3M Earplug Lawsuit Individual Payout | How much money?

More military veterans are asking our law firm a common question related to the 3M combat earplug lawsuit, the payouts for each individual.  

While we can only estimate how much money could be available to those veterans suffering from hearing loss, the first bellwether lawsuit has now shown what the payouts can be.  

June 18, 2021 – Today a Florida federal jury decided that an armed service man should be awarded $1.7 million from sustained hearing loss from the 3M combat earplugs. The court said 3M was 62% responsible for the hearing loss. This now is the second loss in the three bellwether trials.

3M’s failure to warn is what the jury decided, but also said plaintiff Lloyd Baker was 38% responsible. Lloyd is one of some 235,000 service members that have filed claims in this large MDL, alleging the earplugs are defective in preventing hearing loss from ultraloud trainings and in combat scenarios.   

Baker, was a M240 machine gun operator, testified that he began having muffled hearing and tinnitus when training at Fort Lewis in Washington state in 2005-2006 before being deployed in Iraq. He was diagnosed in 2009 with tinnitus.        

May 28, 2021 – Today in a Florida Court during closing arguments in the second bellwether trial has determined that 3M is not responsible for the hearing loss, tinnitus and other injuries related to the faulty 3M combat earplugs. In this case it was Dustin McCombs, and Afghanistan veteran who suffered from an IED explosion in 2009 that started his tinnitus and became worse when he was stationed in Alaska.

His lawyers responded to the verdict:  “While we are disappointed by the jury’s conclusion in this trial … we continue to believe that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that 3M knew their CAEv2 earplugs were defective, yet allowed our service members who relied on them for hearing protection to suffer from preventable hearing loss and tinnitus.”

For veterans that have been following the 3M bellwether case from April 30, there is still a window of time open for you to file your claim with no out of pocket cost to you. However as with all defective product lawsuits there is a statute of limitations that applies. Act now if you’ve experienced any hearing loss, tinnitus or ringing in the ears Use this 100% Secure Claim Form to start the claims process. We expect large cash settlement payouts from these 3M claims. 

April 30, 2021 — Today a Florida Court has slapped 3M with a whopping $7.1 million verdict, much of it in punitive damages in the first 3M earplug bellwether trial. That Florida jury took the side of three former military veterans who claimed the were harmed from the combat arms earplugs known as the CAEv2s that failed to work causing hearing loss or a condition known as tinnitus.

The jury awarded $2.1 million punitive damages to all three veterans. Stephen Hacker suffered tinnitus in 2006, Luke Estes had suffered from ringing in the ears beginning in 2014, and Lewis Keefer slowly started loosing his hearing.

  • Hacker will receive an additional amount of $160,000 for pain and suffering.
  • Estes gets $350,000 for hearing loss, medical costs, and pain and suffering.
  • Keffer will receive $320,000 for medical costs, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.

On April 5th 2021 we will see the bellwether trail happen, and this will help lay the ground work for all cases that are currently lined up. A Bellwether trail is a test case that is used in a widely contested issue and a common practice in the U.S.

More than 140,000 veterans across the U.S. hurt from the 3M earplugs have so far joined in this upcoming lawsuit, and seek to find payout information per person.

Because of the very similar nature of these cases, mainly the loss of hearing or tinnitus, these cases were consolidated into what is called multi-distract litigation (MDL) will take place in the Northern District of Florida.

3M combat earplug payouts for each individual.

If we look at how past faulty device or faulty medical device lawsuits have gone over the years we can see possible similar payouts.

For example: Some of the past MDL lawsuits have had billions of dollars in a compensation fund, and then that payout would be spread between all who have joined the lawsuit.  

3m earplug lawsuit individual payout

Example: $12,000,000,000 in a 3M earplug settlement fund that would serve 200,000 claimants (victims) would be $60,000 payout per person. This is only an example and does not represent any in individual payouts for the 3m earplug lawsuit.  Hopefully this will answer the question asked on “3m earplug lawsuit payout per person”.

When and how did the 3M Combat Earplug lawsuit happen?

The earplugs, called dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2), were originally sold by Aearo Technologies LLC, which designs and manufactures noise, shock, and vibration products. In 2007, three years into the military’s contract with Aearo, 3M purchased the company for $1.2 billion.

3M combat arms earplugs

Veterans and military service members who suffered injuries after using 3M’s Combat Arms Earplugs began filing lawsuits in 2018 against the company. These lawsuits accuse 3M of designing a defective product and failing to warn about its risks. 

On April 3, 2019, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ruled to consolidate all federally filed lawsuits in the same court. At the time, 8 actions were coordinated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, with U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers presiding. 

Schmidt National Law Firm is still accepting 3M Earplug Claims for any veterans that are experiencing hearing loss, tinnitus or ringing in the ears Use this 100% Secure Claim Form to start the claims process. We expect a large cash settlement payouts from these 3M claims. 

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3M earplug lawsuit individual payout, How much money page updated on June 18, 2021 for the third 3M bellwether verdict.