3M Earplugs

3M Earplug Lawyers in Washington, DC


A company called 3M, formerly known as Aearo Technologies Inc., has been in the news for some time because of the earplug lawsuits involving the U.S. Department of Justice, lawsuits which continue to be filed by injured consumers to this day. In 2018, 3M and the Department of Justice settled a case that was pending in court involving their 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2), which were alleged to be faulty from 2003 to 2015. Because all branches of the U.S. military were using the earplugs in Afghanistan during this time, it became a major issue.

Between the years 2003-2015, thousands of men and women in the Army, Navy, and Air Force used these earplugs, only to find that something was incredibly wrong – veterans started to come forward claiming that they were experiencing hearing loss and tinnitus since returning from the Iraq War. Doctors started realizing that these cases had one thing in common: the 3M earplugs.

After a settlement was reached in 2018, many veterans figured that they had missed the opportunity to file and would no longer be eligible to receive compensation for their hearing loss and tinnitus caused by the 3M earplugs, but this is not the case. Anyone who has experienced hearing loss that they believe was caused by the use of 3M earplugs has a right to speak with a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to find out if you have the right to pursue a claim for your injuries and losses.

Over time, various lawsuits alleged that 3M failed to take action to inform the U.S. government about the defects in their earplugs. Because of this failure to inform, countless military service members continued to use the product and now suffer from partial or complete hearing loss.

The attorneys at the Fay Law Group in Washington, D.C. can help you determine if you have the right to compensation for your injuries and damages. We strive to thoroughly investigate all of our client’s claims to ensure that they receive full and fair compensation for their injuries and losses. Our lawyers are specialized in 3M earplug lawsuits and have experience in many aspects of product liability law. Let us assist you in your time of need. Call us today.

To get started, give us a call at (202) 589-1300 or contact us online. Your consultation is free and private.

Are You Eligible to Join Our 3M Earplug Lawsuit?

Did you serve in the United States military between the years of 2003 and 2015? Did you use 3M earplugs during that time? The Fay Law Group is currently investigating claims that may make you eligible to compensation.

When soldiers are in a combat zone, it is essential that they have their hearing properly protected. Between 2003 and 2015 active military personnel were given Combat Arms Earplugs (Version 2 – CAEv2) made by 3M. These earplugs were designed to protect soldiers ears while they were in combat. The earplugs were specifically designed so that soldiers would be able to hear life-saving orders while still blocking out the sounds of gunshots, explosions, and dangerously loud blasts.

In recent years, we have discovered that some of the 3M earplugs worn by the active service members during this time period were defective. Because the soldiers hearing was not properly protected by earplugs that were functional, the soldiers and servicemen and women who wore the ineffective 3M earplugs have claimed to have suffered from subsequent major damage to their hearing.

The 3M company failed to inform the U.S. government of the defects. The inefficient earplugs may have caused partial or complete hearing loss to the military personnel who wore the defective plugs. These men and women were led to believe their ears and hearing would be protected and safe while they served their country in combat.

We understand how important it is to investigate all of these claims so that those that have been affected by this faulty product can get the compensation that they are entitled to for their injuries and losses. It is our belief that it is important to investigate these claims and move forward with doing what we can now to protect and compensate those affected by these serious events. The veterans and active duty military personnel deserved better then and now deserve compensation for their hearing loss.


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What Made the 3M Earplugs Faulty?

The 3M earplugs were intended to be used as a way to offer the user protection for their ears. They were intended to block loud noises caused by gunshots, explosions, aircraft, tanks, and bombs that servicemen and women would be subjected to in Afghanistan and other military situations.

One end of the 3M earplug was designed to sit inside the ear canal, to block out noise and the other end of the earplug was designed to sit outside the ear canal so that noise could not enter. According to the investigative reports, the portion that was made to fit inside the ear canal was not made long enough. The 3M earplug would loosen and become ineffective after being in the ear for only a short time period. That means that the service member was being subjected to the loud noises that the earplugs were supposed to block out for extended periods of time. This resulted in the partial or complete loss of hearing. The type of damage caused may not be reversible.

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How You Can Join Our 3M Earplug Lawsuit

You may be eligible to join our 3M earplug lawsuit to get compensated for your injury. There are two requirements to be considered as a potential plaintiff.

First, you or your family member must have served and been actively deployed in the service between 2003 and 2015.

Second, you must have in order to join our 3M earplug lawsuit is a diagnosis of tinnitus from a physician or you had to have been diagnosed with hearing loss resulting in an impairment rating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Your hearing damage diagnosis must have been made at or around the time you were discharged from the military.

If you or a loved one meet these requirements, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.

At Fay Law Group, we are here to hold a liable party accountable for their actions and help our clients gain proven case results in their claims. We have over 50 years of experience assisting clients throughout the Washington, D.C. area successfully triumph in their cases. There are no upfront fees or costs if we are able to represent you or your loved one. We work on a contingency basis, so we do not receive fees or costs unless we help you obtain monetary compensation from a settlement or litigation. 

Please reach out to us at (202) 589-1300 for more information on how we can assist you.


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