According to the Health and Safety Executive, stress and anxiety at work are among the most common types of occupational illnesses in the UK. If you suffer from stress at work or you’ve been involved in accidents at work, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation.
Causes of anxiety at work
There are many possible causes of anxiety at work, including:
- impending deadlines
- increased workload
- bullying and poor relationships with colleagues or the management
- lack of control
- demands of employers
- organisational changes, such as a restructure
Anxiety affects people in different ways; some suffer from temporary symptoms, such as feeling nervous, worried or under pressure, while others experience significant changes to their physical and mental health. Severe anxiety can result in weight loss and loss of appetite, disturbed sleep patterns and insomnia, loss of concentration, depression and lack of motivation.
Dealing with anxiety at work
If you suffer from a work-related illness, such as anxiety, it is important that you speak to your supervisor or manager. This is particularly important if you feel that you are being bullied, you have concerns about your workload or demands from your employer are making you feel anxious.
Often, reporting the problem will help to resolve the situation, as employers are required to take steps to help prevent work accidents and ensure a safe and healthy working environment for their employees. Issues such as workload and demands should be modified to reduce stress and anxiety and help employees to feel more comfortable and confident at work.
If issues outside work are causing you to feel anxious, such as bereavement, poor health or relationship worries, you should seek advice from your GP.
Can I claim compensation for anxiety?
If you develop anxiety as a result of your working conditions or work-related issues, you may have a viable claim for work illness compensation, provided you can prove that your illness was caused by factors related to work, which could have been prevented by the actions of your employer. Examples of personal injury cases, which may be successful include:
- an employer failing to act to resolve the problem
- an employer failing to provide a safe working environment
- an employee has developed a psychological illness as a direct result an employer’s negligence
- an employee was subjected to such high levels of stress that there was a significant risk of injury or illness
To find out more about claiming work injury compensation or compensation for a work accident, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or visit our website.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice