Firefighters File Lawsuit Over Hearing Loss From Sirens

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Several City of Pittsburgh firefighters have filed a lawsuit, saying the sirens on their trucks were too loud and caused them hearing loss.

According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ralph Bilski, Jeremiah Dengler, Roger Mather III and Mark Godlewski filed the lawsuit.

They are suing several manufacturers, claiming the fire trucks were defective because they lacked sufficient insulation to protect firefighters’ hearing, the Post-Gazette reports.

Also, the PG reports that the lawsuit claims the truck manufacturers and siren companies failed to provide warnings.

The City of Pittsburgh is not named in the lawsuit.

Similar lawsuits, many of them successful, have been filed by emergency operators and first responders in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Florida.

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