Over 170,000 claims involving servicemember hearing damage have been registered with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. But time is running out to do so. Any potential lawsuit has what is called a “statute of limitations” that provides claimants with a limited amount of time to file a case. This statute usually is a matter of state law, and the time limitations vary from state to state.
South Carolina has a three year statute of limitations that applies to personal injury claims like those in the 3M Earplugs litigation. But many states have a two year limitation. This is important because—if you were stationed on a base in another state when you were injured, that state’s statute of limitations may apply. Also, the media coverage of the 3M earplugs litigation became heavy in early 2019, meaning many if not most claimants learned of their potential claim at that time. Servicemembers who learned of their potential claim in early 2019 may be seeing their statute of limitations expire in the very near future.
If you have a potential 3M combat earplugs claim and have been thinking about speaking with an attorney, please do so now. Time is of the essence. We are a local South Carolina law firm and can meet with you in person or virtually. Attorney Graham Newman is spearheading this litigation for Chappell, Smith & Arden, PA. You can reach him at 803-929-3600 or fill out the information on this webpage below: