3M Earplug Lawyers

Product Liability Attorneys Assisting Injured Victims in North Carolina and South Carolina

There are numerous protective devices employed by branches of the U.S. military to shield service members from harm. For example, many active and former members of the military used earplugs manufactured by 3M to block out dangerous noise levels during active combat or testing on military bases. Unfortunately, the earplugs did not work properly, resulting in widespread harm to the service members whom they were meant to protect. If you are or were a service member, and you suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, or other auditory damage due to defective 3M earplugs, you may be entitled to compensation. The North Carolina and South Carolina 3M earplug injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson have ample experience helping victims pursue compensation for injuries caused by defective products.

Defects in 3M Military Earplugs

For over a decade, 3M sold earplugs to the armed forces, which issued them to troops. The earplugs were generally used during activities in which service members were continuously exposed to dangerously loud noises, such as gunfire or explosions in active combat, or in the testing of equipment or devices on military bases. The earplugs had two ends. The yellow end of the earplug was intended to block out loud noises but allow the user to hear quieter sounds, while the green side was meant to work like a typical earplug, blocking out all noise. Due to a flaw in the design of the earplugs, however, the earplugs could not maintain a tight seal in the ear but would become loose, exposing unwitting service members to unsafe noise levels. Therefore, many service members ultimately developed permanent hearing loss and tinnitus, which is the term for constant ringing in the ears.

Proving Liability for a Defective Product in North Carolina

If you suffered harm due to defective earplugs that you were issued as a service member, the 3M earplug injury attorneys at our North Carolina and South Carolina firm can help you pursue damages via a product liability lawsuit. Under North Carolina law, a person asserting a product liability claim must show that the manufacturer of the product was negligent to prove that the manufacturer should be held accountable. In other words, the person must produce evidence establishing that the manufacturer failed to exercise due care, the lack of care caused the product to be defective, the defect existed when the product left the manufacturer’s control, and the defect caused the person’s injuries.

While there are several ways in which a product can be defective, in cases involving 3M military earplugs, the injured person will most likely allege that the product was defectively designed, resulting in an unreasonable risk of harm. A victim who successfully proves that a manufacturer is liable may be awarded compensatory damages, such as compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of earnings.

Proving Liability for a Defective Product in South Carolina

Our North Carolina and South Carolina 3M earplug injury attorneys also represent plaintiffs who are pursuing damages in South Carolina product liability lawsuits. Plaintiffs in South Carolina are not limited to negligence claims. They can assert breach of warranty claims and strict liability claims as well. Strict liability claims, unlike negligence claims, do not require the plaintiff to prove that the manufacturer breached a duty of care. Instead, the plaintiff must show that the product in question was defective, the defect existed when the product left the manufacturer’s control, and the defect caused the plaintiff’s harm. As in North Carolina, a plaintiff pursuing claims based on injuries caused by a defective product in South Carolina may be awarded compensatory damages.

Meet With an Experienced Product Liability Lawyer

If you were injured by 3M military earplugs, you should meet with an experienced attorney to discuss the compensation that you may be able to recover. At Grimes Teich Anderson, we are committed to helping people injured by defective products recover the full amount of damages that they are owed. We have offices in Asheville, Franklin, Waynesville, Rutherfordton, and Spruce Pine in North Carolina, as well as Greenville and Spartanburg in South Carolina. You can reach us through our online form or at 800-533-6845 to set up a free and confidential meeting with a 3M earplug injury lawyer in North Carolina or South Carolina.

"I made a wise decision in choosing Grimes Teich Anderson to handle my personal injury claim. I would recommend them to anyone who finds themselves battling an insurance company that doesn’t care that you’re injured and in a bind. Great job guys."

Paul W.


"Great experience having GTA handle my case. I will recommend them to all my friends and family. Very professional and knowledgeable about workers compensation law."

Rusty G.


"What a great group to work with. Grimes Teich Anderson are very knowledgeable and take the time to go over everything and explain the process clearly to make sure you get the most you deserve. I highly recommend this firm."

Colleen M.


Fighting For Your Legal Rights, Right By Your Side. Contact Our Law Offices Today.

To fully recover from an accident, you need an aggressive legal team that does not rest until they get the results you want and need. At Grimes Teich Anderson, our experienced team remains available to you 24/7. If you have questions about an injury or disability matter, contact us today.

Send a Message

* Required
Contact Form - Condensed

No attorney client relationship is formed with the submission of this contact form. Privacy Policy.

Office location map
We have multiple locations in the Carolinas to serve you

Grimes Teich Anderson is open for business during Covid 19. We offer free injury consultations and can get started on your case electronically.


535 College St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828.251.0800


244 Porter Street Suite D
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828.564.2488


117 Laurel Dr
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: 828.286.1033


12474 S. Hwy 226
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: 828.766.7700


385 N Haywood St.
Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: 828.452.7888


111 E North St.
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 864.421.0770

*Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results, or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney's fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingency fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

Scroll to Top
Skip to content