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Cory Watson Attorneys are investigating cases from veterans nationwide who suffered partial or total hearing loss as a result of defective 3M Combat Arms EarPlugs. These earplugs were sold to the U.S. military and distributed to thousands, putting soldiers at risk for permanent hearing loss.
This lawsuit is not against the government or armed services, and it does not affect your disability benefits.
How Can 3M Combat Arms Ear Plugs Cause Hearing Loss?
The earplugs were too short for proper insertion, causing them to gradually loosen in user’s ears until they were effectively rendered useless. According to the federal complaint, the earplugs “have likely caused thousands of soldiers to suffer significant hearing loss and tinnitus in addition to exposing millions to the risk caused by 3M’s defective earplugs.”
According to the VA, “hearing problems—including tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing, or other type of noise that originates in the head—are by far the most prevalent service-connected disability among American Veterans.”
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Defense Contractor Knowingly Put Millions of Soldiers at Risk
The Combat Arms Dual-Ended Earplugs were standard issued equipment for military personnel in all branches from 2003 to 2015. In those 12 years, the earplugs were distributed to thousands in the U.S. military, putting service men and women at risk for permanent hearing loss or impairment.
A whistleblower alleged that 3M knew about design problems as early as 2000, when the earplugs failed to pass safety tests. However, they continued to market and manufacture the dual-ended earplugs. 3M failed to disclose this defect to the military when their contract was finalized.
In July 2018, the Minnesota-based 3M Company agreed to pay a $9 million penalty to the federal government to resolve these allegations, though the company has admitted no wrongdoing.
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Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm. Our lawyers have decades of experience holding major corporations such as 3M accountable for harming hard-working Americans.
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