Civil Suit vs. Whistleblower Action in 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Cases
The legal system in the United States is designed to protect both civilians and the U.S. government. When someone acts negligently or wrongfully, they can be held accountable in several ways. Two different procedures to hold wrongdoers responsible are a whistleblower action and a civil suit. So, what is the difference? And in the case of the faulty 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2), which is available for injured individuals?
The Whistleblower Settlement with 3M
It was announced in July of 2018 that 3M had settled with the U.S. Department of Justice out of court for just over $9 million in a whistleblower action regarding the defective design of the Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2). The money that was recovered in this settlement went to the whistleblower and the government, for individual servicemen and women to recover compensation, they must file civil claims.
Whistleblower actions are covered under the federal law known as the False Claims Act. Under this Act, both the government and private citizens can pursue a “qui tam” claim. These claims can hold individuals and companies suspected of defrauding the government accountable. Those pursuing the claims are known as whistleblowers, as they are providing information on the fraud that otherwise would not have been known and are rewarded for their role.
Civil Claims for Defective Combat Earplugs
Veterans injured by the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 may pursue civil lawsuits. In a civil lawsuit, those injured can claim compensation by proving that the defendant, in this case, 3M acted negligently or carelessly. They can also show that this negligence caused them to suffer injuries. After these elements are proven, they can claim compensation.
This compensation can cover all the economic and non-economic losses caused by the defective Combat Action Earplugs. This can include compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
A Lawyer Could Help with CAEv2 Claims
Injured veterans and servicemen who used the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs and were injured by them can file a defective earplugs lawsuit against the company for compensation.
If you or someone you love served in the military, used the faulty earplugs, and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus as a result, contact a skilled attorney today. Civil lawsuits are the best way to collect the full amount of compensation you deserve. An experienced lawyer could help you argue your case in court to get it.