Should you file a Firefighter Hearing Loss Lawsuit?
December 8, 2017 | Workers Compensation
Do you need an Attorney to file a Firefighter Hearing Loss Lawsuit?
Firefighters are constantly exposed to plenty of dangerous threats when they are out in the field, from all the fire and toxic smoke to unstable constructions damaged by a fire that can quickly and easily collapse. This is something that they face all the time at every fire and rescue scene, but they are also among the first ones to arrive at motor vehicle accident scenes, as well as many others where their unique expertise and skills are required to make sure that everyone is safe. Napoli Shkolnik understands these concerns. We have represented 1000’s of first responders over the years and as firefighter attorneys, we are prepared to get you the compensation you deserve. Firefighter Hearing Loss lawsuit is common, contact us now for help.
Their job is definitely not an easy one, especially because they are ultimately trying to save people in various accidents. However, apart from all the obvious dangers that they face on the job, firefighters are greatly affected by something that rarely anyone ever thinks about but which poses a significant threat to their health. That hidden danger is the noise coming from sirens, accompanied by all the firefighting equipment.
Sirens and Firefighter Hearing Loss
Exposure to high noise levels for a long period of time can cause severe hearing damage and even permanent firefighter hearing loss. If you are constantly exposed to loud sounds (higher than 85 decibels), you are greatly damaging your hearing which will deteriorate over time.
Sirens that firefighters are exposed to on a daily basis produce a sound that can be as high as 120 decibels, which is an extremely loud sound for anyone to be exposed to frequently. Not only do those sirens eventually lead to hearing loss among firefighters, but they can also cause a medical condition called tinnitus, which is the ringing in the ears caused by high noise levels.
Now, all the firefighters in the world are used to all the foreground noise, since it essentially comes with the job, and a great number of them has made peace with the fact that their hearing is or will eventually be negatively affected, but is it really necessary for them to be exposed to such high noise levels?
The noise coming from all the firefighting equipment cannot really be lowered that much, and you cannot exactly leave the entire apparatus and choose not to use it, but there is definitely something that can be done when it comes to sirens. They can really be safer because, when you really think about it, there is absolutely no need for them to be as loud as they are.
The Dangers of Firefighter Hearing Loss
Apart from the obvious, firefighter hearing loss is something that firefighters cannot afford, because how can they help someone in need if they are not able to hear them? If their hearing is damaged, they cannot clearly hear their team members or people whom they are trying to save, not to mention the sound of something breaking or falling, or anything else that would enable them to do their job properly.
This is the biggest danger or firefighter hearing loss because if you cannot hear what is going on around you, how can you make sure that you and everyone else are perfectly safe?
This is why firefighters from all over the country are filing firefighter hearing loss lawsuits, which is not only to get workers’ compensation and receive proper medical treatment but also to raise awareness that will make the manufacturers of emergency vehicles’ sirens realize the dangers and make safer sirens. It’s important to understand in many of these cases you will need a firefighters attorney.
Of course, there are earplugs and earmuffs that you can use to protect your hearing, and there are those that cancel high noise levels but not to an extent that you cannot hear how loud your vehicle’s sirens are. Nonetheless, you should really find some hearing protection devices and protect your health the way you are protecting other people.
If you are a firefighter who has experienced noise-induced hearing loss due to long-term exposure to sirens, you should definitely join a great number of people in your line of work and file a firefighter hearing loss lawsuit, with a reputable firefighter attorney because you may be eligible for Line of Duty Injury Benefits. You may even be able to file a product liability lawsuit because sirens are definitely made more dangerous than they should be.
Whichever the case, make sure you consult with an experienced attorney first. We at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC are more than happy to help you out, and we offer a free initial consultation, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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