Over the course of 12 years, multibillion-dollar company 3M sold defective earplugs to our military. Now, service members are holding the company accountable for their hearing loss through 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuits. If you used these earplugs while serving and you now suffer from hearing loss, you should know that the attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law are ready to fight for you.
Hearing loss affects your quality of life in many ways, from employment opportunities to the quality of your relationships. 3M promised that their earplugs would protect service members from hearing loss, while knowing that their products were defective. You shouldn’t have to pay the price for 3M’s negligence.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, our 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit attorneys are accepting calls from veterans who want to join us in holding them responsible for the harm they’ve caused.
What You Need to Know About 3M Earplug Lawsuits
You might have many questions about a potential 3M earplug lawsuit. We want to answer your questions as specifically as possible, so please contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation. However, if you’re not ready to contact us, and you’d like to know more about filing a claim, about 3M Combat Arms Earplugs and hearing loss, or why Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law should be your first call, we encourage you to continue reading this page.
Consider filing a 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit if…
- You served in the military between 2003 and 2015,
- Used earplugs, and
- Are now experiencing hearing loss.
You can prove that you deserve compensation by showing…
- You meet the three qualifications listed above.
- You’ve been diagnosed with significant hearing loss during or since you used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs.
- You’ve suffered extensive damages because of your hearing loss.
Combat earplugs and hearing problems have been closely linked, and you might suspect that your condition stems from the defects of 3M’s products. When you work with an experienced firm, you can leave the task of proving the link between hearing loss and combat earplugs to us. Contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to get started.
How Much Compensation Are You Owed for Your Hearing Loss?
How much compensation you are owed for your hearing loss depends on the severity of the damages you’ve experienced. This is different for everyone, but there are factors that all veterans should consider when determining a fair amount.
When considering how much you should be given for your hearing loss, think about how greatly this condition has affected your life. You will struggle to generate as much income as you would have without serious hearing deficiencies. You are more likely to feel isolated and depressed.
When you meet with our team, we will review the many ways your life has been impacted by hearing loss, including both direct and indirect costs you face. Everyone’s experience is different, but most people with hearing loss should consider seeking significant compensation, based on…
- Medical bills,
- Ongoing care,
- Hearing aids and any other required medical devices,
- Loss of future earnings, and
- Emotional pain and suffering.
As you might guess, these consequences can be severe for a hearing loss sufferer, so the damages you seek in a 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit should match the many challenges you’re experiencing. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we can help you review your damages and fight for fair compensation.
Understanding the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Lawsuit Process
Our 3M earplug lawyers know that no veteran should handle this process alone. These cases take time, and they require a great deal of knowledge about product liability law. Our clients know that they can leave the process to us, so they can focus on what’s important to them – their health, their jobs, and their families.
When you meet with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we will listen to your story and help you determine whether filing a claim could result in compensation. Our 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit attorneys will work closely with you to learn all the ways in which your condition has impacted your life, so we can find out how much you have suffered in damages. We will contact 3M and their representatives to demand the compensation you are owed.
In some cases, companies choose to resolve these demands through settlements, in which case your attorney and the company’s attorney will negotiate an amount that meets your needs. If the company fails to offer a fair amount or is unwilling to negotiate, the case can be taken to trial, where both sides will make their arguments in front of a jury. The jury will then decide whether the company was responsible for your injuries and, if so, how much you will be owed in compensation.
When you work with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we make the process as easy on you as possible. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only get paid if we win your case.
About the Defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs
From 2003 to 2015, 3M sold their dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2), to our military. 3M claimed it was a safe and effective tool to simultaneously protect users’ hearing while allowing them to hear what was happening in combat situations.
In 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the federal government had reached a settlement with 3M over allegations that the company sold the defective earplugs to the military without “disclosing defects that hampered the effectiveness of the hearing protection device.” In other words, 3M knew the earplugs were defective, yet continued to sell them anyway.
The lawsuit filed by the government resulted in a $9.1 million settlement with 3M. The company never admitted that their products had caused service members serious harm, which isn’t surprising to those of us familiar with these types of cases.
3M might have settled their lawsuit with the government, but they have not made things right by the veterans who suffered hearing loss because of 3M’s product’s defects. Many veterans are now filing lawsuits against 3M to demand the compensation they deserve.
The Impact of Hearing Loss on Our Veterans
Veterans who trusted 3M’s earplugs are now experiencing significant hearing loss. If you’ve suffered hearing loss, then you know how dramatically it can affect your life. Many veterans report not only hearing impairment but tinnitus, a condition characterized by a constant hissing, hum, buzz, or whistling in the ears.
Tinnitus can restrict sleep and be a constant source of frustration for sufferers. In many cases, someone with tinnitus will never again experience silence because the high-pitch frequency becomes worse in the absence of other noises. Veterans have used words like “torture” and “maddening” to describe the suffering they experience because of defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs.
In addition to the financial burden they face, veterans must also deal with the countless ways their hearing loss will affect their lives. Their sleep may always suffer. They may never enjoy music as they did before losing their hearing. Conversations in crowded environments will always be a struggle.
Considering a 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Lawsuit? Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law Today.
The fact that 3M knew about the defect inherent in their products adds insult to injury for our brave men and women who served to protect us. We believe that 3M should be held accountable, and we want to hear from anyone interested in filing a claim. When you’ve been injured by a product, one way to get justice is through a product liability claim against that product’s manufacturer. Our team has years of experience handling product liability claims.
We know how high the stakes are for you and your loved ones. As seasoned personal injury attorneys, we have handled thousands of cases in our decades representing Texas residents. Terry Bryant is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, since 1986) and a former judge in Texas. Our team knows the law, and we know how to get results.
Call toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000, or (713) 973-8888 in the Houston area, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. If we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing.