Can I claim a personal injury for stress at work?
Many occupations are stressful and as financial pressures continue to impact on many families in the UK, some people may be feeling that they have to stay in highly-stressful occupations when they are actually not coping at all. Stress is a part of everyday life and a certain amount of stress is not harmful and can even be beneficial. It is challenging and stimulating.
Nevertheless, uncontrolled work-related stress can be very destructive and affects a worker’s health and well-being. Some people feel so damaged by stress that they are considering making a claim for compensation and are asking Can I claim a personal injury for stress at work?
One way to find out the answer to this question is to contact the law firm Accident Advice Helpline. They have a team of personal injury lawyers who are highly-trained and experienced in making claims for stress at work. You may be feeling very overwhelmed psychologically and are thinking How can I claim a personal injury for stress at work? Here are some questions you may be asking at this time..
Can I claim a personal injury for stress at work? The facts..
What exactly is stress?
Stress is what you feel when you are under excessive mental or emotional pressure. People’s reaction to stress is different. If the stress is caused by your home life then you will have to find ways of reducing it or coping with it. If it is caused by your work situation then you employer has a duty to safeguard your health – and that includes your mental health.
What are the symptoms of stress?
Stress causes many different symptoms in different people because we are all different. Effects can include:
- Feeling anxious
- Feeling irritable
- Sleeping problems
- Loss of appetite
- Low self esteem
- Muscle tension
- Digestive problems
- High blood pressure
Can I claim a personal injury for stress at work if I’m only part-time?
Stress can affect people working at all levels. It does not just affect certain tiers of employees or only those working full-time. It affects manual workers, doctors, nurses, shop workers and tradesmen. No occupation is immune and people in any occupation can be left asking Can I claim a personal injury for stress at work?
Is there anything that an employer can do to help employee stress?
Yes there is. There are management standards for controlling stress in the workplace. They set out six areas of work designed to control stress. They are:
- Demands – includes workload, work environment and work patterns.
- Control – how much the person feels that they are in control of their work. Feeling out of control is linked to feeling stressed.
- Support – this can be by way of encouragement or resources and is provided by the work organisation as a whole, the line manager or colleagues. A worker who feels well supported does not feel so stressed.
- Relationships – positive working relationships are crucial.
- Role – the worker must fully understand their role and roles should not be conflicting.
- Change – can be stressful if it is not managed correctly.
Why not give the team a call today on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to find out if Accident Advice Helpline can help with your compensation claim.
Date Published: 30th May 2013
Author: David Brown