The 3M Company designed, manufactured, and sold earplugs to the U.S. military for more than a decade. Known as Combat Arms earplugs, these dual-ended, black and yellow earplugs promised to help prevent damage to hearing while still allowing soldiers to hear and understand commands and other communication.
However, hundreds of veterans now allege that 3M sold the military a defective product that failed to provide a good seal in the ear, leading to hearing damage. If you used this type of earplug between 2003 and 2015 and now have hearing issues, a member of the Berger and Green team will review your case for free. Call or text 412-661-1400 to learn more about how a 3M Combat Arms earplugs lawsuit lawyer can help you today.
Hundreds of Veterans Accuse 3M Company Sold Defective Earplugs
According to 100 lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco, there could be countless soldiers who suffered lasting injury related to the use of these Combat Arms earplugs. The lawsuits allege the company:
- Designed defective earplugs that did not seal in the ear to keep loud sounds out; and
- Failed to warn members of the military about this defect; and
- Failed to provide proper instructions to ensure the earplugs worked as designed
The injuries suffered by soldiers who used the Combat Arms earplugs sold between 2003 and 2015 include:
- Hearing damage and loss;
- Tinnitus; and
- Loss of balance
If you served in the Armed Forces between 2003 and 2015 and used this type of earplug, you may be eligible for a 3M Combat Arms earplugs lawsuit and pursue compensation for the damages you suffered. This compensation could include pain and suffering and punitive damages, designed to punish the company for their negligent actions.
Berger and Green Will Review Your Case and Take Legal Action on Your Behalf
At Berger and Green, our attorneys have decades of experience fighting to protect the rights of our clients. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation for your damages.
When you reach out to our team, a 3M combat arms earplugs lawsuit lawyer will:
- Review your case and eligibility at no cost to you
- Answer your questions and discuss your concerns
- Explain the case against 3M Company
- Explain the legal process for pursuing compensation
- Discuss what would happen if your case became part of a mass tort
- Review your medical records and other proof of impairment
- Collect evidence of your damages
- File a lawsuit in your case
At Berger and Green, our defective products attorneys can handle your defective earplugs case from start to finish. We can take your case to court, try to negotiate a fair settlement offer, or even participate in multidistrict litigation before representing you during your trial or settlement. When you trust us to take on your case, you can count on us to stand beside you and fight for the payout you deserve.
Call or text our team today at 412-661-1400 to learn more about how we can help or get started right away.
Recoverable Damages Possible in a Defective Device Case
When we pursue a payout in your case and win compensation, you can recover money for the damages you suffered. This is true no matter if your award or settlement occurs in an individual lawsuit, an out-of-court settlement, a mass tort settlement, or an award in court following multidistrict litigation. The damages available to you depend on many factors, and it is almost impossible to give you an accurate range in advance. The types of damages you may be entitled to could include:
- Cost of hearing aids or other similar medical devices
- Other losses and expenses not covered by your veterans’ benefits
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
Punitive damages may also be available through a defective device lawsuit or mass tort. This is a unique type of damages that does not simply cover the money you lost because of your injuries and lasting impairment. Instead, punitive damages punish the manufacturer of the device, granting you a payout above and beyond your actual losses.
Act Quickly to Join the Current Wave of Lawsuits Against 3M Company
Veterans filed the first lawsuits in this case in early 2019. As of April 2019, these legal cases are not yet combined into multidistrict litigation (MDL) or another type of mass tort. There is a chance the courts will roll these cases into an MDL in the coming months as more and more veterans take legal action against 3M.
Because each state has its own deadlines in a defective product case, it is important we take action as soon as possible on your behalf. We can review the facts of your case and explain any deadlines or other conditions that may apply. We will also go over your eligibility and help you understand the possible outcomes if we file a lawsuit in your case. Then, we will take action on your behalf to pursue a payout.
Talk to a 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Lawsuit Lawyer
If you suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, or balance problems after serving in the military, the earplugs you used might be to blame. At Berger and Green, we can review your case and explain your eligibility to pursue compensation by filing a case against earplug manufacturer 3M Company. Thousands of veterans have taken action against this company, and many more are likely to join in the coming months.
Call or text us today at 412-661-1400. A 3M combat arms earplugs lawsuit lawyer will evaluate your case at no cost to you and handle your case on a contingency fee basis. Our lawyers will not receive a paycheck unless or until we recover a payout on your behalf in your case.