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If you suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after serving in the military, you're not alone. Thousands are seeking compensation for their pain and suffering. The 3M Combat Arms case is the largest litigation in U.S. history.
Around 400,000 service members have filed claims against 3M for knowingly selling defective earplugs to the military.
The truth is, 3M knew for years that the earplugs don't work as promised and concealed the defects to make more money.
Do you meet these qualifications? If so, you may be entitled to thousands in compensation.
4 plaintiffs in 2 earplugs trials were recently awarded verdicts of $7 million and $1.7 million.
The Military Bought Combat Arms Earplugs to Protect You. It Didn't Work.
3M Combat Arms Earplugs were issued to different branches of the military from 2003 - 2015.
They were designed with 2 different ends: The yellow end was meant to allow only low level sounds like spoken commands through while blocking ballistic noises.
The olive green end was meant to completely block sound. 3M knew, but concealed from the military, that the earplugs would loosen and slip from the ear canal, allowing dangerous decibel levels into service members' ears.
Despite knowing the earplugs were defective, 3M sold its Combat Arms Earplugs to the US military and exposed servicemembers to the likelihood of hearing loss and tinnitus.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits have already won millions in verdicts.
3M Combat Arms Earplugs were issued from 2003 - 2015
You may have used them in foreign combat or training exercises. The earplugs were issued during these missions:
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Ocean Shield
The War on Terror in Northwest Pakistan
The War in Somalia
The Libya Crisis
Iraq and Syria Interventions
Yemen Civil War
3M Settled a Lawsuit by the Department of Justice for $9.1 Million.
In 2018, 3M settled claims by the Justice Department that it knowingly sold the military defective earplugs for $9.1 million. The DOJ alleged 3M and its predecessor Aearo Technologies knew Combat Arms Earplugs were defective as early as 2000.
The DOJ settlement does not compensate injured service members for their hearing loss and tinnitus. Instead, you have to file your own claim to be eligible for compensation. Combat Arms Earplugs cases are consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) consisting of about 400,000 military members' cases.
MDLs make filing your case easier because most plaintiffs never have to go to court. The lead attorneys pursue claims on behalf of all injured plaintiffs, and you receive a settlement when it's resolved.
3M should be held liable for placing our brave service members in danger of deafness, hearing loss, and tinnitus. They knew for years Combat Arms Earplugs were defective, yet concealed the defects to protect their lucrative military contract.
Veterans on Disability
If you or a loved one served in the military between 2003 - 2015 and were diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus, get in touch with an experienced lawyer to help you get justice and compensation.
Filing your case will NOT affect your VA Disability eligibility.
This is NOT a lawsuit against the government or military.