3M Earplug Injury

St. Louis, MO Defective 3M Earplug Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of Those Injured Due to 3M’s Negligence

3M has been hit with a wave of lawsuits over its defective dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs. Plaintiffs allege the company knowingly sold these defective earplugs to the U.S. Department of Defense, putting our nation’s troops at risk for tinnitus (ringing in the ears), balance loss, hearing loss, and various types of hearing damage.

If you or a loved one has been injured by defective 3M earplugs, you may have the right to compensation through a civil lawsuit against 3M. For comprehensive legal counsel you can depend on, contact our St. Louis lawyers at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm.

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Founded in 1996, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is staffed with attorneys passionate about protecting the rights of their injured friends and neighbors. Our tailored legal services and unwavering dedication have led us to recover millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Along the way, we have also won acclaim from U.S. News—Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers®, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Leading Lawyers, and others.

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Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Found to Be Defective

In 2018, a whistleblower alleged that 3M was aware of defects in its Combat Arms earplugs as far back as 2000. The company had initially created the dual-ended earplugs to have two functions: One end would block out all sound, while the other would filter out loud noises. But when these earplugs were tested for safety, they were found to loosen and slip out of place. This rendered them ineffective and put users at risk of suffering hearing damage.

Instead of going back to the drawing board, 3M purportedly pushed the defective earplugs to market and sold them to the Department of Defense. From 2003 to 2015, Combat Arms earplugs were standard issue for all military personnel.

To date, nearly a quarter million veterans have filed suit over a range of hearing problems, with most alleging that 3M covered up design flaws, falsified safety test results, and failed to provide instructions for proper use.

Who Can File a 3M Earplug Lawsuit?

Any person injured by defective dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs likely has the right to file suit against 3M. Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering, hospital and other medical bills, and reduced earning potential, among other damages. That said, there is a time limit to filing a case. To ensure the statute of limitations on your case does not run out, speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

Learn Your Rights in a Free Consultation

At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we will not let 3M get away with endangering military service members. If you suffered hearing damage during your time in the military between 2003 and 2015, don’t hesitate to reach out to our St. Louis lawyers. Taking advantage of our free consultations does not create any obligation to move forward with legal action.

Call (314) 701-7722 to discuss your rights with a St. Louis defective 3M earplug attorney.


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