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Members of the armed services already put their lives at risk by agreeing to fight for their country. When they agree to serve, they expect in return that they will be provided with safety equipment that will reduce the risk of injury for the tasks they are assigned to keep our country safe. Unfortunately, defense contractors are not always the most scrupulous companies. A whistleblower recently revealed that certain earplugs being provided to the military were defective and contributed to thousands of armed service members suffering hearing loss. Let a veteran hearing loss attorney from our firm guide you in your case.

The defense contractor 3M provided earplugs to the military for over a decade, which were in turn issued to thousands of soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these soldiers suffered hearing loss as a result of using the defective earplugs. The personal injury lawyers at Gilbert Adams Law Offices, with years of experience helping Texans injured by defective and dangerous products, are ready to ensure that any soldiers who suffered as a result of using these faulty earplugs are compensated for the injuries they have suffered. 

Thousands of Soldiers Who Used 3m Earplugs Have Suffered Hearing Loss

People who served in the military between 2003 and 2015 and suffered hearing loss during or after their service may be entitled to compensation if they used 3M products during that time. The Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs were standard-issued equipment for soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq during that time period; the U.S. military issued them to thousands of soldiers, not knowing that the earplugs were actually defective based on 3M’s representations that the ear plugs would prevent hearing loss

The earplugs were meant to be used as either traditional earplugs or flipped over to provide normal hearing while protecting eardrums from gunfire and explosions. But, it turns out that the earplugs did not adequately perform their intended function because they were too short to be properly inserted into the ears. As a result, the earplugs would gradually shift and loosen while in use, reducing the effectiveness of their intended function to prevent hearing loss. As a result, users were fully exposed to the effects of loud gunfire and explosions despite believing their earplugs were protecting them from hearing damage.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed against 3M as a result of the defective earplugs, and they have already paid out large sums to settle. 3M allegedly knew about the design flaw as early as 2000 when the earplugs failed safety tests. However, 3M has refused to admit any wrongdoing. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Gilbert Adams are prepared to make 3M pay for the harms they have caused to our men and women in uniform.


If you or your loved one used 3M’s dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs and suffered hearing loss thereafter, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. A seasoned personal injury attorney can help you seek damages for:

  • Permanent or partial hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Disability, partial disability, or lost wages resulting from hearing loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses

Dedicated and Passionate Product Defect Lawyers

Product liability claims can be difficult to pursue. These cases require the skills of experienced, dedicated personal injury attorneys who know how to build a case around the technical and financial details necessary to prove both defect and injury. Our product defect lawyers have years of experience dealing with these matters and know how to get them resolved effectively and efficiently. Our lawyers also take a personal approach to cases, endeavoring to keep the client involved and updated throughout the litigation in order to make sure our clients are prepared to make the decisions that are best for them and their families. We are prepared to go head-to-head with the biggest corporations to make sure that our clients get the compensation they are owed.

Are You a Veteran with Hearing Loss?

You and your family should not have to suffer just because you chose to serve your country and you were supplied with faulty products. You should be compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial problems caused by your hearing loss. The attorneys at the Gilbert Adams Law Offices will guide your case and advise you on the best course of action to get you the compensation you deserve. Call 409-835-3000 for a free consultation and immediate assistance.

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