If you suffered hearing loss or another related impairment because of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, you could sue the product’s manufacturer. These products should have protected soldiers from loud noises––not damage their inner ears.
Loncar Lyon Jenkins can shed more light on this matter when you give our team a call.
What’s the Lawsuit Against the Makers of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs?
From 2003 to 2015, the United States military supplied soldiers with 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. These products were intended to protect soldiers from loud noises that could cause permanent hearing loss. Instead, however, many of these products did exactly the opposite. Because of their irregular design, some soldiers needed to push them deep into their ears, damaging the inner ear’s nerves and hairs.
Evidently, the makers of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs knew about the hazard but did not share these details with the government. The U.S. Department of Justice noted that after suing 3M Company and Aearo Technologies, Inc., they recovered $9.1 million in damages.
Now, both 3M Company and Aearo Technologies, Inc. are the subjects of multiple lawsuits by affected individuals.
Could You Join the Mass Tort Against the Makers of 3M Combat Arms Earplugs?
You could pursue compensation via a product liability case if you or a loved one suffered health problems because of these earplugs. You do not need to prove negligence. Per the American Bar Association (ABA), your case will be based on the fact that:
- The product’s manufacturers knew (or should have known) about the hazard.
- The product’s manufacturers failed to issue warning labels or a recall to protect soldiers.
These earplugs were used during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. If you served during these times, you might have suffered hearing loss due to use of the earplugs. We can examine your service records and other information to make this connection.
We will Seek the Full Cost of Your Losses
Suffering hearing loss can come with a host of complications. We will work to seek compensation for each of those hardships, including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost income
- Lost tips, commissions, and bonuses
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Mental health complications, including anxiety and depression
- Assistive devices, like a hearing aid
You could qualify for other types of damages, depending on your situation. Their values will depend on the details of your case.
We Work on a Contingency-Fee Basis
In a contingency-fee-based arrangement, you only pay our attorney’s fees if we win your case. If your case does not succeed, then you don’t pay us for certain services.
We don’t charge retainers, and we don’t charge by the hour, either. We take payment for our help from your final award. You’ll know about this arrangement at the beginning of your case.
How could a 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Lawyer with Our Firm Help You?
Our goal is to recover compensation for each of your losses. After you served our country, we want to serve you. Building a strong case entails:
Gathering Evidence of Negligence
We will use your case’s evidence to prove its validity. Supporting evidence in your case could include:
- Your medical records
- Your military service records
- Receipts, invoices, and billing statements related to your losses
- Statements from your supervisors, healthcare providers, and family members
We’re not just lawyers. We’re also investigators. By hunting down your case’s evidence, we can build a robust claim on your behalf.
Calculating Your Damages
Using supporting information, we can calculate the value of your pain and suffering, medical bills, and other related damages.
Filing Your Lawsuit in Court
We feel right at home in the courtroom. To promote your case’s success, we will:
- Take depositions
- Conduct interviews
- Cross-examine witnesses
- Present your case’s evidence and related damages
- Argue your case
- Showcase the impact of your injury on your life
We will do whatever it takes to see your case through to trial. You might not even have to appear in court with our team on your side.
Communicating with the Involved Parties
We will answer all emails and phone calls directed toward you. You don’t have to talk to the other party’s insurer, nor should you have to. We will give them all the information they need. If they attempt to reach you directly, tell your lawyer, and we’ll handle it.
How Long do You Have to File Your Lawsuit?
How long you have to act depends on:
- When you used the defective product
- When you discovered your injury
- The details of your condition
When you connect with our team, you can learn more about the statute of limitations in your case. We encourage you to contact us soon, as you may not have long to act.
What Should You do Now?
Considering legal representation is the first step toward receiving a fair settlement. Yet, once you retain our services, the following could also help you:
Get Medical Attention
Visit a healthcare provider to learn more about your condition. Without seeing a doctor, it’ll be hard to prove your case. Keep your lab test results and other supporting information. Then, give it to your 3M Combat Arms Earplugs lawsuit lawyer.
Refuse to Give a Recorded Statement
Insurance providers are experts at asking leading questions or twisting claimants’ words. If they ask for a recorded statement, direct them to us. We can give them the basic information they need. Anything else could be used against you.
Keep Track of Your Losses
By keeping your injury-related invoices, receipts, and billing statements in a safe place, you can prove the cost of your damages. These items could come in handy during negotiations and litigation.
Connect with Loncar Lyon Jenkins Today
If you were injured by 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, you could file a lawsuit against its makers. Our law firm has decades of experience fighting multi-million-dollar companies, and we’re not afraid of a good fight.
To connect with our team at no charge, dial (800) 285-4878.