Pennsylvania Firefighters Refile Hearing Loss Suits Against Federal Signal

Seventy current and retired Pennsylvania firefighters filed suit this week in Lackawanna County (PA) Court against siren manufacturer Federal Signal Corporation claiming hearing loss from exposure to “loud, excessive and harmful noise levels.” The firefighters from Scranton, Dunmore and Wilkes-Barre filed a total of five lawsuits after similar suits they filed in Illinois were dismissed earlier this year.

The original suits were filed twelve years ago in Illinois because that is where Federal Signal is headquartered. Illinois courts ruled that the suits should have been filed where the hearing loss occurred, not where the siren manufacturer was headquartered. Plaintiffs were given six months to refile their suits.

The suits are similar to numerous other product liability type suits against Federal Signal that we have been following. More on the story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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