STOKE, England, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
A firm of personal injury solicitors from Stoke is offering clients free hearing tests, carried out by an audiologist to see if they have suffered from industrial deafness, and advice regarding the way forward dependent upon the outcome of the test. Visitors to the Hanley offices in Stoke will also be offered advice on how to make a compensation claim if an employer has contributed to their condition.
The clinic has been set up to encourage people in the Stoke area to come forward with any worries or concerns they have about their hearing which may have been caused by work place conditions. The open event, which is being run on Friday 6th June 2014, is designed to help people who have suffered deafness in the workplace through no fault of their own.
Michael Jefferies, Managing Director of the firm says that the effects of industrial deafness are far reaching and the condition touches the lives of many people the firm sees on a regular basis. He says that while the majority of employers are very mindful of their employees' safety, there are occasions when this safeguarding has not happened and people have suffered as a result. He said: "Living with hearing loss is a stressful experience and colours the everyday lives of sufferers and their families. It takes only small, preventative steps for employers to stop such debilitating injuries from happening."
Nina Ramsden, who is also a Director at Jefferies Solicitors, believes that the hearing clinic will prove helpful for people in the local area. She said: "Despite many people being aware of industrial hearing loss, some people still find it hard to make the first steps. We hope that the clinic we are opening will make it easier for people to come to us in confidence and discuss their circumstances. The historical nature of heavy industry in the Stoke and surrounding areas means that many people may have suffered hearing loss as a result of past employment and are often unaware of the link between their hearing problems and previous work in factories and other heavy industry environments."
What Is Industrial Deafness?
One of the main causes of industrial deafness is working in loud and noisy environments on a regular basis. Heavy machinery operating in the background can often contribute to conditions like tinnitus where there is a buzzing or ringing, whooshing sound in the ears, either temporarily or permanently.
Sufferers from industrial deafness may also experience acoustic trauma which happens when there is an extremely loud bang resulting in permanent hearing loss in some cases.
About Jefferies Solicitors
Jefferies Solicitors is a leading personal injury law firm that specialises in work place compensation claims. With offices in Manchester and Stoke, and covering the UK, the firm has a strong team of industrial injury lawyers covering all sectors.
To find out more about the hearing clinic on Friday 6th June 2014 contact Jefferies Solicitors Stoke office on +44(0)1782-499910. Alternatively, you can visit their website athttp://www.jefferies-solicitors.com
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