A survey carried out in 2014 revealed that over 90% of people suffer stress at work – 40% of those questioned suffered from anxiety as a result of workplace stress, with more than half of respondents suffering from stress-related insomnia. Being given too much work to do, working longer hours than you’re contracted to do or being set unrealistic deadlines are all contributing factors to stress at work, and your employer has legal requirements to take steps to minimise the risk of stress-induced illness or injury to their employees.
If they have failed to do so and you’ve become ill or injured as a result of stress, claiming work stress compensation could be an option. Accident Advice Helpline aims to make the claims process as simple as possible and all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Steps to reduce stress
Many people suffering from work-related stress feel unable to talk to their employers for fear it could negatively impact their career. And many of us believe that our employer does not offer adequate support to help cope with stress. Companies should be seen to take steps to minimise stress for employees and may need to make reasonable adjustments for staff who suffer from conditions such as depression, which could include:
- Reducing work hours
- Providing additional support or supervision
- Re-allocating work
- Providing counselling
Employers should carefully consider the impact of stress on staff – for example they could carry out a stress at work audit, to allow staff to raise concerns, create a stress at work policy or provide additional training for managers on how to identify and manage staff stress levels. Stress can not only impact your work performance, it can also manifest with physical symptoms such as depression, anxiety, headaches, nausea, panic attacks and insomnia.
Making a claim
It may feel daunting, but the first step towards claiming work stress compensation is to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our team of advisors has helped hundreds of people just like you to claim compensation for workplace stress, so you can talk to us in confidence and receive no-obligation advice. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your workplace stress-related injuries or illnesses and find out if you have a viable claim for compensation. You could receive a personal injury settlement which compensates you for loss of earnings, if you’ve taken time off work due to stress.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton