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Defective 3M Earplugs Lawsuit: Everything You Need to Know


3M Combat Earplug Lawsuit

Between 2003 and 2015, manufacturer 3M had a contract with the United States government to provide the military with Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs. Unfortunately, the earplugs were found to be defective, leaving members of the military with a list of hearing problems, including hearing loss. Military servicemen and servicewomen who were provided with 3M defective earplugs who are now suffering from hearing issues may be eligible to participate in this lawsuit. Here’s what you need to know:

Hearing Problems From Defective 3M Earplugs

The 3M earplugs that were provided to protect the hearing of military personnel did quite the opposite. The earplugs were supposed to be designed for users to hear commands, but block out dangerously loud sounds. Veterans have reported the following hearing problems as a result of wearing these defective earplugs:

  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Perception of noise and ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty balancing

How is 3M Negligent?

Hundreds of 3M lawsuits have been filed by veterans against 3M, claiming that 3M’s gross negligence caused their hearing loss and other issues. The 3M lawsuits claim the following negligent behaviors on the part of 3M:

  • 3M employees knew about the earplug defects as early as 2000
  • 3M failed to disclose the results of product testing
  • 3M made false claims that the earplugs complied with military standards

Why You Need a San Antonio 3M Earplug Attorney

If you are suffering from hearing loss and other hearing problems due to using defective earplugs, you may be able to file a lawsuit against 3M under the False Claims Act. Veterans who have already filed have been able to settle and receive compensatory and punitive damages for their suffering and other losses.

If you were a military serviceman or servicewoman between 2003 and 2015, and recall using 3M’s combat earplugs, you may be able to file a lawsuit for any hearing problems you’ve suffered as a result.

If you have suffered hearing loss or impairment due to defective 3M earplugs, contact The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC today at (210) 807-3178 for a free consultation. We want to help you hold 3M accountable for their egregious actions and negligence.

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