3M Military Settlement & Ear Plug Defects
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3M Military Settlement & Ear Plug Defects

Product Liability Lawyer and VA Disability Attorney representing injured veterans in defective combat earplug lawsuits and 3M Military Settlement claims


For over 3 years, U.S. servicemen and women were provided what consumer safety experts are calling defective earplugs, leading to serious veteran ear injuries and permanent hearing loss. Veterans have reported cases of tinnitus, and severe hearing loss, closely linked to high-decibel conditions and defective 3M earplugs provided by the military.

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has said that more than 2.7 million veterans now receive disability income due to service-related hearing loss or tinnitus.

The military defective earplugs were created by Aearo Technologies, which held an exclusive contract to supply combat earplugs to military personnel between 2003 and 2012. The Justice Department sued 3M and Aearo, claiming both 3M and Aearo Technologies Inc. knew the CAEv2 earplugs were too short for proper insertion into some users’ ears and were likely to loosen and fail to perform as intended for certain individuals.

Plaintiffs allege that 3M did not warn or disclose the design defect, and put veterans at risk of hearing loss and ear damage. 3M eventually agreed to pay a $9.1 million settlement for its defective Combat Arms Earplugs.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Product Liability Attorney and VA Disability Lawyer investigating personal injury claims from veterans and plaintiffs who used defective 3M earplugs.

Contact The Lyon Firm if you have suffered ear injury, hearing loss or tinnitus due to defective combat earplugs provided by the military. When defense contractors provide soldiers with inferior and faulty protective gear, they can be held liable in class action product liability lawsuits for their negligence. 

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3M Military Settlement & Ear Injury Lawsuits

Any active military members between the years 2002 and 2015 could have sustained hearing damage due to defective 3M combat earplugs. An investigation by the Department of Justice found that Aearo knew the earplugs were too short, and still failed to correct the alleged design flaw or warn the end users of hearing loss risk.

Veterans were often issued the earplugs during live fire training, or were meant to protect the ears of service members from aircraft and other vehicles and heavy military equipment moving around. Repeated high-decibel exposure can result in hearing loss and tinnitus, a persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears. Hearing impairments have been the single most reported disability reported among veterans since 2005.

The Lyon Firm is proud to represent any injured veteran in personal injury hearing loss VA claims or class action product liability lawsuits involving defective 3M earplugs.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to defective 3M earplugs, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding 3M military settlement and personal injury lawsuits.

Contact us today.