Remember those black and yellow 3M earplugs the military handed out for years? As it turns out, they were defective and led to hearing loss and tinnitus in thousands of veterans. Military veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus are fighting back with the 3M earplugs lawsuit.
3M knew their product was defective yet continued to sell the U.S. military defective earplugs. Untold numbers of veterans now suffer from hearing damage.
If you have more questions after reading the article below, reach out to Woods & Woods about the 3M earplugs lawsuit for military veterans with hearing loss. We offer free consultations to any affected veteran.
Why is there a 3M earplugs lawsuit for military veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus?
The 3M earplugs lawsuit for veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus is a defective product lawsuit. When a company develops, manufactures, and sells a defective product, they can be held liable for injuries that result from the defective product.
The 3M earplugs lawsuit for veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus alleges that the device was made too short. Because the device did not fit correctly, the 3M earplugs would loosen and allow loud sounds to enter the ear and cause hearing damage.
Veterans that served abroad and stateside were given the defective 3M earplugs. Veterans used the defective earplugs during training at the shooting range, tank range training, and during ballistics training. Veterans of the both Iraq and Afghanistan wars were also handed the defective 3M earplugs while serving aboard. Some 3M earplugs lawsuit attorneys believe the Navy may have also used the earplugs.
Veterans that used the defective 3M earplugs and developed hearing loss or tinnitus are now suing the manufacturer for their injuries. If you remember using the black and yellow 3M earplugs and developed hearing loss or tinnitus, you should consider joining the 3M earplugs lawsuit as well.
Which military veterans should join the 3M earplugs lawsuit?
- Veterans that used the 3M earplugs from 2003-2015 and
- Experienced hearing loss or tinnitus from their time in the service
Are there any settlements or payouts in the 3M earplug lawsuit yet?
There are already settlements and payouts related to the defective 3M earplugs. The Department of Justice filed lawsuits against 3M for fraud. The Department of Justice announced in July 2018 that they settled a 3M earplugs lawsuit for $9.1 million against the manufacturer. The United States alleged that the manufacturer knew of the earplug’s defective design but failed to inform the military when the contract was signed.
How can I prove I used the 3M earplugs?
Many veterans have photos from their active duty military service. Look through your old photos and see if you can find a picture of you or fellow service members wearing the black and yellow 3M earplugs. If fellow service members are wearing the 3M earplugs and you are also in the photo, it is likely the military distributed the defective 3M earplugs to your unit.
If you keep in touch with veterans you served with, they could be used as a witness. If you experienced hearing loss or tinnitus from defective 3M earplugs reach out to your network of veterans. They may be asked to write a statement after you join the lawsuit.
Why should I join the 3M earplugs lawsuit?
If you have applied for VA disability benefits for hearing loss or tinnitus you were probably surprised to find out it doesn’t pay much. Hearing loss and tinnitus can change a military veteran’s life and even prevent them from working some jobs. Hearing loss and tinnitus are frustrating and the amount of VA disability compensation available just doesn’t seem appropriate for the injury.
The 3M earplugs lawsuit might allow military veterans to actually receive the monetary settlement they deserve for their hearing loss and tinnitus. Receiving a 3M earplugs lawsuit settlement will not bar you from receiving VA disability benefits. The 3M earplugs lawsuit for military veterans is completely separate from your VA disability compensation. You could receive a 3M earplug lawsuit settlement on top of your VA disability compensation.
Is the 3M earplug lawsuit a class action lawsuit?
There are two forms of litigation that the 3M earplug lawsuit may take. The first is a class action lawsuit. Most people are familiar with class action lawsuits. Lawyers compile many cases into the same court, and the whole class is either approved or denied compensation.
The second form of litigation the 3M earplug lawsuit may take is multidistrict litigation (MDL). There is currently a request pending with the courts. In an MDL, similar cases are compiled into one court but each case is decided upon by the merits of each claim. Our lawyers prefer MDLs because we generally feel clients get a more accurate settlement.
Can I afford a 3M earplug lawyer?
Yes. You only pay your 3M earplug lawyer if the lawsuit is successful and results in a settlement. If successful, your 3M earplug lawyer’s fee will be a percentage of the settlement and case expenses. If your 3M earplug lawyer does not end up getting you a settlement, you pay nothing. Your 3M earplug lawyer will not bill by the hour. There is never an upfront fee to hire a 3M earplug lawyer.
Why call Woods & Woods 3M earplug lawsuit lawyers?
Since 1985, Woods & Woods has protected the rights of injured people against large corporations. Our law firm is dedicated to protecting veterans. When you call Woods & Woods, you’ll get an experienced product liability attorney. Our law firm can help veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus nationwide. We are proud to partner with other national law firms to fight 3M for veterans.
At Woods & Woods, you only pay your defective product lawyer if the 3M earplug lawsuit is successful. If your 3M earplug lawsuit for veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus is not successful, you pay nothing. This fair fee structure makes it easy for any veteran to get a lawyer.
The first step is to call us for a legal consultation regarding the 3M earplug lawsuit for veterans with hearing loss and tinnitus. We will take some basic information from you and determine whether or not you should join the 3M earplug lawsuit. There is never a fee for a legal consultation at Woods & Woods.