Common Army Earplug Lawsuit Questions and Answers

Army Earplug Lawsuit FAQs

This page contains answers to the most frequently-asked questions regarding army hearing loss lawsuits against 3M. Our attorneys are also happy to speak with you individually to answer your questions and help you explore your legal options.

To access your free, no-obligation Combat Arms Earplugs case review, complete our contact form. One of our experienced lawyers handling national 3M earplug defect lawsuits for unilateral or bilateral hearing loss will contact you in the near future to answer your questions, completely free of charge.

Who can make an army hearing loss claim or file a 3M earplug lawsuit?

Any person or family member of a person served in the armed forces after 2003 and now suffers from hearing loss may be eligible to make a claim by filing an army earplug lawsuit against 3M.

What does it cost to file an army hearing loss lawsuit?

We are committed to representing all persons involved in a defective earplug lawsuit on a contingency basis, meaning there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. To access your free, no-obligation consultation, use the online chat feature or contact form on this site. One of our lawyers handling army hearing loss lawsuits for defective 3M earplugs will contact you to answer any of your questions.

Aren't most drug and products liability lawsuits just class action lawsuits where the plaintiff receives very little money?

National earplug defect lawsuit claims against 3M are likely to be consolidated as MDL, or Multi-District Litigation, where each plaintiff receives a settlement based upon the individual injuries and damages incurred by each plaintiff. This process increases the efficiency of processing vast numbers of cases against a corporation, all related to one dangerous product – defective army earplugs that were used by millions of United States servicepeople over more than a decade – while preserving the details of each case. Our attorneys anticipate plaintiffs will receive significant compensation based on their individual degree of suffering.

How much time do I have to file a 3M army earplug lawsuit?

Most states have army earplug lawsuit time limits; however, the majority of all veterans that developed hearing loss as a result of defective 3M earplugs will fall within those time limits if they contact an attorney in the near future. For specific time limits for your claim, please fill out the form at right and one of our attorneys will contact you as quickly as possible, usually within the hour.

Who is most at risk for developing hearing loss from 3M Combat Arms Earplugs?

For armed forces members who are deployed to conflict areas, there are two major threats for hearing loss:

  • acute and sudden high-impact noises from explosives and weaponry
  • ongoing loud engine noises, such as emit from tracked vehicles and helicopters

Exposure to either of these classes of noise while wearing defective 3M earplugs can result in hearing loss. The shaft of the earplugs is too short for some ear canals; when this is the case, the device can shift imperceptibly and leave a combatant exposed to hearing loss without their knowledge.

Does it cost anything for you to review my case?

We will always listen to your circumstances and give you our analysis of your case without any cost or further obligation.

Will filing an army earplug lawsuit affect my V.A. disability compensation?

No, your disability compensation will not change if you file an army earplug lawsuit. Hearing loss lawsuits for defective army earplugs are filed against the manufacturer, 3M, and not against the government or the military. The purpose of filing an army hearing loss claim is to hold 3M accountable for selling a defective product and putting millions of American servicepeople like yourself or your loved one at risk.

We're not the type of people who sue; do we really need to file a lawsuit?

If a member of your family suffered a serious injury or health problem as a result of a defective product or dangerous drug, long-term, or even lifelong, medical care may be required. This could be incredibly expensive and since medical costs are continually rising may be largely unknown at the time of settlement or trial. If a member of your family died due to a defective product or dangerous drug, no amount of money can undo that wrong. It is our fervent hope that every defective products, drug or other medication lawsuit we file can serve to make the manufacturer take note of the loss and pain its product has caused. When that fails to make a company take action in the form of a product recall, greater warnings about its use and ultimately making safer products, we rely on their profit motivation to make them do the right thing. Unfortunately, in all too many cases it is only the fear of lawsuits and large settlements and verdicts that makes a company become a better corporate citizen.