Stoke-on-Trent is located in a part of Staffordshire known as The Potteries. The area contains an abundance of clay and other minerals ideally suited to the production of high quality pottery for tableware and decorative figures. It became a production centre for this decorative, domestic and industrial ceramic ware. Staffordshire Potteries includes famous names such as Josiah Wedgwood, Aynsley, Doulton, Minton and Twyford. Stoke Museums has an extensive collection of pottery displaying the history of the industry, and includes many fine pieces.
Toxic environments can cause work-related illnesses
In Great Britain, many working days are lost every year due to accidents at work or illnesses caused by working conditions. Various kinds of lung conditions are caused by working in hazardous or polluted environments, the most famous of which is probably asbestos dust, which has caused tens of thousands of cases of emphysema. This is a disease, which destroys the tiny filaments of the lungs, making it progressively harder for a sufferer to breathe normally. Clay-working environments can expose workers to silicosis (potter’s rot), a lung disease caused by fine silica particles in the air. Silica is a mineral found in almost all kinds of rock and is one of the commonest elements on earth.
Accident solicitor in Stoke-on-Trent
Fortunately, in more recent times, we understand a great deal more about the consequences of working in different industrial and commercial environments. Most employers follow guidelines set down for their industry, including directives by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE – RIDDOR) in order to protect their workers from developing work-related conditions. However, if you suffer from an illness which you think may have been caused by your working environment, and you think your employer has not provided adequate safeguards, you may have grounds for a compensation claim. You can ask an accident solicitor in Stoke-on-Trent for more information.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you are wondering how to go about doing that, you can start here, on our site. Take our 30-second test here to find out if your claim qualifies. Don’t leave it too long because the law states claims must be made within three years, although for some industrial illnesses, the rules may vary. You should ask your accident solicitor in Stoke-on-Trent to advise you. Contact our advisers for more information. You can reach them on 0800 689 0500 (from your land line) or if calling on a mobile, on 0333 500 0993. The lines are Freephone and they are open 24/7 so you can call at any time.
If you would like an adviser to call you back, text “CLAIM365” to 88010.