3M Military Combat Earplugs
Were you in the military anytime between 2003-2015? You were likely exposed to defective earplugs that damaged hundreds of thousands of veterans. Many now have tinnitus or other serious hearing problems. The United States Department of Justice has recently reported that a long-time defense contractor, 3M paid more than $9 million to settle a lawsuit regarding the Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) it sold to the military. The CAEv2 earplugs were standard issue for troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015 and are believed to have contributed to service members’ significantly deteriorated hearing.
This whistleblower lawsuit revealed that the earplugs failed safety testing in 2000 and that 3M was aware of the design defect and its potential to harm users but continued to sell CAEv2s to the U.S. military. The product had a defective dual ended fitting tip which resulted in injury. As a result, many service members have experienced severe hearing loss.
At Greensboro Law Center, we proudly represent men and women who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. We also believe that our military servicemembers and veterans deserve the best, and we are saddened to learn of the negligence of 3M in selling the defective and harmful CAEv2 earplugs to the Defense Logistics Agency.
If you have used the CAEv2 earplugs during deployment in Afghanistan or Iraq between 2003 and 2015 (or in any other capacity during this time period), we urge you to have your hearing assessed and seek legal representation immediately regarding any auditory damage you may have. We are a group of highly skilled, compassionate attorneys, and we know what it takes to help our valued military clients get fair compensation for their injuries. If you sustained hearing damage or loss after using CAEv2 earplugs, we are prepared to evaluate your case for free and give you the legal guidance you need during this time. Call the Greensboro Law Center and ask for Drew Brown at (336) 478-6000.