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What is the Average Payout for the 3M Earplug Lawsuit?

3M is facing more than 229,000 lawsuits alleging hearing loss and tinnitus due to defects in 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs, which were issued to over 2.2 million service men and women.  If you’ve been injured potentially due to defective Combat Arms earplugs, you may be wondering, “What is the average payout I can expect from the 3M earplug lawsuit?”  

While there are never any guarantees and every case is different, in this article we’ll dive into potential 3M earplug compensation and preview the types of 3M earplug payouts that legal analysts anticipate may result from the 3M earplug lawsuits.

IMPORTANT: If you’ve suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after using 3M Combat Arms earplugs while serving in active duty between 20003 and 2015, call Riddle & Brantley today at 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced 3M earplug lawsuit lawyers. There are no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.

What Kind of Compensation Can You Expect from the 3M Earplug Lawsuit?

What is the Average Payout in the 3M Earplug Lawsuit - Riddle & BrantleyIf you served in the U.S. military and have now suffered hearing damage after wearing 3M earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation in a 3M earplug lawsuit.

3M earplug payouts are not guaranteed, and individual settlements will depend on the unique facts and circumstances of each case. In the case of a “global” 3M earplug settlements, claims will be divided into “tiers” based on the severity of injury and the significance of the claim.

3M Earplug Average Payouts

If 3M lawsuits result in a settlement (and there are no guarantees), the average payout for a 3M earplug claim will depend on a variety of factors such as:

  • The total final settlement amount
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The amount of proven damages you personally incurred

Payouts in Similar Product Liability Cases

While there are no guarantees and we cannot be certain that 3M earplug lawsuits will result in settlements, to get an idea of the kind of settlements we might reasonably anticipate, we can look at some examples of similar product liability and dangerous drug cases and their settlements.


In a similar product liability mass tort action concerning allegations that Roundup caused non-Hodgkins lymphoma and other cancer, a global Roundup settlement was reached in mid-2020, totaling roughly $10 billion. While individual payouts are not guaranteed and may vary widely, the New York Times reported that plaintiffs might expect between $5,000 and $250,000, depending on the specific facts and circumstances of their case.

Talcum Powder

While there has not been a global settlement of thousands of talcum powder lawsuits alleging Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder caused cancer, individual cases have resulted in multi-million dollar jury awards. It is unlikely in a case involving as many plaintiffs as in 3M litigation — and lesser injuries compared to life-threatening and even deadly cancer ­— that verdicts or settlements will result in comparable compensation, but talcum powder lawsuits reveal just how seriously judges and juries are taking defective product claims.

If you believe you may qualify for a 3M earplug lawsuit and need assistance filing a 3M earplug claim, call 1-800-525-7111 today.

We will review your claim and advise you on your best legal options. If you meet the criteria, our product liability lawyers can assist you in filing a 3M earplug lawsuit.

“How do I qualify for a 3M earplug lawsuit?”

To qualify for a 3M earplug claim, you must:

  • Have served in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015
  • Have served in active combat
  • Have used the 3M Combat Arms earplugs
  • Have suffered significant hearing loss or tinnitus
  • Have been diagnosed within 2 years of discharge
  • Have been honorably discharged

If you meet these qualifications,  call us today at 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation on your case to see if you are entitled to compensation.

“Why is there a 3M earplug lawsuit?”

3M Earplug Lawsuits - Riddle & BrantleyIn 2016, a rival earplug manufacturer, Molden-Metric, filed a whistleblower suit alleging that 3M and the original manufacturer of Combat Arms earplugs, Aearo Technologies, knew that there was a design flaw in their earplugs that could cause hearing damage in the wearer if worn incorrectly.

These earplugs allegedly have a design flaw that causes them to loosen without the wearer noticing and allow damaging loud sounds in (for example, explosions and gunshots). This can cause severe hearing damage in the wearer and result in long-term hearing problems such as tinnitus.

In 2018, 3M settled this lawsuit with the Department of Justice for $9.1 million, but did not admit any fault or liability in the damage done to service members hearing.

Now, the service members who have suffered hearing loss during their time in the U.S. military have filed thousands of 3M lawsuits to attempt to collect damages from 3M for its alleged negligence in distributing faulty earplugs.

“Trials have begun and now is the time to have your 3M earplug claim investigated. We would love to help you if we can.”

Gene Riddle, attorney and founding partner, Riddle & Brantleyf

Why Hire Riddle & Brantley for a 3M Earplug Lawsuit?

Riddle & Brantley’s 3M earplug lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that anyone injured due to someone else’s negligence gets the compensation they deserve.

Since 2000 alone, we have recovered more than $600 million for our deserving clients, and we are committed to seeking maximum compensation for each and every client we serve (see disclaimer below).

Settlements in 3M earplug lawsuits are not guaranteed, and any average payout in 3M earplug cases will depend on a variety of factors, including settlement size and the unique facts and circumstances of individual claims. However, we are committed to helping you get the justice you deserve.

“By far the best law firm that actually cares about helping veterans.”

B. Fields, Riddle & Brantley client

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The consultation is free and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation in a 3M earplug settlement or verdict.

Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your case. Justice Counts for those injured due to others’ negligence and we are proud to fight for those who have fought for us.

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Please call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your 3M earplug lawsuit claim.


*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.