You can make a stress claim against your employer if you are suffering from a stress-related illness brought on at work, or if you believe that your employer has created or ignored workplace conditions leading to, or increasing your, stress.
Stress at work, unfortunately, is commonplace. However, if an employer has not paid particular attention to their duty of care to create a safe working environment, and this has led to workers suffering stress-induced illnesses, bullying, and harassment, this is illegal.
Stress at work
Stress can develop at work by not receiving appropriate support, motivation, or communication from management. For example, you may have felt increased pressure over a problematic, difficult task that has been poorly planned and had inadequate resources allocated by senior management. You felt isolated, alone, working excessive hours to overcompensate for the lack of support, and eventually found yourself becoming stressed, unwell, and signed off work, perhaps for good, because you couldn’t cope.
Maybe you suffered stress from bullying or harassment, having been intimidated, offended, or victimised in the workplace.
You can make a stress claim against your employer for all of the above, as they are accountable and liable for what happens in the workplace.
What proof will you need?
You need to provide proof of psychiatric or physical injury, that it is a result of your employer breaching their duty of care, examples of their failings, and that your employer knew or should have known about the health risks involved.
For bullying and harassment, you will also need proof that the perpetrator knew, or ought to have known, that their actions would cause injury to you, and reasonable steps could have been taken to avoid your injury.
Call Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a personal injury claim for stress caused by your employer. We are a specialist law firm, accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, championed by TV personality Esther Rantzen, and are experts in injury compensation, having worked on a 100% no win no fee basis for over a decade.
Call our telephone centre, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone, to speak to our highly skilled, understanding advisers in confidence for expert advice about your stress claim and eligibility.
With Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second test, you’ll have an estimated value of your claim whilst on the line, so pick up the phone to find out more about your stress claim against your employer.
Date Published: 28th June 2014
Author: Jan Newell