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3M Earplugs

Legal Help With Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

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Illinois 3M Earplugs Injury Lawyer

Chicago Product Liability Attorney for Injuries to Military Service Members Due to Defective Earplugs


Members of the United States military should be provided with equipment that will protect them from suffering injuries or experiencing other forms of harm. If the equipment issued to military service members is defective, they may be unable to prevent injuries. Sadly, many people in the military may have experienced a loss of hearing and other issues affecting their health due to earplugs that failed to provide effective protection against loud noises. The manufacturer of these earplugs may be liable for the injuries that have occurred as a result.

A product manufacturer may be held responsible for injuries that took place because of design or manufacturing defects or a failure to provide proper instructions for the use of a product. Our firm can help victims take legal action to address these issues. Contact our office at 866-553-9812 for a free consultation.

3M Earplugs Illnesses and Injuries


The manufacturer who provided earplugs to the U.S. military certified that their products would provide sufficient protection to their users. However, the earplugs did not seal properly in many people's ear canals, and the manufacturer failed to provide instructions on how to insert earplugs correctly. Because of this, many people have suffered hearing loss. Those who were exposed to loud noises such as gunfire or explosions may also experience tinnitus, which involves a buzzing or ringing in the ears that can drastically affect a person's quality of life.

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These double-ended earplugs were intended to provide hearing protection in different situations. One end would provide partial protection, while the other end provided full protection. Without a proper seal, the earplugs did not adequately protect against hearing loss or related issues.

3M Earplugs Frequently Asked Questions


How Many Service Members Used Defective Earplugs?

The defective earplugs were provided to the military between 2002 and 2015. During this time, over two million people were issued earplugs that may not have provided them with proper protection in combat, during training, or when working around planes or other heavy equipment.

Was the Manufacturer Aware that Earplugs Were Defective?

Evidence has been uncovered showing that the manufacturer of the earplugs supplied to the military performed tests showing that earplugs did not provide proper protection if they were not fitted properly. 3M did not disclose this issue to the military, and it did not provide proper instructions for the fitting of earplugs.

Have Lawsuits to Address Defective Earplugs Been Successful?

In addition to a $9 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, 3M has also faced a large number of other lawsuits. Several trials have been completed so far, and in most of these cases, juries have ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and awarded verdicts of several million dollars to multiple injury victims.
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