Lawsuits for Defective 3M Ear Plugs: How Much Are You Owed?
Did you serve in the military between 2013 and 2015? Did you use the standard 3M earplugs during service? Are you suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then you may be eligible for compensation for defective 3M earplugs.
Recently, the 3M Corporation has been hitting the headlines nationwide for the wrong reasons.
Apparently, the Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) earplugs that they sold to the U.S. military between 2013 and 2015 were defective, resulting to hearing loss and tinnitus among military servicemen and women that used the ear protection.
Here is what you need to know about filing a 3M military earplugs lawsuit and what your payout could be.
The Whistleblower False Claim Act Lawsuit: The Genesis of the 3M Earplugs Lawsuits
Between 2013 and 2015, the 3M Company supplied the U.S. military with combat arms earplugs. The earplugs were issued to servicemen and women, especially those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were also used in military training.
The Pentagon filed a lawsuit under the False Claims Act, accusing the military contractor 3M of knowingly supplying defective earplugs to the U.S. military during the 2013-2015 period.
In short, the factory defects made the earplugs fall short of military safety standards and allegedly exposed wearers to the risk of developing permanent hearing loss or tinnitus.
In July 2018, 3M Corp. finally threw in the towel. They agreed to pay a $9.1 million settlement for the whistleblower False Claims Act lawsuit.
However, the compensation was only a win for the U.S. government – military servicemen and women who developed hearing complications as a result of wearing defective ear protection aren’t entitled to part of the settlement.
This is why ex-military personnel affected by the use of the defective 3M military earplugs are encouraged to seek compensation for their injuries.
New 3M Military Earplugs Lawsuits
If you served in the military between 2013 and 2015, used the standard 3M earplugs during service, and are suffering from hearing loss or have tinnitus, then you may be owed money for defective 3M earplugs.
How are 3M Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) earplugs defective?
These earplugs are dual-ended to offer the wearer two levels of protection in combat situations. One end fits right into the ear canal to prevent the loud noises of gunshots, aircraft, and explosions from getting into the ear. The other end also prevents noise from entering the ear canal but it sits outside the ear canal.
The problem with the 3M combat earplugs is that they do not fit snugly when inserted into the ear. Hence, they often came loose when in use, exposing troops to the loud noises that they faced every day.
Due to constant exposure to these noises, a large number of military personnel that used the 3M earplugs developed hearing loss and tinnitus.
Pentagon was able to prove that the 3M Company was aware of these design shortcomings yet they went ahead to sell the defective CAEv2 earplugs to military personnel.
Now, attorneys throughout the U.S. are willing to help those same veterans to claim compensation for their injuries.
Claiming Compensation for Injuries Resulting from 3M Military Earplugs
If you or your loved one is eligible for compensation for injuries suffered as a result of using defective 3M combat earplugs, you will need to file an individual lawsuit.
Why can’t you seek compensation collectively? Every affected individual’s situation is unique, so your lawsuit has to be specific to your personal experience and injuries.
Financial compensation may cover money spent on treatment, lost income-earning potential, pain and suffering, mental disability, and other damages resulting from the use of the alleged faulty earplugs.
You can recover compensation even if you currently receive disability or other service-related benefits!
Can Ex-Military Personnel That Used the 3M Earplugs Before the Whistleblower Lawsuit Recover Compensation?
It is not just military servicemen and women that were active between 2013 and 2015 that can recover compensation for damages caused by the use of defective 3M combat earplugs.
Veterans who may have used the CAEV2 ear protection prior to 2013 may also file a lawsuit to seek damages.
Until recently, veterans suffering from hearing loss and tinnitus may have had difficulty proving that the substandard earplugs caused their injuries.
With the settlement of the whistleblower 3M military earplugs lawsuit, that is bound to change!
How Much Compensation Are You Owed?
A typical personal injury claim for hearing loss or tinnitus would result in tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. An individual 3M military earplugs lawsuit may result in larger amounts.
However, no amount is guaranteed because each affected individual’s case is different. That said, damages may be based on the following factors:
Past or future loss of income
Past or expected medical costs
Pain and suffering
Loss of enjoyment of life
Past or future hearing aids
How Much Does It Cost to File a 3M Military Earplugs Lawsuit?
If you meet the criteria for defective 3M earplugs compensation, you should hire an experienced attorney to fight for you.
We can help you connect with a network of lawyers experienced in various legal matters, including 3M military earplugs compensation claims.
Like many personal injury claims, you don’t have to pay a dime unless your lawyer wins 3M earplugs compensation litigation on your behalf. In other words, you will incur zero upfront costs to file a lawsuit.
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