altering and permanent. There are many instances in which hearing loss is not treatable, which is why so many precautions are in place to prevent this from occurring.

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Why is there a 3M earplugs lawsuit for military veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus?

There is a defective product lawsuit against 3M for selling their defective earplugs that caused veterans to suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss. Companies can be held liable for injuries that are the result of selling and distributing a product that is defective.

The lawsuit against 3M alleges that the earplugs were not long enough to provide wearers with sufficient protection. Since there was an issue with the device’s fit inside of the ear, the earplugs would become loose and allow damaging sounds to enter the ear.

3M’s earplugs were used during different aspects of military personnel training and were also given to men and women who were in Afghanistan and Iraq. The earplugs were used within the United States and were used overseas as well.

Veterans who suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss are now filling a lawsuit against 3M for allowing them to use defective devices that caused them injuries. If you or a loved one wore these earplugs and have suffered tinnitus or hearing loss as a result, you may be eligible for compensation.

Seek Compensation For Your Injuries

3M is still not taking responsibility for injuries incurred, even though they knowingly sold earplugs to the US Government that were defective. Although the company has agreed to a settlement of $9.1 million, that money will not be going to the veterans who suffered injuries. In order for veterans to seek compensation, they need to file a lawsuit against 3M.

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Is a 3M Earplug Attorney Affordable?

Absolutely. Your 3M earplug attorney will only get paid if they win your case and the lawsuit results in a settlement. If your case does not result in a settlement, you do not have to pay anything. If your case does result in a settlement, your attorney will receive a percentage of that settlement.

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3M Company Pays $9.1 Million, Resulting From Allegations That They Knowingly Sold Defective Earplugs to the U.S. Military

An announcement was issued by the Department of Justice on July 26, 2018, saying that 3M will have to pay $9.1 million as the result of allegations that the military earplugs they sold to the U.S. Military were defective. 3M has been accused of selling and distributing their earplugs, without warning the U.S. military about the possible defects in the design that could cause the wearers to suffer from hearing loss and tinnitus.

Chad A. Readler, the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Department’s Civil Division, issued a statement, saying, “The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the men and women serving in the United States military from defective products and fraudulent conduct…”

3M’s earplugs were not able to provide the military officers with the protection that their ears needed and because of this negligence, they need to be held accountable. Director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit, Frank Robey, stated, “Today’s settlement will ensure that those who do business with the government know that their actions will not go unnoticed”.

Aearo Technologies , Inc. is also connected to this settlement, since they were acquired in 2008 by 3M. Both companies have been accused of having knowledge that the earplugs were not long enough to be inserted fully into the ear and that they did not provide the wearer with sufficient protection. 3M will pay the $9.1 million to the U.S. Government, but they have not admitted to any wrongdoing and they have not accepted responsibility.

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If you or a loved one have suffered from hearing loss or tinnitus as the result of wearing defective 3M Dual-Ended Combat Earplugs, please call us today at 312-458-1000 or toll free at 888-458-1145. If you are unsure as to what type of earplugs you were given during your time in the military, we are here to help. 3M’s earplugs have been discontinued, but they were given to thousands of military personnel who were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq between 2003-2015.

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