Work Related Stress – How Much Can I Claim?

We all experience stress from time-to-time, and it is even believed that a small amount of stress is healthy. However, excessive amounts of stress can have a seriously detrimental impact on the body and mind. If this has happened due to your experience at work, it is likely that you will be entitled to stress at work compensation. Work-related stress is not something you should simply accept. This is something that we can help you to secure here at Advice.co.uk. You will find our contact details at the end of the guide and here – 0161 696 9685 but first, make sure you read on to discover everything you need to know about how to prepare a claim for work related stress.

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Your Guide To Work Related Stress Compensation Claims

Work related stress compensation claims guide

Work related stress compensation claims guide

All employers owe their workforce a duty of care, meaning they should provide a safe and healthy workplace and they need to have your wellbeing in mind. If your employer has failed to do this, and your working environment has caused unnecessary stress, you could be entitled to work related stress compensation. In this guide, we will reveal everything you need to know about making this sort of claim. This includes details on what to do if suffering stress at work, common causes or reasons for claiming, the average stress work compensation payouts, and much more. We will also explain the employer duty of care you are entitled to.

What Is Stress In The Workplace?

This is a physical and psychological health condition, which is caused by an individual’s job role and work environment. This condition can cause the individual to experience problems with regards to their everyday life; not just their work life. It can cause feeling unhappy all of the time and this can spiral out of control, having an extremely negative impact on the individual’s mental health.

Work Related Stress Compensation Calculator

One thing you will want to know is how much compensation you will get for making a claim. We do not recommend using a personal injury claims calculator, as they are not very accurate, even if you have come across a work related stress compensation calculator. We have put information together for you in the table below. If you cannot find the injury you have suffered, please do not hesitate to give us a call for further clarity.

InjurySeverityNotesAmount
Psychiatric damageLess SevereShort-term, minor incidents of stress.£1,440 to £5,500
Psychiatric damageModerateCases of work-related stress may fall within this category if symptoms are not prolonged.£5,500 to £17,900
Psychiatric damageModerately severeCases of work-related stress resulting in a permanent or long-standing disability preventing a return to comparable employment would appear to come within this category.£17,900 to £51,460
Psychiatric damageSevereSerious long-term effect on the individual's quality of life£51,460 to £108,620

What Can My Work Related Stress Claim Include?

It is important to have an understanding of what you can claim for when making this type of personal injury claim. This includes: general damages and special damages.

General damages

This relates to the payout you will receive for the stress that you have experienced. This will be determined using the report that has been put together by a doctor and potentially your therapist too.

Special damages

This relates to the money you will receive to cover the money you have had to spend for things relating to your injury. This could be…

  • Loss of income,
  • Care costs
  • Counselling expenses
  • Childcare costs
  • Travel expenses

Establishing Whether Your Stress Was Caused By Your Workplace

This is one of the most difficult elements when it comes to making this type of claim. This is because there are various psychological conditions which have symptoms that are almost identical to stress. Depression is a prime example of this. Although stress and depression share very similar symptoms, they are two completely different illnesses. Depression may not be caused because of the workplace. However, stress in the workplace could lead to depression, which makes matters confusing, to say the least. This highlights the importance to have a medical examination.

Armed Forces Personnel Work Related Stress Claims

It probably does not come as any surprise that working in the Armed Forces is a career that is among the most common around the world to cause stress. You can make a claim via the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), and which is an area we have experience in and can help you with. A lot of people think that the known risks associated with signing up to the Armed Forces mean they cannot claim stress at work compensation in the UK for stress, but this cannot be further from the truth. The Armed Forces are still an employer, and therefore, they need to comply with the Health and Safety legislation in place.

Emergency Services Work Related Stress Claims

Another type of stressful job is working for the Emergency Services, whether the Ambulance Service, Fire Brigade, or Police Force. Unlike the AFCS mentioned above, there has not been a government body that has been established for these sorts of claims. Therefore, they are handled and processed just like any other workplace claim would be, which is why using our help comes highly recommended.

Self Employed And Contract Employee Work Related Stress Claims

A lot of people assume that they will not be able to make a claim if they are not employed directly by a business. Again, this is not the case. It does not stop you from making a claim against the company in question for any stress caused. Sometimes you do not have to work directly for the company to have a claim against them. Any contract worker or freelancer that works for a single business over a long period of time may be regarded as being employed directly by the organisation. It depends on the facts of the individual case.

What Is My Employers Duty Of Care?

By law in the UK, all employers owe their workers a duty of care. This means that they have to provide a safe and healthy working environment. In terms of stress, this means they must take precautions to make sure that employees aren’t as prone to experience stress while at work. It also means that they must look out for causes of stress in the workplace and make an effort to remove them.

Considerations For Employee Mental Health And Safety

As discussed in the previous section, it is imperative that every business owner in the UK complies with the HSE regulations which are in place. This does not only include the general Health and Safety regulations but it also includes any regulations pertaining to the industry you work in. You should be able to find all of the laws with ease via the UK Government website. We can also shed further light on this too if you give us a call.

What Should You Do If You Suffer From Work Related Stress?

Suffering from stress at work

Suffering from stress at work

As mentioned earlier, seeing a doctor is imperative if you are to make a claim, as you will need to be diagnosed with stress. Aside from this, you need to make sure you report this condition to your employer.  Therefore, communicate with your safety executive or your employer to ensure that the injury is correctly reported in the book.

Common Causes Of Work Related Stress

There are many different reasons why a person could suffer stress from work. This includes all of the following…

  • An uncomfortable work environment
  • Bad management chain and weak management
  • Bad corporate culture
  • Abuse from work colleagues
  • Worrying about job security
  • Being promoted above your capabilities
  • Inadequate training or experience
  • Lack of support
  • Too much guidance
  • Low workload
  • High workload

This is just a handful of the different reasons why you may be feeling stressed. If the cause of your stress has not been featured in the list above, please do not panic, as you will still be able to claim.

Advice On Dealing With Stress And Anxiety

There are a number of different approaches you can take in order to deal with stress. This includes the following…

  • Listen to an anxiety control audio guide
  • Download some mindfulness and relaxation apps
  • Use calming breathing exercises
  • Try mindfulness
  • Use time management techniques
  • Make sure you get enough sleep
  • Eat healthily
  • Take some regular exercise
  • Take a holiday or a break
  • Make some more time for your hobbies and interests
  • Share your problems with friends or family

Time Limits For Stress And Anxiety Claims

Please refer to the table below to determine the personal injury claims time limit for your case.

CircumstancesTime limit
Workplace stress3 years from the date on
which the claimant first believed he/
she was suffering from stress

How To Begin A Work Related Stress Compensation Claim

When you have sustained an injury the first thing you need to do is see a doctor. Of course, it is imperative to make sure you get the proper treatment for your injuries. Nonetheless, it is also important when it comes to making your accident claim. You may not be able to make a claim if you have not seen a medical professional, as there will be no proof of your injury.

Once you have done this, the next thing you should do is make sure you report the incident to your employer. This is extremely important. All employers are required to have an accident book by law. The incident must be recorded in this. Moreover, it will help your case to show you have handled everything above board and of course, a quick and smooth case is exactly what you want when making an accident claim for compensation for stress and anxiety against your employer.

We are a company set up to help those who have any kind of personal injury claim – such as work related stress. We have successfully helped thousands and thousands of personal injury victims. All of the stress at work compensation claim solicitors we can provide clients with work on a No Win, No Fee basis, so give us a call today and we will match you to one for your case.

No Win No Fee Work Related Stress Compensation Claims

According to the news, the recession is long gone. However, many families all over the country are still feeling the damning effects of the poor economic climate. Not to mention, living costs seem to be rising by the day. Because of this, there are thousands of people who overlook the possibility of claiming when they suffer stress at work in Scotland, Wales or England. They immediately dismiss the idea because they are worried about the extortionate fees that are traditionally associated with law services. Nevertheless, a No Win, No Fee stress at work claim is the ideal solution for you. With no upfront fees and no risk, you can’t possibly go wrong. This means that you are not going to need any money to start your claim because you will only pay legal fees if compensation for stress at work is successfully secured.

At Advice.co.uk, we only provide No Win, No Fee solicitors, and so we have the ideal solution for you. You don’t need any money to start your claim, as our advice is completely free. You will speak to an experienced personal injury advisor who will tell you the chances of your personal injury claim being a success. If they believe your case is a strong one, they shall take care of all of the hard work for you, matching you to someone who can fight the claim for you. Our professional, friendly and efficient service, will ensure that the experience is as stress-free as possible for you. Plus, you have the added peace of mind that you will only pay for the solicitors’ service if it is a successful one.

Why Claim Compensation With Advice.co.uk?

Discover your chances of a successful work related stress claim with Advice.co.uk. We will match you to a solicitor to ensure you have the highest chance of your case being a successful one. Read on to learn more…

No Win, No Fee

There is only one place to begin and this is with the fact that we will match you to a No Win, No Fee solicitor. You won’t need any money to start your claim, and you will only pay for the solicitors’ service if it is a successful one. We recognise that the stress of an accident is already too much, without having to worry about the financial risk you could experience if your work related stress claim goes wrong, and so this is why we only work with No Win, No Fee solicitors.

Credible and Experienced

When working with Advice.co.uk, you know you are working with a company you can trust. We have successfully helped thousands and thousands of victims since. All of our staff are friendly and experienced. Moreover, we have expertise in numerous accident types – from road traffic accidents to trips and slips. If you browse online, you will see that our customers have been more than happy with the service we have provided.

Free Legal Advice Helpline

Last but not least, when using Advice.co.uk, you can take advantage of our advice at no charge to you. You will speak to one of our friendly and helpful advisors. They will tell you about the claim process and will provide you with any answers you require regarding your case specifically. The process of making a claim is really easy. All you need to do is follow the three steps below.

Contact our team by email, phone, or post.Our team will assess your claim.Once you are ready, we can then start your claim.

Contact Us

If you are ready to make a claim, all you need to do is give us a call on 0161 696 9685 and one of our experienced advisors will happily answer any of your queries or concerns.

Advice And Work Related Stress Resources

How to understand stress – An NHS guide regarding stress.

HSE Stress – What the HSE says about stress.

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