Hundreds of veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces between 2003 and 2015 are taking legal action against 3M Company, the designer, manufacturer, and distributor of Combat Arms earplugs. You may be eligible to join them in the 3M combat arms earplugs lawsuit if:
- You served in any branch of the military at any time between 2003 and 2015; and
- You used the dual-sided, military-provided, black and yellow Combat Arms earplugs; and
- You now suffer hearing loss, ringing ears, or other related symptoms
The team from Berger and Green is standing by to review your eligibility for the 3M combat arms earplugs lawsuit at no cost to you. We can help you understand the strength of your case and take legal action on your behalf.
What Is the Issue With 3M Combat Arms Earplugs?
3M Combat Arms earplugs are dual-ended earplugs that promise to allow service members to hear orders, information, and normal conversation while also blocking out dangerous loud noises. Thousands of members of the armed forces relied on the black and yellow earplugs to protect their hearing when working around aircraft, during artillery fire, or when other loud noises might occur.
However, according to the lawsuits filed against 3M Company, the earplugs failed to seal tightly and did not include instructions for proper use. The veterans who are pursuing compensation from 3M allege the company knew their Combat Arms earplugs would not protect soldiers from hearing damage as early as 2000, but they continued to market the product anyway. The lawsuits claim this is what led to:
- Hearing loss
- Difficulty with balance
- Other issues caused by exposure to loud noises or repetitive noises
While there is no exact number on how many members of the U.S. Armed Forces may have suffered this type of injury, the total could be in the thousands. If you have hearing damage or other related symptoms and recognize the unique double-ended black and yellow earplugs, reach out to the Berger and Green team today. We can evaluate your eligibility in just a few minutes.
You May Be Able to Recover Compensation for the Damages You Suffered
The team from Berger and Green knows what it takes to take on a corporation like 3M Company and pursue a payout on our client’s behalf. We can answer your questions and address your concerns about your case. We will request a copy of your relevant medical records and use them to build a strong case to show Combat Arms earplugs failed to prevent damage to your hearing.
The Berger and Green attorneys can take on your case and go after the compensation you deserve. This may include pursuing damages such as:
- Medical care, hearing aids, and related costs if not covered by your veteran’s benefits
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
- Punitive damages, in some cases
What Is the Status of the Cases Filed Against 3M Company?
As of April 2019, about a hundred of these cases are pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco. Others may also be pending in other courts. The case against 3M Company is in its infancy, and the numbers could increase exponentially. There may be thousands of members of the armed forces who suffered hearing loss and other ill effects and are eligible to take legal action.
While there is not yet a mass tort pending against 3M Company, this case could support one in the future. If the courts consolidate the individual lawsuits for multidistrict litigation (MDL), they will share the costs and court appearances for pretrial motions and discovery, as well as a handful of bellwether cases. Once this process is complete, the individual cases will return to their original jurisdictions, unless there is a settlement before that time.
Talk to an Attorney from Berger and Green About Your Case Today
At Berger and Green, a member of our team is always standing by to discuss your case and help you understand your eligibility. We can review the facts of your case, answer your questions, and address your concerns. If you are eligible, we can take legal action on your behalf to try to hold 3M liable for your damages.
Call or text our team today at 412-661-1400 for your free case evaluation. We handle these cases based on contingency. You will not pay anything out-of-pocket. Our attorneys do not get paid unless you do.