Personal Injury Attorney in Palm Springs
Get to Know the Firm

3M Military Combat Earplug Lawyer in Palm Springs

Representing Injured Veterans

The 3M Company — known to many civilians for their various consumer products which include adhesives, cleaning supplies, bandages, and more — supplied the military with earplugs for much of the early 2000s. The ear plugs were marketed under the brand name “3M Combat Arms Earplugs,” and were supposed to limit noise and protect users’ hearing.

However, the earplugs were poorly designed and exposed hundreds of military members to the loud sounds of combat. 3M Combat Arms Earplugs injuries are the subject of mass tort litigation across the country. If you sustained injuries caused by this product’s defects, contact Christopher C. Vader PC.

To schedule a free consultation with our lawyer, complete our contact form or call (760) 537-4457.

About 3M Combat Arms Earplugs

3M Combat Arms Earplugs were provided to the each branch of the United States military between the years of 2003 and 2015. They were given to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines who fought in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan during those years.

In the beginning years of the contract with the military, the earplugs were manufactured by Aearo Technologies Inc. Aearo Technologies Inc. was acquired by 3M in 2008, and the company continued distributing Combat Arms Earplugs to military members.

3M Combat Arms Earplugs Defects

The design of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs has a cone-like shape on each side. The flared design of the ear plugs was meant to pad the ears, protect the inner ear, and to cover and seal the full opening of the ears. Although this was the intention of the ear plug’s shape, they were not designed or manufactured in a way that provided full protection — they were not long enough to fully insert into the ears, and could loosen, exposing the wearer to noise. The defect was unfortunately not visibly noticeable, so many people did not see that the ear plugs were not providing full protection until they had already sustained injuries.

Military Personnel Hearing Injuries

Without full ear coverage and protection, many veterans sustained severe harm which impacted their hearing ability. A person who used the defective earplugs may never have full hearing ability again. An injury victim may require surgery, the use of a hearing aid, and other forms of treatment to address their issues.

The use of defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs caused injuries such as:

  • Deafness
  • Partial hearing loss
  • Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears)

The organ system that controls balance is located in the inner ear, so loud noise exposure can cause balance issues, in addition to hearing problems.

Was 3M Aware of Their Product’s Defects?

Legal action related to 3M Combat Arms Earplugs injuries has uncovered evidence of the company’s negligence in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of the equipment. It has been alleged that the business did not properly test the ear plugs for safety and hearing protection. Many of the people who were originally employed by Aearo Technologies Inc. were aware of this oversight, and shared this information when they moved to 3M. 3M failed to correct the negligence of Aearo Technologies Inc., and continued to provide ear plugs to the United States military.

Call to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation

Christopher C. Vader PC represents veterans who sustained ear injuries, hearing loss, or balance issues caused by the use of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs during their service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines. Our 3M military combat earplugs attorney in Palm Springs can take on your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Send us a message or call (760) 537-4457 to discuss your case during a free consultation.

Contact Us Today - (760) 537-4457

All Consultations Are Free & Confidential
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.