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3M Military Earplugs Lawsuits

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3M Military EarplugNorth Carolina is home to two of the largest military bases in the country: Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg. At Wilson Law, P.A. our team of skilled legal advocates are committed to assisting veterans throughout North Carolina with their legal matters.

From personal injury cases to wrongful death cases, we are here to provide members of the armed services with aggressive legal representation they need to protect their rights and interests.

U.S Military Sues 3M

In 2018, 3M was sued by the United States government for selling the military defective combat earplugs. As a result of the lawsuit, 3M was forced to pay a $9.1 million settlement to the government. According to details from the lawsuit, 3M was aware that the product they sold to military contained a defect that decreased the effectiveness of hearing protection.

Which 3M Earplugs Are Defective?

3M has two versions of combat earplugs. One version is single-ended, while the other is dual-ended. The dual-ended earplugs contained defects that could cause serious hearing damage. The defective earplugs are known as “Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs” and were part of 3M’s Military Combat Safety Gear line. The earplugs were standard issue equipment for several branches of the armed services between 2003 and 2015.

Injuries Caused by the Defective 3M Combat Earplugs: Tinnitus & Hearing Loss

Tinnitus is an intermittent or continuous ringing in your ears. The volume of the ringing can vary. Because veterans are exposed to intense sound levels caused by gunfire, aircraft, machinery, and explosions, they commonly develop tinnitus. 3M’s Dual-Ended Combat Arms earplugs were supposed to protect veterans from harmful noises, but because the product was ineffective, countless veterans sustained severe hearing loss.

Veterans with tinnitus often have trouble concentrating and sleeping. Unfortunately, tinnitus is usually a permanent condition.

People suffering from tinnitus often hear the following sounds in quiet settings:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Roaring
  • Whistling

Symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Hearing slowly fades away
  • Difficulty hearing others
  • Sensitivity to sound

Get the Compensation You Deserve

Although 3M paid the government $9.1 million for the defective earplugs supplied to our Servicemembers, the money did not go to injured members of our military. Wilson Law, P.A. is investigating claims related to the 3M Combat Arms earplugs and subsequent hearing loss and tinnitus.

Servicemembers who were diagnosed with these problems after using the 3M Combat Earplugs may file lawsuits against the device manufacturers alleging that 3M knowingly supplied the defective earplugs to servicemembers leaving them vulnerable to injuries. Contact Wilson Law, P.A. today to find out how we can assist with your claim.

Filing a claim against 3M may entitle you to compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages

The Only MDL Leadership Member in North Carolina

As more and more military members and veterans have filed suit against the 3M Company for hearing loss injuries, federal court judges have appointed an official multi-district litigation (MDL) leadership team for the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. Joining this prestigious leadership team is our own Raleigh attorney, Kimberly Wilson White, who is currently serving as the only member from North Carolina. Ms. White was chosen from over 200 lawyer applicants, due to her experience with 3M earplug lawsuits and other product liability cases, and she serves on the Science & Experts Committee.

Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one was supplied 3M earplugs between 2003 and 2015 while serving in the military, you may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. Schedule your free consultation with Wilson Law, P.A. today. If you cannot come to us, we’ll come to you. Our experienced legal team is ready to go to work on behalf of injured Servicemembers. Remember, there is never a fee unless we recover for you.

Call (919) 800-0919 to schedule your free consultation with our legal professionals in Raleigh.

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Than $27 Million for Our Clients*
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At Wilson Law, P.A., our dedicated Raleigh personal injury attorneys are committed to achieving positive outcomes for all our clients. We have recovered over $27 million in cases involving personal injury, product liability, dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. If you suffered an injury as a result of negligent conduct engaged in by another individual or corporation, call Wilson Law, P.A. to get an experienced team of legal professionals on your side.
Disclaimer: The cases and results above are intended to illustrate the type of matters handled by our firm, and not all the firm’s results are listed. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Each client’s case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors and facts unique to that case. *Statistics and numbers are accurate as of January 3, 2020.

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  • Skilled litigators in the courtroom
  • Vast trial experience in federal and state courts
  • Over $27 million recovered for past clients**
*Disclaimer: Experience includes Kimberly Wilson White, Attorney, and Kimberly W. Pearce, NCCP. **Disclaimer: Each case is unique and must be evaluated on individual merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. This figure was last updated on January 3, 2020.