Stress is defined as ‘the reaction people have to excessive demands or pressures’, and stress, anxiety and depression related to work pose a considerable problem in today’s society.
1 in 5 employees consider themselves to be suffering from stress at work, and a high percentage of these employees will go on to suffer from a psychiatric illness.
Stress can affect your body and mind, causing insomnia, anxiety, tiredness, backache, headaches, ulcers and skin rashes.
Protecting staff at work
If your employer has not taken proper care of the psychological health of their employees, they could be ordered to pay damages. Your employer needs to carry out a detailed risk assessment to highlight anything which could cause stress in the workplace. Here are some of the most common causes of stress:
- Poor working conditions
- Too high workload/excessive demands
- Lack of training
- Frustration due to poor management
- Lack of control over work
- Dealing with clients or the public
Claiming for compensation
Stress can lead to clinical depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you feel that your employer has been negligent and that this has caused you stress, you will need to show that:
- Your employer has not provided a safe working environment and has failed to keep you safe
- You have suffered a psychiatric illness due to your employer’s negligence
- Your employer failed to do all they could to resolve the issue
You’ll need to seek advice from a professional personal injury compensation lawyer, which is where Accident Advice Helpline can help.
How we can help
With more than 13 years’ experience of handling personal injury compensation claims, Accident Advice Helpline is proud to have Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, as our patron. We offer the highest standard of service to all our customers.
Our freephone helpline is open 24/7, so you can call at any time for some helpful, friendly advice with no obligation to proceed, and if you decide to proceed with your claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee service.
The last thing you need when you’re suffering from stress is even more hassle, and our professional team will lift the weight off your shoulders, answering any questions you may have and assisting you with every step of your claim – because most claims can be processed over the phone, it’s unlikely you will have to attend court.
Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown