Industrial deafness experts Attwood Solicitors are to hold a free hearing advice day at their new Burslem office.
And the forward thinking solicitors’ practice is creating a one stop shop hearing centre at the St John’s Square office.
The office will be the company’s hearing headquarters, with audiologists Hear4U working alongside solicitors and regular surgeries with GP and industrial injury expert Dr Grant Charlesworth Jones.
Principal Solicitor Ashley Attwood said: “This is an exciting venture for the company – we are investing in our home city and bringing around 15 jobs to Burslem with further expansion planned in the next 12 months.”
Attwood Solicitors, which also has an office in Hartshill Road, Stoke, has built a national reputation fighting for workers whose hearing has been damaged at work.
The firm has a nationwide portfolio of cases from ship builders in Plymouth and Barrow in Furness to pottery workers in their home city of Stoke-on-Trent.
Former welder Stephen Rothwell received £12,000 in 2010 after action was taken against a Winsford factory who did not provide adequate hearing protection.
Audiologists, solicitors and Dr Charlesworth Jones will be on hand for a hearing advice day at the St John’s Square offices on Friday, 3 June.
Mr Attwood, said: “We are taking action in more than 500 cases, many involving pottery workers from Stoke-on-Trent.
“Statements from former pottery workers show that there was a repeated failure to provide protective equipment during the 1970s and 1980s.
“Many workers have paid the price and are now suffering from Tinnitus and other hearing conditions.”
Dr Charlesworth Jones said: “Our work with Attwood Solicitors is raising awareness of a major issue. For many years workers had their hearing damaged because employers failed to provide adequate protection.
“However, people have tended to just put up with hearing loss and put it down to getting older.
“In my experience people are reticent about coming forward – but they should be compensated and the law provides for that.”
The Burslem hearing event will run from 10am until 4pm on Friday, 3 May. To book an appointment telephone Attwood Solicitors on 0800 587 3231, or 01782 823384, or log on to www.attwoodsolicitors.co.uk.
For further information contact Ashley Attwood on 01782 416016 www.attwoodsolicitors.co.uk.