Skip to comments.4 Pittsburgh firefighters sue over hearing loss from sirens
Posted on 04/23/2013 2:22:53 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
Four Pittsburgh firefighters are suing seven companies that manufacture fire trucks or sirens, claiming they've lost hearing due to the blaring sirens.
They're claiming that Mack Trucks Inc., Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC and five other firms "knew or should have known the products ... were inherently dangerous, defective and hazardous to human hearing."
The men claim they've suffered irreversible hearing loss "due to exposure to the intense noise."
The firefighters are seeking unspecified monetary damages
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Winning a hearing loss personal injury case is not easy. If the firefighters went to even one rock concert, the defendants will use that to claim that the hearing loss is not the fault of the sirens.
I normally have the highest respect for firefighters, but this is just an attempted shakedown. They should be ashamed.
Funny, all the Firemen I see here where I live in California, and there are four Fire Stations close to my home so I see a lot of Fire Fighters on their rigs, wear hearing protection while riding in or on the trucks. Sounds more like they need to suing their Fire departments and cities for negligence! Some call OSHA pronto!
OUR HEROES....BWHAAHAH..NOW, HAND OVER THE MONEY...
please tell me you are kidding, I know an ear nose and throat guy who once said well a little hearing damage is not necessarily all bad!
I guess not all firemen are “heroes”.
I don’t know a single combat arms soldier or Marine over 50 who doesn’t have a substantial hearing loss. No disability for that though. Maybe we should sue the enemies.
JJ Sr. one of the four?
OK, You win, here's your settlement, now get back to work. Next Case!
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a regulation that states: Hearing protection shall be provided for and used by all members operating or riding on fire apparatus when subject to noise in excess of 90 dBA. NFPA 1500(7.18.1)
So then either these four guys were issued faulty hearing protection, again not the engine manufacturers, or it’s a scam! Oh say it isn’t so, a scam by first responders!
That's funny, we were on the 2nd floor porch all afternoon havin' brewskis, when the city's L2 [FD Ladder truck] cruised by code 1, came back by 20 minutes later, and I noticed the driver was wearing headphone-style hearing protection, like we use when we shoot. They know...
4 PITTSBURGH FIREFIGHTERS SUE OVER HEARING LOSS FROM SIRENS
Guess these geniuses never heard of ear plugs.
Everyone these days wants to cash in on a big tort claim.
Just as an intellectual exercise, I wonder where we’d all be right now if the Marines had complained of all the noise before going into the beaches on Okinawa - and refused to go.