According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), more than one in four workers are affected by work-related stress in Europe. As a result of such stress, workers’ mental and physical health can be affected, producing anxiety and distress. Long hours, a high workload and prolonged pressure can all contribute to such stress and, as well as having a direct effect on your productivity, it can also have an effect on your long-term health. It’s no surprise that stress in the workplace, then, is often linked to accidents in and around the office. If this is the case and you’re put under a significant amount of pressure, you could be entitled to work accident compensation.
Can I Make a Work Accident Claim?
If you have been unlucky enough to be involved in an accident at work, you must first determine whether or not you are indeed stressed, by looking out for these three tell-tale signs:
- You’re suffering memory problems. Are you finding it difficult to recall important facts and figures? This could be as a direct result of stress. As stressed people are prone to a foggy memory, it’s no wonder they’re more prone to work accidents.
- You’re feeling particularly moody or irritable. Irritability can come about as a direct result of stress. You may find it hard to concentrate and find yourself snapping at colleagues or even your boss. Don’t let stress get the better of you, though. It’s easy to let work pressure get on top of you.
- You’re resorting to alcohol or drugs to ‘calm your mood’. Alcohol or drugs should never be the answer to a problem, but often people resort to them in times of real stress. If you find yourself relying on either, you need to address your workload and speak to your boss.
Although it may not seem like it, the above factors can easily result in accidents at work. When you’re stressed, you’re not on top of things, and as a result of not being on top of things, you become stressed. It’s a vicious cycle, and so often poor judgement at work can lead to a work accident claim. Tension is high and you may rush around the office blindly. You only need to stumble across a just-mopped floor and you’ve escalated your stress into something much worse - a serious accident.
But thanks to the Accident Advice Helpline, you may be able to make a claim and certainly the knowledge that a pay-out may be on its way following a painful injury may lessen any future stress.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown