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Stress At Work And Your Right To Claim

Work-Related Stress and Bullying

Work-related stress and/or bullying can make daily life unbearable.  Suffering can make a person dread going to their place of vocation.  It can be so easy for superiors to brush off a victim of stress or bullying by concluding that they are ‘over-sensitive’ or ‘not up to the task’, ignoring the long-term harm these work-related situations can cause.

Being a victim of work-related stress or bullying is not your fault.

How serious a problem is stress?

According to a ‘Labour Force Survey’ carried out by the Government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2010/11 there were approximately 400,000 reported cases of work-related stress in the UK, accounting for over a third of all work-related illnesses. Health, education, public administration and social work were the sectors that most frequently reported the work-related issue of stress, but it stress can affect anyone in any job, given the right (or wrong) circumstances.

Bullying

One of the most devastating causes of workplace stress is bullying and the problem can be so serious it deserves to be discussed separately.  Workplace bullying can and does happen in all professions and at all levels.

Bullying can be defined as “Persistent, offensive, abusive, intimidating or insulting behaviour, abuse of power, or unfair punishment which upsets, threatens and/or humiliates the recipient(s), undermining their self-confidence, reputation and ability to perform.” Bullying at work:  How to tackle it. A guide for MSF representatives and members: MSF 1995

Workplace bullying can shatter the victim’s self-confidence, to a point where their self-esteem is affected for many years after they leave the position in which they were bullied in.  Some individuals have even taken their own lives as a result of unrelenting torment in the workplace.

No workplace should aid, abet or tolerate bullying. If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts because of the stress brought on by bullying then please contact your doctor immediately.

If your workplace is aware that you are being subjected to bullying and does nothing to prevent the situation you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Our legal professionals can offer you confidential, empathetic advice and guidance on how you can go about making a claim.  We understand that you may have found it extremely distressing to even acknowledge that you have been a victim of workplace bullying and we will work with you in a compassionate, patient manner in order to obtain you the compensation you deserve.

How do I know if I am suffering from work-related stress?

Stress is not always easy to define, but it can have a profound negative impact on your health and well being, particularly when left unchecked. Common symptoms include:

  • Constant irritability
  • Change in eating habits (eating too much or too little)
  • Difficulty sleeping or staying awake
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Chest pains

Work-related stress can also be a trigger for other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, and medical conditions including high blood pressure.

All employers are required to take reasonable measures to protect their workers from suffering from stress. If they have failed in their duty of care to you in this respect then you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Am I’m entitled to compensation for stress at work?

If you’ve just had a busy day of deadlines and are a little on edge, it is unlikely that you have a valid claim for work-related stress. But if the stress is regular, constant and directly related to your work or working environment then you may have a valid claim for workplace stress.

We will not waste your time.  Our experience will assist us in being able to advise you quickly as to whether or not you may be entitled to compensation based on the facts of your case.

Stress-free claims with ‘no win, no fee’ solicitors

When you call Injury Lawyers 4U, we’ll work with you to build a strong case for your compensation claim. We have helped countless people in similar positions to yourself, and our expert injury lawyers will handle your claim every step of the way, ensuring that you’re not subjected to further stress due to making a claim.

For honest and realistic advice about making a claim for work-related stress, contact Injury Lawyers 4U on 0800 221 8888. Alternatively, fill in our quick contact form and we’ll contact you at a time that’s appropriate for you.