3M Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuits

Last updated on: February 14, 2019

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Between 2003 and 2015, the U.S. military issued dual-ended 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2), to thousands of service members, including those on active duty in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, investigations have shown that those faulty earplugs have left many with full or partial hearing loss or tinnitus.

If you were issued 3M CAEv2 combat earplugs while serving in the military and are now experiencing hearing problems, the product defect lawyers at Zinda Law Group can help. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. And as our client, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.

To learn more about how our firm can help, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive a 100% free case evaluation with our 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit attorneys.

How Have 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Caused Injuries?

Minnesota-based military contractor 3M claimed that it designed the dual-ended CAEv2 earplugs to give wearers two layers of ear protection: one side was supposed to block out noise while the other side was intended to protect the eardrum from the percussive impact of gunfire and explosions.

However, investigations have shown that the earplugs had a critical design flaw: they were too short for proper insertion into the ear, which resulted in them dislodging and failing to protect the eardrum.

Without adequate ear protection, military personnel are susceptible to serious hearing damage. Service members, especially those stationed in combat zones, are continually bombarded with loud sounds, from gunfire and explosions to heavy machinery and aircraft.

Many veterans who were active in the military between 2003 and 2015 and who used 3M CAEv2 earplugs have experienced tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears) or full or partial hearing loss.

Has 3M Admitted Fault for Causing Hearing Loss?

A whistleblower filed a lawsuit under the False Claims Act alleging that 3M and its predecessor corporation, Aero Technologies, knew about the earplug defect as early as 2000 but continued to manufacture and market the earplugs without disclosing information about their design flaws.

Between 2003 and 2015, 3M sold hundreds of thousands of CAEv2 earplugs to the Defense Logistics Agency, which supplies equipment to army, navy, and air force personnel.

In July 2018, 3M agreed to pay a $9.1 million settlement to the U.S. military, and the compensation directly benefits military personnel who have suffered injuries from using CAEv2 earplugs.

How Do I Recover Compensation for My Hearing Damage?

If you believe you have suffered hearing damage due to using 3M CAEv2 earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and all the other ways your injuries have cost you.

The criteria for bringing a claim include the following:

  • You served in the U.S. Armed Forces between 2003 and 2015.
  • You were issued 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, during your military service.
  • You now suffer from tinnitus or permanent hearing loss.

It is important to note that the same criteria applies even if you currently receive disability or other service-related benefits.

Zinda Law Group Fights for Our Nation’s Veterans

At Zinda Law Group, we have helped thousands of injury victims get their lives back on track after an injury. Our Combat Arms Earplugs lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

Our firm also believes that hearing loss victims should never have to worry about their ability to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations and why you will pay nothing unless we secure a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your claim. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.

If you or a loved one has suffered hearing loss from using 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our product injury lawyers.

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