Many United States veterans experienced hearing loss and tinnitus after using 3M earplugs. These dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs were sold to multiple branches of the U.S. military. The 3M earplug lawsuit is a private legal effort that alleges the company’s defective product resulted in widespread, permanent injuries.
If you served between 2003 and 2015, used 3M Combat Arms earplugs, and now suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, you may be able to recover compensation. Our Indianapolis 3M earplug lawsuit lawyers have won millions for our clients and are ready to fight for you. Our team at Pinyerd Disability Law, LLC is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome in your case and can provide the compassionate and comprehensive representation you deserve.
Common Myths about 3M Earplug Lawsuits
Our firm has continued to hear numerous myths and misunderstandings about the 3M lawsuit. We encourage you to review the facts in this case so that you have a full understanding of your options.
You will not lose service-connected benefits for tinnitus and hearing loss. Current veterans who are already receiving VA disability benefits for hearing loss and/or tinnitus will not lose those benefits after a judgment or settlement is reached with 3M. There is quite a bit of confusion surrounding this issue because, in some situations, a legal judgment or settlement could potentially impact benefits. If the lawsuit was against the federal government and/or the VA, it would fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In that case, future benefits would be offset by a settlement. However, this 3M case does not involve the federal government. It is a private lawsuit filed against 3M and thus does not fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Future benefits for VA disability will not be affected by a private judgment or settlement.
Please note that some other VA benefits are need-based and could potentially be affected by a large settlement, but VA-service-connected disabilities are not need-based. Therefore, there is no offset for tinnitus or hearing loss for VA disability.
The total amount paid out by 3M will likely be in the billions. The $9.1 million settlement you may have heard about is the settlement between 3M and the federal government regarding their contract. It is not the total amount that will necessarily be distributed to the veterans suing 3M. We expect the total settlement to be in the billions – possibly the largest amount ever paid out for this type of lawsuit.
The 3M lawsuit is considered multi-district litigation (MDL) and not a class action. This means that the severity of your hearing loss will impact the amount of compensation you can potentially recover. You will also have more control of your case in MDL, and each case will function as a separate lawsuit. Because there are many thousands of cases against 3M, the lawsuit was consolidated, and all cases have been moved to the Federal District Court of Pensacola, FL for the sake of efficiency.
Our Indianapolis 3M earplug lawsuit attorneys at Pinyerd Disability Law, LLC can evaluate your circumstances and advise whether you have a case. Call (317) 342-5991 or contact us online to start exploring your legal options.
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