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3M Agreed to Settlement with the United States Government for Defective Earplugs

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If you have suffered hearing loss from the use of the dual-ended combat arms earplugs (CAEv2) while enlisted (2003-2015), please contact our office for a free consultation.


  • Were you enlisted in the military between 2003-2015?
  • Did you wear yellow and green earplugs or dual-ended earplugs called Combat Arms CAEv2 Earplugs by 3M?
  • Have you been diagnosed with hearing loss or Tinnitus?

Every day the men and women in our military put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. They depend on equipment to enhance their performance when addressing our nation's needs. Unfortunately, some companies put profits over the well-being of our soldiers. From 2003-2015, dual-ended combat arms earplugs (CAEv2) from 3M were standard issue to U.S. military members.

The military issued these earplugs without knowledge of the defects. These earplugs placed thousands of our service members at risk of hearing loss. According to news reports, Aearo Technologies, which was acquired by 3M in 2008, was aware of the defects as early as 2000. This company hid their findings and became the exclusive provider of earplugs for the military.

Sadly, the Veterans Benefits Administration reports approximately 2.6 million veterans are receiving disability compensation for hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears), making this one of the most dominant service-related disabilities.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

If you have suffered hearing loss from the use of the dual-ended combat arms earplugs (CAEv2) while enlisted (2003-2015), please contact our office for a free consultation. Our firm has significant experience in these types of cases and we have the resources and expertise necessary to give our clients their best chance for success. Please call us at (304) 344-WEBB(9322).


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