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3M Combat Earplugs Lawyers
For more than a decade, the United States military has used 3M Combat Arms earplugs without knowing that they may cause hearing loss and tinnitus in some users. 3M agreed to pay $9.1 million in a settlement related to allegations that it knowingly distributed defective earplugs, but this did not compensate the government. Thousands of individual service members who were wounded by 3M earplugs are suing the manufacturer in their own cases. All of the above lawsuits have been combined into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Florida federal court.
The use of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) by military personnel in the United States may result in a lawsuit for hearing loss. For a free consultation, contact Texas Personal Injury Lawyers.
How Did The Problem Arise Regarding 3M Combat Arms Earplugs?
In 2016, a whistleblower filed a qui tam claim against 3M under the False Claims Act. The whistleblower alleged that 3M knew the earplugs had a flaw that allowed them to inadvertently come out of the ear, leaving soldiers without adequate protection. The whistleblower, however, claims that even after hearing about the dangers of 3M’s earplugs, the military continued to use them. The lawsuit was ultimately resolved by the Department of Justice in 2018. Less than a year after that, a federal judicial panel consolidated thousands of hearing loss claims into the 3M Combat Arms Earplug MDL.
What Is Multidistrict Litigation And How Does It Work?
Multidistrict litigation or MDL is a specialized federal legal procedure through which numerous—but comparable—cases against the same defendant are amalgamated. The goal of multidistrict litigation is to make it easier to manage complicated cases with a large number of plaintiffs. An MDL is distinct from a class action lawsuit in that it considers each claim to be unique. MDL plaintiffs operate their own litigation, and if they win, they are entitled to monetary compensation that reflects their actual losses.
More than 140,000 veterans have filed claims against 3M Combat Arms Earplug MDL since it was launched in April 2020. The number of allegations, on the other hand, is likely to rise considerably due to the earplugs being supplied as standard issues in several military branches during overseas conflicts between 2003 and 2015. According to a 3M whistleblower, millions of soldiers may have been exposed to hearing risk from the earplugs.
What Do The Lawsuits Against 3M Allege?
The lawsuits claim that the faulty construction of 3M’s combat earplugs caused soldiers to suffer hearing loss and tinnitus. They also claim that 3M was aware of the issue and potential harm to soldiers, but sold them anyhow, without providing warnings about the dangers.
Soldiers claim that they used 3M Combat Arms earplugs during training and combat, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. They describe using the plugs for ear protection during live combat and live-fire—activities that exposed them to a slew of loud noises and explosions, including grenade launchers, machine guns, automatic weapons, rocket assaults, automobile bombs, and low-flying planes.
Who Can File A Hearing Loss Claim Over Defective 3M Earplugs?
Those who served in the military between 2003 and 2015 and have been diagnosed with partial or total hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of using CAEv2 earplugs could be eligible for a lawsuit against 3M.
Can I Still File A Lawsuit If I Already Receive A Veteran's Disability Payments For Hearing Loss?
Yes. Your VA disability payments are not connected to a lawsuit against a private firm like 3M in any way.
Tinnitus and hearing loss are among the most common service-connected problems faced by veterans. Hearing damage is one of the VA’s major services, accounting for more than $1 billion in treatment each year.
What Kinds Of Compensation Could I Get for 3M Earplug Damage?
Many people with tinnitus or hearing loss describe severe headaches, tiredness, and discomfort. You are entitled to compensation for these symptoms.
A lawsuit might cover hearing loss-related medical expenses, including hearing aids. According to one study, individuals who had hearing loss incurred 33 percent more healthcare expenditures than those who did not have hearing loss.
A lawsuit may also provide money for physical pain, suffering and mental anguish. Tinnitus is linked to a variety of negative side effects, including anxiety and depression. Tinnitus has no cure, but some patients take medications to treat their symptoms.
Tinnitus and hearing loss are common, yet both have a detrimental influence on quality of life. Both can cause emotional anguish, as well as a deterioration in the quality of life. In a personal injury lawsuit, both might be compensated.
How Can A 3M Earplug Lawyer Help?
Taking on large enterprises necessitates the hiring of a legal team with a track record of success in similar circumstances. We’ve taken on negligent businesses numerous times and obtained significant verdicts and settlements for our clients as Texas’ largest personal injury law practice. When we’re on the case, 3M and other businesses know they can’t get away with mistreating people unjustly.
What If I Can’t Afford A 3M Earplug Lawyer?
When you choose to retain our firm, you may be confident that we can represent you for a reasonable cost. We take on all cases on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we get paid only if you win your case. There are no upfront fees or expenses associated with the lawsuit.
A good lawyer can run your case and argue on your behalf. The last thing you want is to hire the wrong attorney, which might lead to more expense down the road if they screw up your case. No matter how rich or poor you are, you may afford excellent legal counsel. To obtain legal help without charge, call us now at (888) 997-2148