If you dread going into work because you’re being picked on, expected to do too much or you are being harassed; or maybe you have been signed off sick with stress – DO NOT suffer in silence when you are been treated unfairly – we could get you stress at work compensation
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Michael Lewin Solicitors are experts in dealing with stress at work claims and employment claims. We have an enviable reputation for taking employers to task and holding them accountable for their actions.
For expert legal advice on stress related illness in the workplace, call our stress team on 0113 200 9787, email them via firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our contact form and we’ll get back in touch with you.
We are Members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and are able to offer expert advice on all potential claims you may have against your employer, in both the Employment Tribunal and Civil Courts.
When it comes to work related stress claims, we act for clients suffering with serious mental illness including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders, we also work with Trade Unions to help their members.
We will always conduct an initial assessment of your claim for free and usually help you under a no win, no fee agreement.
The Health and Safety Executive estimates that absence due to stress at work costs the UK economy in the region of £5-7 billion pounds per year.
This is almost double the figure from 2006 and it continues to rise, due mainly to businesses pushing their employees harder in trying to improve productivity.
Work related stress claims (also known as Occupational Stress) are notoriously difficult to manage, but Michael Lewin Solicitors are experts in this difficult area of law and are very successful in recovering damages for clients who have suffered long term psychiatric injury as a result of their employment.
We understand the nature and severity of psychiatric illness and our expert team can advise you of your options in confidence and with a commitment to fully understanding the ordeal you have been through.
Categories of ‘symptoms’ or ‘behaviour’
There are numerous causes of stress whilst at work but broadly the claims often fall into the following categories:
- Excessive Workload (causing Stress)
- Bullying and Harassment
- Sexual Harassment
- Breach of Contract (including Breach of Internal Procedures)
- Unfair treatment
- Ridiculous targets or demands
- Race discrimination
When you claim with us, it will be supported by our delegated authority After the Event insurance scheme which means that it claiming is entirely risk free for you.
We strongly believe that nationally there is insufficient support or understanding for individuals suffering with psychiatric injury and we are therefore at the forefront of encouraging a change in perception towards mental ill health.
We can even put you in touch with counsellors that are specifically trained to provide you with the very best support (just let us know if you would like some contacts from us).
Stress At Work – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
How do I know if I have got a claim for compensation for stress at work?
In order to win a work related stress claim you must prove that your employer has breached their duty of care and caused you to suffer a recognised psychological injury. We will try to help you with this aspect.
There are various common law and statutory regulations which place an employer under a duty to protect their employees from the risk of suffering psychological illness as a result of their employment.
It must also be proven that you have suffered an injury as a result of the employers’ negligence and/or breach of statutory duty. Medical evidence will be required to support this allegation.
What damages will I recover?
In any claim for workplace stress, it is possible to seek to recover damages for all injuries and losses incurred as a result of an injury caused during the course of your employment.
These damages may include, but not limited to:
- Personal Injury
- Care and Assistance
- Treatment Costs
- Past and Future Loss of Earnings
- Loss of opportunity on the open labour market (Smith v Manchester award)
- Loss of Pension
- Travel Costs
- Loss of Bonus
If you have a work related stress claim, you will receive 65% of the compensation we obtain on your behalf.
Is a stress claim different to an Employment claim?
Yes. Stress claims and employment tribunal claims are two distinct areas of law and there are very different evidential burdens in each type of case.
A claim for stress is a claim for personal injury and all associated losses which is pursued in the County Court or High Court. Employment claims are pursued in the Employment Tribunal.
Damages in personal injury claims are based on your injuries together with all treatment costs, past and future loss of earnings and all other losses.
Whereas damages awarded in an employment tribunal are based on the type of employment claim you may have. Please see our employment legal services for further advice in this regard.
Can I pursue both a Stress at work claim and an Employment Claim?
There is a significant overlap between stress at work claims and employment claims – in some cases you can pursue both an employment claim and a stress claim simultaneously although this can create difficulties.
If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination then you may have to choose either to pursue a stress or an employment claim (as the employment tribunal can award damages for personal injuries in discrimination cases).
Our expert advisors can advise you which route may be better for you to pursue according to the issues in your particular case.
Can I still make a claim if my illness was some time ago?
If you are 18 years old or over, you are entitled to make a claim provided you do so within three years of the date that you realised you have suffered an injury as a result of stress whilst at work.
If your claim for personal injuries arises out of acts of harassment contrary to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 then you are able to pursue a claim up to six years after the actions which amounted to harassment.
The date by which you must pursue compensation for personal injuries in claims for stress is extremely complicated and our expert advisors would be willing to advise you on a case by case basis.
However due to the complex nature of stress claims, we highly recommend that you seek expert legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity.
Workplace Stress – Useful Resources
Below is a useful list of charities and resources that can give you advice on dealing with stress related illness.
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/low-mood-stress-anxiety.aspx – NHS Services for Stress, Depression and Anxiety
http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/ – Health and Safety Executive – Workplace Stress – Together we can Tackle it
http://www.ticcs.co.uk/ – The Injury Care Clinics
http://www.rethink.org/ – Mental Health Charity Rethink
http://www.depressionalliance.org/ – Mental Health Charity Depression Alliance
http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ – Mental Health Foundation
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If you think you might have a compensation claim, but you’re not too sure, or just not sure what you should do next, then get in touch with us. We can help you make sense of the whole situation you are in and suggest the best way forward for you – free of charge.