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Occupational Stress Compensation Claims

Medically known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This diagnosis can be caused by a myriad of mental, physical or emotional stress whilst at work.  It can also be caused because of a particular situation occurring such as a tragic event or circumstance.

If the demand on an individual to meet deadlines are too high and they find their work load is too much for the time they have been given to complete it by, then this will lead to them having a physiological problem which could strain physically as well as mentally.

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Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 your previous or current employer may not of been following the act accordingly which may means you are entitled to compensation. Situations in the workplace which lead to employees becoming stressed in the are:

  • Excessive work load
  • Working long hours
  • Relationships with other employees
  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Lack of opportunities
  • Not been provided a safe working environment

Do you suffer from Occupational Stress?

In such situations where one is stressed due to the pressure from work, they are entitled to occupational/workplace stress compensation claims. However, the victim must prove that their employer owed them a duty of care. They must also prove that the employer breached the care duty and that the actual breach of duty caused a recognised psychiatric injury. The employee claiming compensation must prove that the related injury was predictable. An injury is determined to be predictable if the victim gave an earlier warning concerning the injury. It must also be obvious to the employer that failure to intercede, a psychiatric injury would occur.

If you feel as though you currently suffer from stress or have done in a previous job then you may be entitled to compensation. If you get in touch with our professional team on 0800 699 0079 and explain your case then our team can use their expert knowledge to seek compensation for yourself. We aim to deal with your claim promptly and look to seek the result you are entitled to.

Occupational Stress Symptoms

There are 3 signs of stress’ which can have related illnesses.

Physical Symptoms

They include fainting, skin irritation and rashes, chest pains, palpitations, nausea, indigestion, tiredness, breathlessness. Some of these symptoms can be related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Emotional Symptoms

These are the most common symptoms and the include nervousness, mood swings, lack of confidence, tension, lack of self-esteem, anxiety and many more

Behavioural Symptoms

They include insomnia, poor job delivery, prone to frequent accidents, overeating, impaired speech, increased smoking and drinking, poor time management, among others.

Once you detect these symptoms in you, you will need to visit your therapist, who will be able to notice all the possible changes in you. Through counselling by the therapist, or visiting your doctor for any change in your blood sugar will let you know if you are under stress. When you have confirmed that you are having occupational stress, you will need to commence legal processes

How Much Compensation Can You Claim for Occupational Stress At Work?

Normally, there is no any default amount of compensation in work-related stress. The compensation will vary according to the agreement terms with your solicitor or the type of stress. It will also be determined by the type of injury caused to you by the related stress. Nevertheless, where a work-related stress has been proven and it is confirmed to have caused a certain damage, the range of compensation will be between £12,000 and £36,000 in damages.

You will stand eligible to be compensated every damage caused, as well as medical bills or any other expense met in the course of the stress claim. The total costs can be higher, depending on the charges.

 How to make a claim for occupational stress at work?

When you feel that you are undergoing work-related stress, you will first need to inform someone about it. You will be required to discuss the matter with the relevant authority in your workplace and make an official report. The report may be a relevant document to use in the future in case you need it as evidence. According to your workplace rules, report the claim in either writing or the required way. The forms must be filled within 60 days of the injury claim. Following the rules of your workplace will ensure that your rights are fully protected.

Once everything is recorded, you will be needed to seek for a competent solicitor, who will commence your legal case. The solicitor might ask for every supporting document that shows your employer is the cause of your stress. If there is no enough supporting evidence, you might lose the case. Therefore, ensure that you have every detail and paperwork that proves the employer being responsible for the psychiatric injury.

How long until I can claim compensation for occupational stress at work?

The claim length will depend on a number of factors that relate to your case. First off, there must be a solid psychiatric evidence to fully support your case. There must also be an analysis of the medical records that prove that you are injured. The process of evidence is what makes the compensation period lengthy. If your factors related to the claim are clear enough and the other party admits that they are liable for the injuries caused, the claim process will compensate immediately. Prior to proceeding with a claim, you must ensure that you have enough evidence with you and your solicitor must prove that your injuries are closely related to your job opportunity. Never proceed to claim for compensation if you do not have enough evidence, lest you end up wasting your time and resources.

Occupational/work related stress compensation claims are mainly dependent on the evidence provided by a victim. The stronger your evidence, the more likely you will win your compensation. The advantage of a no win, no fee solicitor is that you will not feel any pain even if you lose your case. You will only pay the solicitor when you have won your compensation.

Where Can I Find Out More Information?

You can access multiple information here about the claims for your occupational stress compensation, however, for more information, visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/index.htm

References & Places of Interest for Stress

Seek legal advice on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 for more information and receive possible compensation. Tylers Solicitors work on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement and are always available to answer any of your questions.

 

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