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What Was Wrong With 3M Earplugs?

Military members in combat settings know the dangers they face and the possible risk of injury. What most don’t expect is to be given defective products meant to ensure their own safety. But, that’s exactly what happened between 2002 and 2015.

After many reports of hearing loss, tinnitus, and even deafness by military members and veterans, the U.S. Department of Justice investigated the matter. They soon found that the 3M earplugs issued to service members were defective.

What They Were Designed to Do

The 3M combat earplugs were marketed as “dual-ended” earplugs, with one yellow end and one green. One side was meant to protect military members from extremely loud noises in combat settings while the other end was meant to protect the ear canal but still allow military members to hear commands.

What They Failed to Do

Unfortunately, the earplugs were made too short to be fully inserted in the ear. As a result of this defect, the earplugs were not sealed properly. When this failure occurred, the ears of combat soldiers were no longer protected in the proper manner. Soon after using these 3M plugs, service members began suffering from hearing loss, deafness, and tinnitus.

Helping You Pursue Your 3M Earplug Lawsuit

If you were a member of the United States armed forces between 2002 and 2015, you may have been issued these defective 3M combat earplugs. You may now be suffering from symptoms such as tinnitus or partial hearing loss.

You deserve to be fully compensated for any pain and suffering you may have had to endure as a result of these conditions. For help pursuing a lawsuit, turn to the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Pratt Clay.

These types of claims have a very strict statute of limitations, so the time to act is now. We will advise you on your rights as well as what you can expect moving forward with your 3M lawsuit.

Contact Pratt Clay at (404) 998-5258 to discuss your potential case with our product liability attorneys.