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Let’s start with the question: “What is 3M Earplug Lawsuit?” 3M was the exclusive supplier of earplugs for the U.S. military from 2003 to 2015.
After the U.S. Government emerged from a lawsuit against 3M with a settlement payout of $9.1 million for the company’s defective military earplugs, thousands of veterans followed suit. 
Because the facts were so similar for military personnel who suffered hearing damage from the Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2), the cases were centralized and transferred to a U.S. District Court, where pretrial matters will be decided for all cases.
This does not mean that only servicemembers and veterans can sue 3M for hearing damage from these earplugs, there are many scenarios in which a civilian who suffers hearing damage can sue.
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Are you eligible and who can take part in the 3M Earplug Lawsuit?
How Do I Know If I Used the Defective 3M Combat Earplugs?
Where were 3M Combat Earplugs used?
- The Iraq War
- North-West Pakistan (part of War on Terror)
- Operation Ocean Shield in the Indian Ocean
- American-led intervention in Libya (2011)
- American-led intervention in Iraq (2014 )
- American-led intervention in Syria (2014)
- Yemeni Civil War (2015)
- American Intervention in Libya (2015)
What to expect in the 3M Earplug Lawsuit?
The company has settled with the Federal Government in July 2018., agreeing to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold the earplugs to the military without disclosing defects that hampered their protection. 
More than 1.7 million veterans received compensation for tinnitus and more than 1.1 million veterans got it for hearing loss.
Those who served after Sept. 11, 2001, are four times more likely to develop hearing problems, according to the VA.
Veterans are 30% more likely to have a severe hearing impairment according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
Constant ringing in the ears is known to lead to headaches, mood changes, anxiety, insomnia, vision changes, and depression.
What is the average payout?
In the current litigation against 3M, veterans and active-duty members who used the 3M earplugs and who were harmed, as a result, are suing 3M to recover for those injuries.
This lawsuit will not involve dividing up the $9.1 million, but rather a service member affected due to the earplugs have their own individual cases against 3M.
“Litigation against 3M is still ongoing and a final amount has not been determined yet.”
Based on the small sampling of cases the average value of a claim for partial hearing impairment seems to range from $50,000 to $300,000 depending on the severity.
The average value of hearing loss claims in the Combat Arms earplug cases may be notably higher than this which could lead to larger individual payouts if these cases go to trial.
Most of the sample cases below involve car accidents where settlement values are typically lower because of max limits on the applicable insurance policies.
On the other hand, 3M is one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, so there won’t be any insurance limits.
Types of damages for which you may receive compensation
The compensation you can get if you sue for defective 3M earplugs could cover your economic costs from your hearing damage and tinnitus, as well as various non-economic damages.
The types and amount of damages you can recover will depend upon your particular condition and how it has affected you, and here are listed some of the types of damages:
- Fees from physicians
- Costs of medical treatment
- Prescription medicines
- Hearing aids
- Assistive devices
- Lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Emotional anxiety
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Read more: How to win a VA Hearing Loss Claim? >