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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

    My legal rights: Stress and depression


    My legal rights: Stress and depression

    Work-related stress and depression are a serious problem among British employees. The latest available figures revealed that during the 12-month period between 2010 and 2011, 211,000 cases of anxiety, depression and stress at work were reported.

    Other stress and depression statistics

    During the same period, approximately 400,000 workers in the UK were reported to believe they were being made ill by the level of work-related stress they experienced. Every one of the cases involving stress-related ill health results in an average of 27 lost days of work. Stress at work and resulting illness cost a staggering total of 10.8 million days off work in the UK during this period.

    The law surrounding stress and depression

    According to the 1999 Management of Health & Safety at Work regulations and the 1974 Health & Safety at Work Act, employers have the duty to assess the risks of work induced stress and take the necessary steps to prevent employees becoming ill by exposure to excessive work stress. They are also required to prevent accidents at work by assessing risks and taking relevant preventative actions.

    Your rights

    Whether you sustain a work injury or suffer from ill health, including anxiety and depression, brought on by stress at work, if your work accident or excessive stress could have been prevented by your employer but he failed to do so, you could be entitled to work injury compensation.

    When to claim

    Claims for compensation following an injury at work should be made within three years of the workplace accident or, in case of stress-related illness or slowly developing industrial diseases, within three years of being diagnosed with the work related condition in question.

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    How to claim

    You can learn more about claiming and enlist legal assistance by making a freephone call to Accident Advice Helpline. When you give us a call, an advisor will ask you a series of questions designed to establish your claim eligibility.

    Such questions will include the type and extent of your work related injury or industrial illness; the circumstances surrounding your injury or illness and who you believe may be responsible. Any details you provide at this stage will be treated with complete confidentiality.

    What happens next

    As soon as your eligibility to claim has been confirmed, you will be offered the no-win no-fee* assistance of our legal team, and a specialist in-house solicitor, who will then assist you in all aspects of your claim process.

    Call today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.