Palm Beach County firefighters suing siren-maker for hearing loss
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Dozens of firefighters throughout Palm Beach County have filed a lawsuit against Federal Signal Corporation, claiming the company's sirens permanently damaged their hearing.
Twenty-three former firefighters from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the Boca Raton and West Palm Beach Sheriff's Office say the company "provided no warnings or inadequate warnings" about the dangers of the noise emitted by the sirens, according to the lawsuit.
The firefighters first became aware of their hearing loss, as well as the cause, when they attended audiological screenings for firefighters, the lawsuit said. They also state Federal Signal Corporation's sirens were sold in a "defective condition" and that it emits "intense, omni-directional" noise at a hazardous pitch and decibel.
The repeated exposure over the years caused the firefighters to have permanent, irreversible hearing loss and forced them to "incur medical and other expenses" as a result, according to the lawsuit.
The firefighters are now seeking at least $75,000 (per defendant)) each in damages, including medical costs and loss of earnings.