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3M Earplug Lawyers in Louisiana

A closeup of a pair of orange earplugs.

3M is an American manufacturing corporation that produces over 60,000 products, including earplugs to protect people’s hearing while working in loud environments. They were designed and engineered to help prevent loss of hearing due to loud blasts, gunfire, and other potentially harmful noises associated with warfare or industrial business, meaning the people who use them the most are in the military or other branches of the armed services. If this sounds like you, and you’ve been injured by these earplugs, you need help from an army earplug lawyer as soon as possible!

Tragically, many of the earplugs 3M manufactured were found to have a design flaw that could lead to hearing loss. Many of the victims of these flawed products have sued the company, alleging that the company was aware of these earplugs’ flaws. As a result, 3M may have caused partial or complete hearing loss for thousands U.S. Military members and industrial workers by failing to inform the United States Government and other customers of their risks, which is where a 3M earplug attorney comes in. 

Being able to hear and listen clearly is an important aspect of our lives, especially on the battlefield and in the industrial business. Although nothing will ever replace the full ability to recognize and appreciate sounds, an experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to help counteract some of the damage.

With offices all around Louisiana, the mass tort attorneys at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys are experienced in handling cases for clients injured by defective products. Additionally, since ear plugs can affect a large number of people in the military, these types of claims can be filed as mass tort lawsuits. To learn if you or a loved one may need to file a claim, keep reading below.

Which 3M Earplugs Were Defective?

3M created two different types of earplugs that were found to have the same design flaw that resulted in users’ hearing loss:

  • 3M E-A-R Arc Earplugs
  • 3M Combat Arms version 2 (CAEv2) Earplugs

The Combat Arms earplugs were structured specifically for military use and 3M sold them claiming they met the military’s requirements for ear protection for soldiers. The E-A-R Arc earplugs shared a very similar structure, the main difference being in color, and were meant for civilian use.

How Did the 3M Earplugs Cause Harm?

A person holds their hand to their ear after suffering hearing loss.

From 2003 to 2015, thousands of military members and industrial workers used earplugs manufactured by 3M to prevent hearing loss while working. The earplugs were designed to block out loud, intense noises, while still giving users the ability to communicate with one another. Unfortunately, the earplugs were ineffective because they failed to execute correctly and may have caused full or partial hearing loss.

Plaintiffs in the suits against 3M allege that the earplugs have a design error due to their dual-ended composition, where the product claimed it could be inserted in the ear two ways depending on the sounds needing to be blocked. However, the earplugs’ stem was too short, which meant users couldn’t insert them deeply enough in the ear to block harmful noises.

In addition, plaintiffs allege that the earplugs had a marketing defect as well. The earplugs’ fitting instructions gave users written permission to loosen the plugs and enable sound to enter the ear, even though doing so can cause irreparable damage. As a result of the 3M’s product defect, military personnel may deal with ringing in their ears (tinnitus) or hearing loss.

People Affected by 3M Earplugs

Since the 3M corporation had an exclusive contract with the U.S. Military to assemble and provide earplugs to our special forces, these earplugs were standard issue to a large number of military personnel for 12 years. Military people who served their country during 2003-2015 could have been injured from these earplugs, especially combat veterans who’ve served in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as Air Force veterans who used the earplugs during their service. 

3M is also facing many lawsuits filed by industrial workers who suffered ear damage or hearing loss while using their ear plugs.These lawsuits will be in addition to the numerous cases that have already been filed by military personnel and veterans for the 3M Combat Arms v2 Earplugs.

Did 3M know their earplugs were defective?

A man putting a yellow earplug into his ear.

This question forms the crux of the lawsuit: if 3M knew or should have known their earplugs didn’t work, but did nothing to warn or prevent their customers from using the earplugs, they can be held liable for the plaintiff’s damages.

3M has admitted that it knew the earplugs were defective, but did nothing to keep the U.S. Military from issuing the earplugs to its soldiers. As a result, most of the soldiers using these earplugs were totally unprotected from loud noises and explosions, and so have suffered a permanent loss of hearing. 

If you’re a veteran or industrial worker who’s used 3M Combat Arms earplugs, or the civilian brand, E-A-R Arc earplugs, you could be eligible for compensation via a mass tort lawsuit. Call the experienced mass tort lawyers at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys today to discuss your legal options.

Symptoms of Ear Damage

A fake ear, hearing aids, and a medical chart.

It’s important to note that ear damage doesn’t always include complete hearing loss. Any sort of harm to the fragile bones and hairs inside the ears can turn into partial hearing loss, which can result in the following symptoms:

  • Continuous tinnitus, or a ringing or buzzing in the ears
  • Partial or total loss of hearing in one or both ears
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck aches 
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of equilibrium
  • Inability to fall asleep
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety

Should I File a 3M Earplug Lawsuit?

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Since mass tort claims vary depending on the situation related to 3M earplugs, it can be hard to know if you have a claim. The team at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys has taken on mass tort claims for many years, and we’ll make sure to keep you informed throughout the entire process. 

If you or a loved one were affected by the 3M Company’s earplugs and suffered partial or complete hearing or other ear injuries, our team of earplug injury attorneys want to give you the help you rightfully deserve. Eligible men and women may be entitled to compensation for the injuries sustained by the earplugs provided by 3M. Call us at 888.501.7888 for a free legal consultation today.

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