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chicago 3m earplug lawsuit lawyerCurrently, the product manufacturer 3M is fighting a large number of lawsuits from plaintiffs who have suffered hearing loss and related injuries after using earplugs the company provided to the U.S. military. Plaintiffs have alleged that the 3M earplugs in question, known as Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 or CAEv2, did not provide sufficient protection against loud sounds that could damage the ears, especially since 3M did not provide the military with proper instructions to ensure that earplugs would be used correctly by their users. Some recent verdicts have indicated that mass tort litigation against 3M may be likely to succeed, and those who have been injured by these products may be able to receive large amounts of compensation.

Recent Multi-Million-Dollar 3M Earplugs Verdicts

Juries have decided in favor of plaintiffs in two recent trials that concluded in March of 2022. The first verdict involved a man who served in the Army National Guard for a relatively short period of time, including combat duty in Afghanistan. Even though his use of 3M earplugs was limited, he suffered hearing loss and tinnitus. The jury in his case awarded him $8 million.

The other case involved an Army veteran who served in the Army for a total of 21 years. During this time, he used 3M earplugs between 2006 and 2017. Even though these earplugs were primarily used during training, his continued exposure to loud noises throughout his years of service and the lack of protection provided by the earplugs led him to suffer permanent hearing loss, as well as severe tinnitus. The jury in his case awarded him $50 million, which is the second-highest verdict in a 3M earplugs trial to date.

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