Florida Firefighter Wins Claim for Hearing Loss from Sirens

January 22, 2010

A recently retired Broward County firefighter has won a lawsuit that claimed his hearing was damaged by 27 years of exposure to loud sirens.

Fort Lauderdale city commissioners voted this week to pay $50,000 to Bruce Wade to settle his workers’ compensation claim for the hearing damage and an undisclosed condition related to his work.

He brought up the hearing damage claim last spring just before he retired.

The lawsuit sought $136,500. Besides the $50,000 settlement approved, the city had paid $43,000 on the claims already.

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