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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Beating that Christmas panic


    The weeks and days before Christmas can be exceptionally stressful for anyone, but employees in supermarkets, independent and department stores are at particular risk of falling victim to that pre-Christmas panic.

    Christmas panic consequences

    Often asked to work extra hours during the period leading up to Christmas to ensure shelves are kept stocked and floors are kept clean, dry and free of trip hazards, shop employees not only have to deal with their own Christmas panic, they also have to deal with that of customers and employers.

    As a result, their stress levels can become so high that they have the potential to cause anxiety, depression or accidents at work. Increased numbers of shoppers doing huge amounts of shopping can also lead to check-out operators being exposed to an increased risk of developing repetitive strain injuries.

    Beating the Christmas panic

    There are some things employees can do to prevent developing stress-related illnesses or having work accidents. Among those things is the necessity to realise that they do not have to carry the responsibility for making their family’s Christmas perfect alone. Delegating some of the tasks around the home to family members is a good start to reducing pre-Christmas stress. At work, employees can prevent accidental injuries by adhering to necessary health and safety procedures at all times and approaching tasks in as calm a manner as possible.

    Employers and stress

    Employers are responsible for their workers’ health and safety. This includes keeping stress levels at a minimum. Workers have to be permitted to take regular breaks and time off to recover from what is without doubt the busiest time of the year for everyone.

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    Your rights as an employee

    If you develop a stress-related condition or have a workplace accident because your employer failed to protect you, you may qualify for work injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline solicitors specialise in work injury claims.

    What to expect

    Our advisors will first of all ask you a few questions concerning your injury or work-related condition. This is necessary to determine your claim eligibility. Once your eligibility to claim has been confirmed, you will be offered the no win no fee* services of one of our experienced in-house solicitors. Find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve by calling us on freephone 0800 689 0500 today. For calls made from mobile phones, the number to call is 0333 500 0993.

    Date Published: December 3, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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