Do you suffer from hearing loss after using 3M earplugs?

YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION. COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW FOR A FREE CASE EVALUATION.


JUNE 15th, 2022 UPDATE:  Recently, 3M has released internal documents pursuant to a Court Order that reveal that 3M was aware of the dangerous defects in some of its earplugs, but sold them anyway.  According to the newly released documents, a regional sales manager for 3M “didn’t think soldiers need to know that the earplugs they were using were 90 percent less protective than what was represented by 3M.”  Furthermore, an executive said that it was “okay to sell a product and conceal information where it will have a negative effect on our soldiers.”


The 3M Earplug Lawsuits allege that the 3M Company manufactured and sold defective Combat Arms earplugs to the military which resulted hundreds of thousands of military veterans suffering hearing loss and tinnitus.  At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our earplug attorneys are assisting veterans with the preparation and filing of 3M earplug lawsuits which seek financial compensation for their hearing loss and tinnitus suffered as a result of using 3M’s defective earplugs.  The Combat Arms earplugs were manufactured and sold by 3M to all branches of the military and have caused hundreds of thousands of soldiers to suffer hearing damage and tinnitus.

These product defect cases have been given multi-district litigation (MDL) status in the Northern District of Florida.  As of May 11th, 2022, there are over 290,779 earplug cases still pending which puts incredible pressure on 3M and their lawyers to negotiate a global settlement.

Do you suffer from hearing loss after using 3M earplugs?

YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION. COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW FOR A FREE CASE EVALUATION.

If you believe you may have been injured by a defective 3M earplug, contact the product liability lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. today to discuss your options.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO FILE A 3M EARPLUG LAWSUIT?

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our 3M combat earplug claims are handled on a contingency fee basis.  This means that we only receive a legal fee when we have successfully obtained a recovery on your behalf.  There is no financial risk to filing a 3M earplug claim.

APRIL 29th, 2022: 3M LAWSUIT LATEST UPDATE

A federal jury in Gainesville, Florida, ruled in favor of U.S. Army veteran Jonathon Vaughn in his case against defendants 3M and its subsidiary Aearo Technologies, LLC on claims that defendants’ combat earplugs failed to protect his hearing and worsened his tinnitus. His $2.2 million verdict was the ninth trial victory of the 15 bellwether trials to date in the largest litigation in the country. The case was tried in Gainesville, Florida, before Federal District Judge Steven D. Grimberg.

WHAT EARPLUGS HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH PROBLEMS?

From 2003 to 2015, 3M produced and supplied military personnel with dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2.  Service members who wore these earplugs were exposed to the potential for partial or total hearing loss.  According to an investigation, the 3M earplugs were too short to maintain a tight fit inside the wearer’s ear resulting in sounds bypassing the earplug and putting the user at risk for hearing damage.

In 2015, a rival earplug manufacturer filed a “whistleblower” lawsuit in federal court claiming that 3M was violating the False Claims Act regarding it’s dual-ended earplugs and had been deceiving the U.S. Department of Justice for years.  In July 2018, 3M reached a settlement with the Department of Justice where the manufacturer agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve the allegations that the CAEv2 earplugs caused thousands of soldiers to suffer significant hearing loss and tinnitus and exposed millions to the risks caused by 3M’s defective earplugs.

WHAT IS TINNITUS OR MILITARY HEARING LOSS?

One of the most common problems reported by service members is hearing loss.  Tinnitus is the hissing, buzzing or ringing sound in the ears.  Individuals who worked with and around heavy machinery, jet engines, gunfire, and explosions could have trouble sleeping, focusing, and concentrating because of ear damage.  This condition can make it difficult for an affected person to hear someone speaking in a conversation from as close as three feet away.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that over 2.7 million veterans currently receive military disability benefits for tinnitus or hearing loss associated with their military service.  Moreover, more than half of all military veterans report some degree of hearing loss related to their service.

HOW DOES HEARING LOSS OR TINNITUS AFFECT QUALITY OF LIFE?

The National Institute of Health published a 2018 study indicating that permanent hearing loss significant diminishes an individual’s quality of life.  Additionally, recently acquired hearing los can be a significant risk factor for psychological distress.

WILL FILING AN EARPLUG LAWSUIT AFFECT MY DISABILITY CLAIM?

No, receiving compensation for your injuries will never affect the pending disability claims or military disability benefits you receive now or in the future.  You can maintain your government paid disability benefits during and after seeking compensation from 3M because the defective earplug lawsuit involves a private government contractor and not the U.S. military directly.

You are entitled to recover the costs of your medical care, lost income, paid and suffering, loss of ordinary life, and other damages from the defendants whose wrongdoing caused your injuries.

WHAT WARS WERE 3M EARPLUGS ISSUED IN?

  • The Iraq War
  • The War in Afghanistan
  • The War in North-West Pakistan
  • The War in Somalia
  • Operation Ocean Shield in the Indian Ocean
  • American Operations in Libya (2011)
  • American Operations in Iraq (2014-2017)
  • American Operations in Syria (2014-present)
  • Yemeni Civil War (2015-present)

HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE 3M EARPLUG LAWSUITS?

Your eligibility to file a mass tort claim for compensation against 3M for defective combat earplugs requires that you have served in the military between 2003 and 2015.  Additionally, you must have been issued and used a dual-sided yellow and black Combat Arms Earplug.  Finally, you must be suffering from tinnitus (ringing ears), hearing loss, or another hearing condition.  These conditions must be documented in your VA or other medical records.

We are reviewing claims that meet the following criteria:

  1. You served in the military between 2003 and 2015;
  2. You wore military issued earplugs during service;
  3. You were exposed to loud sounds during military service;
  4. You have been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus.

HOW CAN MARIN AND BARRETT, INC. HELP ME FILE MY 3M EARPLUG CLAIM?

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our defective product attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your hearing loss or tinnitus.  We can schedule a free, no obligation virtual case consultation to discuss how you can file a CAEv2 earplug lawsuit today.  Our dedicated team of personal injury attorneys work on mass tort cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe no legal fees until we win a financial recovery on your behalf.