Retired Broward County firefighter wins hearing damage lawsuit

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 7:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 7:03 a.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — 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 Wednesday 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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