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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

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    True or false? I can only claim for physical work injuries


    When you think of accidents at work, your mind automatically turns to mechanical problems on construction sites, people slipping on wet floors, tripping over loose wires or tumbling down the stairs.

    It’s only natural to mentally picture physical injuries being suffered at work, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that only physical problems can be claimed for.

    What other types of accidents at work, other than physical, can be claimed for?

    One type of claim that can be made that has no obvious physical manifestations yet is arguably equally, if not more so, damaging to the victim is a work related stress claim.

    This is a somewhat complicated area as employees are given the job on the understanding that their role and duties are manageable and that the person is able to cope with the standard, day to day pressures of work. If not, then the employer should be notified.

    However, in almost every working environment, situations and circumstances change and all organisations have a duty of care towards their employees.

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    What criteria do I need to meet for a work related stress claim?

    There are a number of boxes you will probably have to tick in order to make a successful work compensation claim following stress. These include:

    –  That you have a psychiatric illness or injury as acknowledged by medical professionals.

    –  That your work posed a genuine and substantial risk of causing the illness and that the employers knew, or at least were in a position where they ought to have known, that you were vulnerable to that risk.

    –  Reasonable steps to prevent or reduce the risk had not been taken

    –  This breach of duty either caused or contributed to the psychiatric injury.

    How hard is it to win a work related stress claim?

    Stress claims are notoriously hard to win. The lack of physical evidence makes it much more of an estimation both in terms of contributing factors and consequences. As an employee, it is vitally important that you:

    –  Raise concerns and complaints with your line manager, if necessary, do so regularly and ideally in writing. Paper trails cannot be refuted.

    –  Seek professional medical advice

    If you have suffered from an accident at work or another sort of personal injury, a call to Accident Advice Helpline can soon get you back on your feet as their team of experts take on your case on a no-win, no-fee* basis.

    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.