Firefighters work hard to save lives, but they must also protect themselves from health dangers beyond contact with fire. Ear damage, for example, is becoming an issue due to exposure to loud sirens. That's why thousands of firefighters are suing a manufacturer of sirens for permanent hearing loss.
How Sirens Affect Hearing
Even when firefighters wear ear protection, the loud volume of sirens can still lead to hearing damage. Some firefighters have developed tinnitus, which leads to ringing or buzzing sounds in the ears. Sirens can be as loud as 120 decibels, which compares with sound systems at rock concerts. Federal standards suggest that the louder the decibel level, the less time people should be exposed to it, to protect their ears.
Over the years firefighters have learned to live with noise, but now that it has led to many cases of hearing loss, fire departments are taking action and calling for safer sirens.
Filing a Hearing Loss Lawsuit
Firefighters must alert their departments with complaints about hearing damage. Attorneys can represent both fire departments and individuals, depending on the case. You should consult attorneys who have a strong reputation for winning settlements involving hearing loss, such as Gaylord & Nantais. They will guide you through the steps to filing a suit, whether it's an individual case or a class action civil case. They also have expertise in worker's compensation cases.
The largest hearing loss lawsuit settlement to date involving sirens has been for $3.6 million in 2011, in which 1,069 Philadelphia firefighters were awarded compensation.
Contact Gaylord & Nantais at (562) 424-9967 to discuss your situation for a hearing loss lawsuit settlement.