Have you or someone you know served in the U.S. military while using the 3M Combat Earplugs? If you have used the defective 3M combat earplugs and are experiencing auditory ailments like hearing loss and tinnitus, you can file a 3M Combat lawsuit. Many veterans are already taking 3M into court, but the one question that comes to everyone’s mind is how long it will take for the 3M Combat Earplugs lawsuit?
So we’ll be covering all important things about the 3M Combat Earplug lawsuit to help you understand how much time it could take for the case to be settled and for you to be aptly compensated.
Brief Overview of 3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuit
3 M designed the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs to block loud sounds completely, and many units were sold to the military between 2003 and 2015. Later on, it was found that the earplugs were defective as they didn’t seal tightly in the ear and allowed deafening sounds to pass through, which made the military personnel wearing them susceptible to auditory problems like hearing loss and tinnitus later in their life. Then came the revelation that 3M knew about the defect but still went ahead and sold the earplugs, knowing very well the damage it could cause to the military personnel.
So if you also have serious hearing loss, tinnitus, or any other hearing problem caused by using defective 3M Combat Earplugs, you are also eligible for filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers and entitled to compensation.
How Long Will it Take to Settle the Combat Earplugs Lawsuit?
There’s no definite answer to this question as lawsuits are often unpredictable, and there’s no telling exactly how long they will take. But if we’re to get straight to the point and give you an average figure, it could take anywhere between 2 and 5 years for the lawsuit to be completely settled and have the compensation paid out to you.
However, we want you to have better information about the lawsuit and different factors to determine the lawsuit’s overall duration. There are mainly there things that have a direct effect on how long the case takes to settle.
Your Own Case Report
The first important factor is how decisive of a case you have put up as a plaintiff. Of course, you won’t be fighting your case yourself. So the intensity of your plea for compensation depends on your attorney, so it’s best to approach law firms who have handled 3M Combat Earplugs lawsuit cases before as well. We come with years of related experience and can make a strong case in court with all necessary evidence in our hands, such as your medical reports and expenses.
The Defendant’s Case
The next thing that determines the lawsuit duration is how strong defense does 3M put up as a defendant. As there are multiple lawsuits initiated against them, things won’t be easy for them at all. But they will try their best to either stall the case and stretch it out or attempt to settle the matter with you by paying an amount less than what you should be compensated for.
While there’s not much you can do about 3M’s approach to the case, you should be prepared to challenge any claims they make on their defense. And if they try to sway you with a settlement amount right at the start, there can be the thought of taking the money and avoiding the hassle of a lawsuit. But if what they offer is much less than what you deserve to be paid, don’t take such an undervalued offer and have the patience to fight in court.
There may be multiple settlement talks between you, the plaintiff, and 3M, the defendant, throughout the lawsuit. Some courts even make it mandatory for both parties in a case to have at least one settlement discussion. This affects the duration of the lawsuit because you always have an option to take the money and settle the case right then and there.
If the settlement money is sufficient to compensate you adequately for all the expenses and damages you have faced due to the hearing problems caused by defective earplugs, then, by all means, take the offer and settle the case. But if that’s not the case, it’s better to push further with the lawsuit and make them pay you what you deserve. Here too, we will help you determine how much you need to be compensated.
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A 3M Combat Earplugs lawsuit can usually take a few years to settle, but the factors we mentioned can speed up the process. Don’t try to rush things to have the case quickly settled. Have patience, take your time, fight the case with a strong and honest plea, and have a capable class action firm like ours handling the case. You will surely settle the lawsuit by receiving a fully deserving compensation.