Compensation claims for stress at work

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Certain jobs can place heavy burdens of stress on an employee. Some are inherently stressful, such as high-pressure roles in the emergency services, but even relatively easy jobs have their moments.

In the eyes of many people, stress itself is a ‘nothing’ illness and simply a convenient excuse to avoid work. However, the health problems caused by severe stress (such as anxiety, fatigue, lack of sleep, nausea, weight loss and loss of appetite) can be debilitating and have serious consequences. Further connections are seen with work-related depression and other psychological illnesses, all of which can have a factor in compensation settlements.

Employer responsibilities to reduce stress

All employers have a duty of care towards the health of their staff, which includes the prevention of stress-related illnesses. They must ensure that as much assistance, training, support and guidance is offered to staff as possible, so that stress at work can be avoided. If they don’t, they may be held liable should an employee pursue a claim against them.

In most cases, the employer is first placed on notice of concerns about potential damage to the health of an employee, as a result of the working conditions that the employee is being placed under. This gives the employer an opportunity to make alterations to the working conditions so that the cause of stress can be removed.

If an employer has been made aware of the problems, but has failed to take any action to reduce the risks to their employees’ health, they are likely to be liable for the stress-related illness suffered by an employee, should they pursue a claim for compensation.

Can you claim compensation?

If stress has left you unable to work, you may be wondering how to cope with a loss of wages and perhaps whether claiming compensation is an option.

The short answer to this question is yes, you can claim personal injury compensation for stress at work. More precisely, for the health problems it causes. However, you can only do so if the stress-related illness is severe enough to warrant making a claim and a medical diagnosis has been made.

There’s no black and white definition of what constitutes stressful work, as we’re all affected differently in a variety of situations. It boils down to ‘what is a personal injury‘ and an understanding of the same. Psychological health is treated the same as physical health, and therefore damage to your psychological well-being through stress is, in effect, a personal injury.

If a genuine stress-related illness, caused by the conditions under which an employer has made you work, could be described as a personal injury, and if it can be shown that your stress is down to employer negligence, you have a very good chance of successfully claiming personal injury compensation. To find out more about what’s involved, I’d recommend reading our ultimate guide to claiming accident at work compensation.

Causes of stress-related illness

Typical working conditions that can lead to stress-related illness are:

  • Bullying and harassment. This is defined by the government as behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended. This can include unfair treatment, being picked on, undermined or blocked for progression, whether face-to-face, by letter, email or phone. Similarly, abuse, threats or excessive demands will lead to a stressful environment.
  • Lack of support. If an employee is not given adequate support, assistance or guidance, they may well lack confidence, feel overwhelmed and under too much pressure.
  • Workload. There is only so much work that any one person can undertake. If an employer is placing unrealistic demands on an employee, forcing them to work long hours, for example, stress-related illness is a likely outcome.
  • Denial of employee rights. The rights of workers in the United Kingdom are enshrined in law, such as the right to rest periods, breaks and annual leave. If an employer denies these rights to their workers, they can be stressed and have low morale.

What action should you take?

Employees also have rights when they are injured physically or psychologically at work. For many people suffering stress at work, sorting out the situation informally would be the first step. If this isn’t possible, you can talk with your manager, HR department or trade union. If that doesn’t work, you can make a formal complaint to your employer. And if that doesn’t work, you should get some expert advice to see if you can take legal action and claim compensation.

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  1. Barcelos

    I am responsible for large groups reservations and have no support in doing so. The last situation I had to Change de billing instructions in more than 500 reservations in a group of 800 guests. This was done on the last 4 hours of a 14hours shift where I stopped only for a 30mins lunch. Out of these 14hours I’m only paid 8. I made a mistake in 70 reservations and because of that the hotel did not charged a total of 29k to the guests. I’m am now deeply stressed. Alot of colleagues also didn’t noticed the mistake which made the situation worse and I’m now being told that these 29k are on me and if the director finda out I Will probably lose my job. I have told several times in the last to my managers that I had too much workload and that I was feeling that I was under a lot of stress. I have panic attacks constantly and I can’t sleep at night. I would like to know what are my options? I feel that the amount of stress I ‘m under is too much, specially since I’m receiving £9 per hour and not being paid for any overtime.

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    • Ian Morris

      If you believe that the expectations placed upon you by your employer are unreasonable and causing you stress, anxiety and to feel overwhelmed, it is vitally important that you report your concerns to them in writing. You should outline the issues you face, especially noting that you are seemingly expected to work 14 hours when you are only paid for 8 – therefore 6 hours unpaid. That is illegal.

      If you have already made written representations to your employer and they have ignored the issues you raise, you may well should consult with your GP regarding your anxiety, lack of sleep, panic attacks and stress. The GP is likely to sign you off for a while and you should then contact us to request a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return so that we can have our specialist Solicitor contact you to discuss your options.

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  2. Lisa

    I was mentally abused by a senior member at work. I have since left the position i loved. It was brought to my managers attention but i was told to just forget it. I am still suffering panic attacks and nightmares about this person. Iv been put on strong anti anxiety medication because of this. Is there anything I can do?

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    • Ian Morris

      You describe a scenario that could be seen as constructive dismissal – where you have left your place of work as you have effectively felt that you have no alternative given the employers actions or inaction. This type of issue would fall under employment law and you should make immediate contact with an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

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  3. May

    I am a young carer, I’m 19 years old and I am a mobile carer. I work with a specific client who is constantly aggressive toward me, I have told my manager I am uncomfortable working with this man as I fear for my life when I’m around him to which my manager shouted at me and forced me to go back. Today, this man trapped me in the living room and told me I wasn’t allowed to leave whilst I was on the phone to my manager, they were having a dispute via my phone which angered him further, he then got up and put his arm out to hit me to which I scurried out in tears. My manager brushed it off. I am now unable to sleep, I’ve been jumpy and emotional all day due to the trauma.

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    • Ian Morris

      It is important that you make a written report to your employer as to what has been happening and what your genuine concerns are. Whilst you have already made your Manager aware verbally, it is vital that you echo the verbal report in writing. You should also inform the employer immediately that your Manager has shouted at you and pressured you in to working in an environment that you are uncomfortable in.

      You should also speak with your GP regarding your state of health and seek some advice on that issue. If your employer fails to act on your written notice to them of the issues you face and your situation does not change, you should then contact us for a work related stress questionnaire so that you can complete and return one and then be put in touch with our expert specialist in this area who can advise you as to whether or not you can make a claim for compensation.

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  4. Deborah

    I was suspended with pay from work with no notice of meeting . I was held for 4 hours and then suspended i went the doctor as iv had a lot off stress apun me my daughtrt loss her partner and the work load i never took a day do i have to attend a displinary meeting when they ask as i font feel up to it

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    • Ian Morris

      This is an employment law issue and as such, it would be sensible for you to address this query to a specialist employment law firm.

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  5. Charles

    Hello in February this year i had a breakdown due to work stress caused by another employee, i was his manager i was off work for 4 weeks and still on medication but feel a lot better. He is a very abusive person who has previously been suspended for an issue with another employee. He has upset many other people here too. We have sat with HR on previous occasions and they promised me training on dealing with him but that never materialised. During my sickness leave I requested a meeting with my manager and HR and told them I could no longer be a manager. I didn’t name my tormentor but he was the only person i managed. When i came back to work my boss was very sympathetic and told me to ease myself back in, but i wanted to be as normal as possible. I was relieved of my duties as a manager but still had plenty of work. After about a month i got a tirade of abuse again ( witnessed) and my boss said i must report it to HR. They took absolutely no action. I witness every day this persons behaviour some people manage to bat it off but it is still causing upset. HR appear to still be taking no action although they know what he is like. I and my family have been through hell with this and i feel my company did not protect me from this and should be made to pay for this. I am not a flake and have faced some tough challenges in my life no problem, this breakdown surprised me completely guess your body decides it has had enough. Would i have a valid claim? Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe regarding the situation you have endured at your place of work and the fact that your employer is aware of this problem and has previously promised training that was never provided indicates that you may have a valid claim for work related stress.

      At this time, we can’t say for certain as to whether or not a claim would succeed, but this is certainly something we would be happy to help you find out more about. We work with a specialist partner firm who have sufficient expertise and experience in work related stress claims and we would like to help you present your claim enquiry to them in order that they could offer you qualified advice.

      If you would like to look further in to this, we’ll need you to complete a simple initial questionnaire regarding your situation. Once you’ve completed that and returned it to us, we would pass this over to the Solicitors so that they could contact you directly to discuss your situation in detail. Any work done on this for you would be by way of a No Win No Fee agreement so you would not face liability for costs if your claim were to fail.

      Please email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request the questionnaire from us

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      • Zaman

        It has been 1 and half year since I am working for my employer. I work 4 hours and 3o minutes daily from Monday to Friday. First 14 months , my employer didn’t give me any paid holiday. Because I inquired many times about my paid holidays so from may 2019, he started adding the paid holiday with my normal pay every month now. He also made me supply from permanent worker as I complaint about many things which he is unlawfully doing. For example, I can not track down my working hours when I get my payslip. as it never appears on my payslip. My employer told me, in terms of getting my salary dates , I need to email him every month so he will tell me and he told me for 3 months then he stopped even I have requested him many times. I get around £720 monthly, and my employer didn’t give me any sick leave after my miscarriage although I gave him my sick note from my GP. My employer also did some deductions from my salary without my knowledge and is not ready to tell me about that although I asked him many times ,why he took that money away from my salary without my consent. Also I receive my payslip after receiving my salary , not on the same day or before my salary in my bank account but always after few days I get online payslip. Please let me know what if I can file a case against him or not.

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        • Ian Morris

          Your employers actions do not appear to be legitimate or legal. However, we cannot advise on employment law matters as we are not experts in that arena. To that end, we would strongly recommend that you make immediate contact with an employment law specialist to discuss your situation.

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  6. Rachel

    My manager is a bully, he talks to everyone in a rude and aggressive manner, constantly putting me down, swearing and calling me names. As a long sufferer of anxiety and depression, I do not handle well in these types of environments and my mental health has definitely declined. I finally broke down after 9 months of this treatment and got an emergency doctors appointment, my medication was increased and I was signed off work for 2 weeks (Currently on day 2). I am unsure whether I wish to continue working for this employer and if I do decide to leave I may wish to seek advice on possibly claiming compensation for A) Loss of wages whilst off sick and B) The fact my mental health has declined as a direct result of the treatment I was receiving from a superior. Would this be enough grounds for compensation? I do not have any ‘evidence’ as such because the abuse I receive is inherently verbal.

    Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      Before you can take any action, you will need to establish some evidence. Of course, if someone is verbally abusive and acts in a bullying way towards you, it is hard to gain evidence of that. Therefore, you should immediately put your concerns about your treatment and your Managers behaviour to your employers in writing stating what he/she is saying, how it is impacting on you and how you are suffering. This will put the employer on notice of the problem and give them an opportunity to resolve the problem. If nothing changes and you continue to suffer the same trouble, you may then be able to pursue with a claim and be able to evidence your previous written report to the employer as having put them on notice of the problem.

      Employers must be made aware of issues/concerns in writing before a claim can proceed, otherwise they will simply claim that they did not know of the problem, nobody had reported it and that they could therefore not do anything.

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  7. Marie

    Hi.. I have endured months of abusive emails and txts from my employer which as resulted in me being signed off sick from my DR with work related stress. I have since received nasty emails from the boss. I have been signed off further and ive been told by the manager that he has told her when i return i am being demoted. Is this a case for work related injury?

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    • Ian Morris

      You may have a case for work related stress compensation. Given that there appears to be evidence available by way of the emails from your employer to corroborate the abuse you mention, that could help any claim.

      We work with a specialist firm who are able to advise and consider claims of such a nature. If you would like to look further in to this, the first thing you’d need to do is complete and return a work related stress questionnaire to us. On receipt of your completed questionnaire, we would pass that to our specialist partners and they would contact you directly to advise you from a qualified position. To request the questionnaire from us, please email justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting a questionnaire and we’ll send you one immediately.

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  8. Tiago

    Hi there, I do suffer from anxiety and also have history of panic attacks, on my health questionnaire at work I’ve mentioned all the above, I’ve been put a enormous amount of work and no enough staff on the shifts to work on my side, I work at a fast food environment and a do spend several hours dealing with customers, taking orders and make drinks, pack the food and serve it to the customer, because of the lack of staff on shifts and the service being really slow I do get a lot of bad words and comments from the customer, all of these situations get into my head and I am not being able to sleep a full night indoors get nightmares and my head is constantly thinking. The amount of stress I am going through is clearly visible, what could I do to stop this from happening as if I go to the doctor I will lose the working hours as he will give me time of work?

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    • Ian Morris

      It would be sensible to advise your employer in writing that you are struggling, feeling unsupported and overworked. You should ask them to facilitate some changes to allow you to reduce any symptoms. If that fails to benefit you in anyway, you could possibly make a claim for work related stress.

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  9. Tracey

    Hi I have been off with for the past 18 months going through a grievance procedure. I am off as a result of bullying and harassment which has caused work related stress and migraines. My employer has accepted that I had been bullied and apologised including accepting that the workload requests were too much. I was hoping as part of the process which have taken over a year to have my salary paid while I have been off as compensation for the damage caused, I did receive 6 months full 6 months half. However they have declined this and will tell me why at the return to work meeting. 6 months before I went off I’ll I spoke to the director of HR about feeling frightened and bullied by my line manager who was the Cheif operating officer of the organisation and is why it’s been so difficult, after I knew he was leaving I put in my grievance. Do you think I have a claim and what would be involved in the process since I have been through so much with the long grievance process that I need to give my migraines chance to stop.

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    • Ian Morris

      If you have not already done so, you could approach a Solicitor to assist you with a claim for compensation arising from work related stress and the impact upon your health caused by this. Whether or not you have a valid claim in the personal injury sector will need to be considered by an expert specialist in this area. We do work closely with such a firm and can assist you in making initial investigations with them. To do this, we have a simple questionnaire for you to complete and return that will enable you to provide the initial information needed. When we have that, we can hand it to our specialist partner firm and they would contact you directly to discuss your situation in detail and advise you whether you can pursue a personal injury claim or whether you need to seek alternative advice and look at a claim under employment law instead.

      Any work we/our partner firm were to do would be on a No Win No Fee basis. Therefore if we either couldn’t help you or if they tried and the claim failed, whilst you would of course be disappointed, you would face no liability for costs on your side or that of the defendants. If you were to succeed, you would contribute from any award you were to receive up to 25% of the settlement total.

      If you would like us to help you make further enquiries re a personal injury work related stress claim, please email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting a ‘stress at work’ questionnaire.

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  10. Lea

    I have been harassed and bullied at work. I raised my concerns with my team leader and then my manager and finally broke down in front of HR and was signed off work with work related stress. That was 7 weeks ago and still nothing has been done about the problem. I have been sent porn and anti Jewish texts from the bully as well as problems in work. I was told not to raise a grievance by my line manager and my team leader said I don’t want to get involved when I tried to show him a print out of what had been sent.
    I have sent emails to HR addressing the bullying they told me to fill in a stress risk assessment which I have done. I have never been made aware of our harassment and bullying procedures (it was mentioned in the stress risk assessment).
    I have the texts I was sent. I love my job but can’t work with that man again, I was too afraid to talk to him directly about it, so went to my manager. I explained his behaviour was becoming worrying and hoped that would be enough. It wasnt. He just said everyone knows what my co worker is like, but if it came down to it, I would be moved as my co worker ‘couldn’t survive anywhere else’.
    Do I have grounds for failing duty of care because I am now left with anxiety, depression and paranoia?

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    • Ian Morris

      Potentially, you do have grounds for a claim against your employer. Claims of this nature require expert consideration by a qualified specialist and we can present your enquiry to them in order that they can advise you properly.

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  11. Naomi

    I was involved in a car collision in March which left me with severe whiplash. My employer pressured me about returning to work. When i returned to work on light duties i became very stressed because my duties where heavy and i wasn’t given support nor where my employees informed that i should be on light duties. During this time i made a number of complaints about staff not helping and complaining putting me under extreme stress and my light duties were ignored. My symptoms worsened significantly causing me extreme nerve pain and having to have an MRI leaving me unable to work because of prolapsed disc. The doctor gave me a months sick note and my employer wasn’t happy. She started asking me questions about my contract saying she had lost it and didn’t give me a pay slip or pay the money owed for petrol and underpaid wages.
    I had to text constantly for the wages as I needed the money and now she has told me she cant process pay roll until I tell her whether my injury is related to car accident. I haven’t contacted her back as i find it too stressful and i’m wondering what I can do now as i am not comfortable with the whole situation.

    Any advice would be appreciated, Thank you

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need advice on two fronts here I would suggest. The first one is regarding a possible claim for compensation for the injuries caused in the road traffic accident in March. In this matter we can assist and help you on a No Win No Fee basis in terms of pursuing a claim for compensation against the driver who was at fault for the incident. This means that if we can’t help you or your claim were to fail, you would not face responsibility for any of the costs of the claims process – your Solicitors fees or those of the defendant insurers. If you were to succeed, you would contribute up to 25% of any compensation settlement made to you along with the possible cost of the After the Event insurance (ATE) policy – if your Solicitor needed to provide one for you (you may already be covered and we would investigate this for you – in which case you wouldn’t need any ATE cover).

      Regarding your injuries and your employers attitude, this may be something you wish to discuss with an employment law specialist. However, to put it simply, you could advise your employer that you were (as they know), injured in a Road Traffic Accident, but that the lack of support from the employer and their failure to provide you with light duties is the reason for the worsening of the symptoms and the need for the extended rest period.

      If you would like to discuss any of this with us, please do call us on 01225430285

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  12. Rachel

    Do you deal with claims for bullying for mental health

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  13. Rachel

    Hi is there a time limit into putting in a claim under mental health bullying

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not there is a specific legal limitation period for mental health issues such as that you describe we are unsure. What we are certain of is that for matters relating to personal injury compensation, the time limit for making a claim is 3 years from the date of the incident.

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  14. Jules

    How can I prove my manager is trying to
    Make life difficult for me

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    • Ian Morris

      If you believe that your Manager or any colleague is treating you unfairly, you should document any incident in writing and retain a diary of such incidents. You should also ensure that you have made written representations regarding your concerns to a senior Manager who can investigate your allegations. Potentially, you could take out a formal grievance against the individual too – however, you need to ensure you have some evidence to substantiate any claim and by making written reports of any incidents of unfair treatment or harassment by your Manager and reporting the concerns to the employer in writing beforehand would hopefully give you the best chance of resolving this issue in your favour.

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  15. Kev

    I have been signed off work for two months with work related stress.
    This is the second time in two years.
    In my appraisal in 2017 I mentioned I was struggling with the amount of work and was finding it hard to cope. I had a meeting with my area director which resulted in nothing changing.
    The company continued to put more work on me and then when my colleague (who they expected me to train) was on training courses at least twice a month I had to cover. This resulted in me having two months signed off with stress and anxiety.
    The only time I heard from my HR dept was a letter informing me they were going to stop my wages.
    When I returned to work nothing had changed. My work load in fact got worse.
    I mentioned on a number of occasions that I couldn’t cope.
    I even sent my line manager and copied my area director an e-mail informing them I was struggling with the workload.
    I used to have to cover other offices when staff were on holiday or off sick. I never had that help when I was off.
    I came back to a back log and when I mentioned it to my line manager, I was told to prioritise my work. Something I had been doing for the 40years I have been with the company.
    Then in Jan this year my colleague left and was not replaced. I was told that a replacement would happen at some stage.
    I once again said in my appraisal that the workload was too much.
    Again nothing happened except I was now expected to cover that position as well.
    In May this year I could no longer cope and went to my doctor who signed me off and I am still signed off.
    This has affected my health and my family life.
    I suffer from anxiety attacks. I don’t want to go anywhere where there are crowds.
    I have been referred to Health and Mind once again.
    I e-mailed my area director last week and have now heard from the H R dept offering me counselling.
    I told them that I dread and fear returning to work knowing that nothing will change and I will end up feeling totally let down and depressed.
    I am thinking of leaving the company or taking early retirement.
    This will affect me financially.
    Do you think I would be able to claim for loss of earnings through retiring early.
    My life offer the past three years has drastically changed. I have no confidence at all.
    Regards

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    • Ian Morris

      You appear to have taken the appropriate steps in terms of ensuring that your employer was made aware of your struggles and concerns in writing. This is important as should any claim follow, there is evidence to confirm that the employer was on notice that you were not happy and requested assistance.

      The way we can help is to have a specialist consider whether or not the situation you have described would enable you to succeed with a claim for work related stress. Such claims can be hard to succeed with and require specialist consideration. To this end, we do have a questionnaire that we can send to you to complete and return to us. On receipt of your completed questionnaire, we can hand this to our specialist who will be able to offer you advice regarding your individual situation.

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  16. Georgina

    I work on a military unit in the uk, I have a unsupportive line manager who has laughed at me when I asked for help, we have been working in a building with dangerous levels of asbestos for 2 years and currently working in a unserivable unearthed iso office which holds 4 people comfortably but it is cramped with 8 persons working in it, smoke has been seen coming from thd plugs. No area for breaks so myself and colleague have to sit in our cars, toilets and running water facilities are in another building, when it rains we have to sit in our cars to keep warm, my colleague has just been to he doctors and found out he has pneumonia from the cold conditions he has been put thought at work and I have been off work with stress and depression due to work and lack of support. We have no risk assessment of our area and asked daily to do jobs which are not in our terms of reference. I am finding it difficult to speak to the team about my health due to the lack care or support which I have never received. When we mention a problem we are told to man up, and we signed on the dotted line.

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    • Ian Morris

      The working environment you describe does not sound pleasant at all. Whether or not you can pursue a claim in this matter for the work related stress and depression is something that we can find out for you. We work with a specialist in this area and would ask you to complete and return an initial questionnaire so that we can present your claim to our Solicitor and they would then contact you to advise you as to whether or not you can pursue a claim in these circumstances.

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  17. Pauline

    I work for a wealth management company and have been signed off recently with work related stress.
    I have been there 12 months and have experienced, being screamed at by 2 Male directors in front of whole office.
    Constant pressure over worked, no help when I have asked, bad training.
    The final straw was 04.06.19 were another director was shouting at me in front of the whole office again, through his own error and nobody intervened , this has led to me breaking down , had a panic attack and shaking uncontrollably. I called in work the next day not being able to breath and vomiting crying, I went to my doctor and she has since signed me off with work related stress.
    My concern is no one has been in contact to see if am ok, am scared if I loose my job, and scared if I go back this with continue.
    I suffer with depression and have done for a number of years and take medication. What has been going on in work is making me ill.
    I need advice and help , if someone could email me or call me that would be very much appreciated.

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    • Ian Morris

      We do have a specialist Solicitor who can consider your enquiry and advise you as to whether or not you can make a claim for work related stress.

      We’ll send you an initial work related stress questionnaire to complete and return by email. When we get it back, we’ll pass the enquiry to the specialist and he’ll contact you directly to advise you as to whether or not we can help.

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  18. Nicola

    Can I claim
    Personal injury for stress I suffered whilst on a suspension from work even if no findings or recommendations were made on my employment contract and I’m due to return to work in 2 weeks ? If I accept a transfer to another care home within my company could I also claim or is it stopped if I accept changes ?

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    • Ian Morris

      You would not have a valid claim for work related stress if you were suspended legitimately. A legitimate suspension does not require that you are found guilty of any misconduct, as suspensions are used to provide space for both employer and employee to go through an investigation. Whilst that process can be stressful, it would not be negligent for the employer to use such a process, as long as they were acting legitimately.

      This issue and your comments about transferring to another home within the employers control are matters relating to employment law and no personal injury and as such, you should make contact with an employment law Solicitor to discuss this subject in more detail.

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  19. Michael

    I’m working in the retail sector,and in October last year my company moved me to a retail outlet in my home town,I did say I didn’t want this,but was forced in there as they had no one local to do it,over the months dealing with your typical kids stealing and shouting abuse at me,I have found it hard.But more so when I have been on my day off,in my Local town and have been spotted by Teenagers who come into my store,and shout abuse at me across the street,even when I’m with company.The abuse is very threatening also,threats to stab me,kill my family to name two.Every day is a hard task for me and I don’t even want to go to work,but I know I need too as I need money,but I feel I’m always looking over my shoulder it’s makingme sick,also I have suffered from Depression in the past,and I feel it coming back to haunt me,I have trouble sleeping also.I have spoken to my Boss who has never tried to move me,also have spoken to HR Twice with nothing done at all,I’m at my wits end with it all.Please guide me on what I can doo thankyou

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    • Ian Morris

      The key thing is to make sure that you put your worries and wish to transfer to a new store to your employer in writing. Relying on verbal conversations is no use as they can be ignored and you can’t prove that they have happened.

      You should make immediate written representations to your employer requesting a move to a different location for the reasons you have stated here. You should advise them of your previous health issue and your concerns that this is returning and that if nothing is done, you may be left unfit for work. If the employer then does nothing about it, you could look at whether or not you can claim work related stress compensation.

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      • Michael

        Thankyou Ian,I will certainly get the Letter for Requesting a Transfer in writing to head office

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  20. Shelby

    I was working in care home as an activities coardinator , they made me feel as if I wasn’t good enough for the job and gave the lead role to someone else , they tried to put me in care and I explained I’d lost my father in tragic circumstances wher I had found his body after 3 wks and was haunted about it , they give me s job one to one with a resident working 12 hours shifts , they soon took me off this shift and put me back into the wards ( not the job I’d been contracted for ) they were quite volatile and hit me a couple of times , this was all reported and got told the just didn’t understand , this resulted in me having two miscarriages while at work , was sent home for an hour as they were short and made me return to work for the night shift , this all just triggered my anxiety , depression , ptsd , ocd and hypochondriac all diagnosed , when I spoke to management they told me if I didn’t like it I could leave , I had to go off sick after this as I had s breakdown and was suicidal , they still keep asking me to come in want my doctors records I wouldn’t mind but nothing is confidential there , it would be around the nursing home before I got home , two jobs came up in the mean time , one in the kitchen , one my old job in activities which was my job that got taken away , and the refused , I explained I couldn’t work with patients on end of life as it held my triggers and made my mental health worse , where I was told to man up and get over it , I just feel I couldn’t never go back to work there , or anywhere at the moment as they brought me down to the shell of a person I was and didn’t receive duty of care after the death of my babies and my mental health , I’m sorry for such long story , if you help me whether this is classed as constructive dismissal or where they are bullies who have ruined my life

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may have a valid claim for work related stress compensation. You’ll need to complete and return one of our initial questionnaires so that we can have our expert in this area contact you directly regarding this.

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  21. Jane Baldwin

    Hi I had a heart attack at work whilst discussing my concerns with my manager after they refused to take my concerns seriously for months prior. They were changing my agreed times of work though these were agreed prior due to my heart arrhythmias without notice. They were treating me less favourably also. Giving me 5 late shifts in one week; leaving me feeling punished for having a disability, could you please advise me what I can do with regards to making a claim? As I am still off sick and not getting any wages, thanks Jane.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Causation in this matter could be an issue as although you clearly have pre-existing heart issues, is it possible to prove that your employer caused you to suffer a heart attack? That said, we can certainly investigate this for you. You’ll need to complete and return one of our initial questionnaires on this matter and we can then give you further advice.

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  22. Linda

    My husband was my boss three months ago he decided to walk out of the family home with no explanation. I continued to work in a very stressful situation, until being there became intolerable and was forced to make the decision to leave on the grounds that it was making me ill. I have been left financially strapped through no fault of my own is there anything I can do

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This issue is more likely to relate to employment law as you mention what would appear to be a constructive dismissal issue and not one of injury.

      Reply
  23. Alex

    A long time has gone by since a job I was doing made me sick so badly I was hospitalised several times and tried to take my own life on numerous occasions . I worked for a National Newspaper and wondered if I had a case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You mention that a lot of time has passed since this period of your life. UK law affords you a maximum period of 3 years in which you can seek to make a claim. Therefore, if more than 3 years has passed since this incident, you cannot now seek to make a claim.

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  24. Marty

    Hi – my current employment have me working as a lone worker.. we use to have a policy where we emailed our customer care team. With this we had interval checks with telephone calls on our welfare 3 times per day.

    I email my support line and I am told to stop emailing them.. but this is the correct procedure (stated by there internal policies)

    Due to being left alone I work which I’ll add is a very quiet industry I am feeling depressed and mistreated. I brought my points up and my boss but he said I have been getting support.

    I have not received a single call in the last 3weeks on my welfare during my working day. I can’t do this anymore can I put in a grievance and claim for being mistreated or lack of care and duty towards my mental health.

    I’m on the verge of calling in sick and going off on stress as I am feeling very lonely and let down by my employer.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you are following procedure as set out in policies, then you should continue to do so. If you are beginning to feel unwell and suffering stress as a result of this situation, it is important that you document this in writing and ensure that your employer is made aware in writing.

      If your employer fails to take action or steps that reduce your stress, you could then look further in to making a claim for work related stress. Such a claim would need careful and expert consideration and can be provided by a specialist Solicitor with whom we work.

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  25. Pam

    Hello
    I had to leave work due to be beaten up in the shop by a employer on her trial day.
    My boss wasn’t bothered and didn’t help with anything
    We also had thief’s comming into shop and taking the stock we had we told the owner loads of times we don’t feel safe the shop he never listened we had to have to landlords stand in the shop with us. So very scary at work on most days.
    Now have no work.
    Where do I stand on this kind of case. Thank you

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Did you report the attack to the Police? If you did, you could be entitled to make a claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority scheme (CICA). CICA claims are handled by a statutory body, funded by the taxpayer. Claims to this scheme can be made via a specialist Solicitor (as arranged by us) on a No Win No Fee basis, where the Solicitor will charge no fee if you fail with the claim and deduct 25% of any award if you succeed. If you chose to instruct a Solicitor to act on such a claim, you will be certain of qualified representation and expert handling of your claim to protect your interests and ensure the best chance of a good outcome.

      However, you do not have to instruct a Solicitor to act on a CICA claim for you as you can simply complete an application and submit your own claim and go through the process with the authority under self-representation.

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  26. Kevin

    My boss has just rang me saying he’s going to drop my wages because I’m currently not for filling my job role.

    I am suffering from mental health issues.

    There are others at my company who are in the same position with personal injury’s who have had nothing said to them!

    I feel this has been a personal attack against me because I refused to do something for my boss what I felt I was not confident or safe enough to carry out.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your issue relates to employment law and your rights for fair treatment under that legislation. This is something you need to discuss with your Union (if you have one) or if not, with an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

      Reply
  27. Bozena

    Hello,
    I am looking for someone who could help me with Stress at work claim. I am a secondary school teacher. After reading “requirements” for the claim, I believe that I have sufficient evidence for the claim.
    Thank you

    Bozena Perera

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please complete and return the initial questionnaire document that we have sent to you regarding this situation. Our work related stress specialist will contact you to discuss your situation in detail when we have received your completed questionnaire.

      Reply
  28. A

    I had a very frightening experience at work that has triggered me very badly. The code lock on one of our storage rooms has been broken for a long time, a manager or coordinator are the ones who order the repairs but no one bothered despite how unsafe it was and because it was never repaired a drugged man was able to follow behind me into room, I was alone but thankfully nothing happened aside from vervbal threats but I’ve been paranoid at work. The lock was fixed a couple days later but no one asked me to write a report or at least to describe his appearance so he cant come back in, it seems to me that they dont care that something very bad could have happened to one of their employees, which has me feeling very unsafe at work.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You describe a clear incident of employer negligence in terms of their failure to act on reports of the code lock being broken and in need of repair. This is a matter you could seek to make a claim for compensation for and we would be happy to look further in to this for you.

      Reply
      • A

        Thank you so much. I’m not sure how to go about the situation or if anything could have even been done in the first place. what would be the first step?

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  29. B

    I have been very stressful recently due to my job. I get no support from my manager and just told to shut up and get on with my work, as I am seen as one of the strongest employees in the work place. This has now put me in a place where I am suspended from work which is stressing me out even more and still not getting any support. Reading statements about me that are untrue or even mean is not helping my situation and feel I am still treated unfairly and even bullied. I have spoke with the regional manager and HR about this but am still treated unfairly and has now started causing issues in my personal life as well to the point I now have to see a Psychiatrist. I do not think this is right in any job and would like some advice in what to do next?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is always important to ensure that any stress at work is reported to the employer in writing. If you feel that you are being over worked and under supported, it is vital that you make written representations regarding this to the employer. They are then on notice that you are struggling. It does not mean that they have to automatically reduce your workload or provide assistance, but it does mean that you have informed them of your struggle. If you have not already done this, you should do so.

      We do work with a specialist in work related stress compensation. Such claims can be extremely hard to pursue successfully, so require expert handling. If you would like us to assist you with looking at this possibility further, please email us via justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting one of our initial work related stress questionnaires. We’d then email one to you to complete and return and on receipt would hand to our specialist to contact you directly for a detailed discussion about your situation.

      Reply
  30. Laura brown

    Hi just need a bit of advice if someone could call me

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you would like us to call you, please use this link to provide your details. One of our specialist staff will then call you to discuss your situation and offer assistance.

      Reply
  31. Sania

    My employer forcing me to take calls and I am telling them that I’m struggling to understand because I need more time and training to feel more confident it’s stressing me so much that I feel constantly sick and it’s effecting on my health and private life. Do I have right to ask more time?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you are feeling stressed and anxious, you need to ensure that you make your employer aware of your issue formally in writing in order that they are then formally aware of your situation. It is not sufficient to rely on verbally saying to them. The employer may not be in the wrong, but if you do put your concerns in writing, it protects you in the future as if you later need to look at claiming compensation for work related stress, having previously written to your employer to advise them that you are anxious and stressed will be vital.

      Reply
  32. Stewart

    Hi I had a wihout predujice meeting with employer without any ongoing dispute and was offered money to leave…I went off sick with stress and my grievance was upheld can i claim

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is an employment law issue and needs to be discussed with a qualified employment law Solicitor.

      Reply
  33. Kieren

    I’ve recently transferred to front of house staff in a hotel. I am being trained for the job by our new general manager. I have only worked 2 shifts, 1 of them was great, the other was terrible. We had a full restraunt (of 30+ people) and I was alone on the floor whilst my manager dealt with people checking in, through no fault of his own I might add. However, as this was my second day of training, I felt completely out of my depth, incredibly anxious and was pushed to the point where I broke down and rather embarrassingly cried to a chef in the kitchen. As a result of the immense pressure on myself, I had lost the company £108 because I was unaware of how their deals worked. This made me feel so much worse, especially when I was told that it was my fault.

    Since this shift, I have been in to work once more and found myself sitting in my car trying to come up with a reason not to go in.

    I understand that this is very very early to make a claim, regardless of how awful the situation was that I had put into. I’m more interested in finding out what I should do if this continues to happen whilst I am under trained and expected to manage a restraunt floor.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to make sure that any issues that are causing you stress or anxiety at work are reported to your line manager in writing. For example, if you believe that you are feeling stressed and anxious due to a lack of support and training needed to do your work properly (as shown in the incident where you were told that you had cost the company money by mistake), you need to inform your employers of that. They are then on notice that you have raised your hand for help (it is not sufficient to do it verbally) and they must at least then consider whether they need to do anything further to help you.

      If things then continued to go badly and your stress/anxiety continues or increases it is far easier to pursue a claim as the employer cannot claim to have not known that you were in need of support.

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  34. Amber-Rose

    Hi,

    I have been working for an online retailer I saw it first since June 2018 as a team leader in the customer service department.

    I lost my father to suicide on September 21st this year and was pressured by my manager to go back after a week of being off despite not being ready.

    Despite not being ready I went back and thisis when things at work started to spiral out of control.

    The first thing that happened in November was a girl from our office came in after taking a bottle of medication and attempting to end her life, we had to call her an ambulance but no support was offered by management or HR at all despite my situation just months prior. This made my anxiety worse for days and I was scared about coming back towork.

    The manager we had at the time was a bully and used to call people horrible and degrading names such as a girl who suffered with depression was called ‘depressica’

    Over the course of the next six months things at work spiralled out of control. Another team leader made a complaint about our manager causing him. To walk out and leave 2 inexperienced team leaders to look after everything alone.

    Lots of awful things happened over this time and I haven’t been sleeping for months. I asked to speak to HR for myself and other member s of staff but they refused. The place we work often doesn’t even have toilet roll and has huge holes in the walls.

    I was pushed to the point where I had to leave work and walk out as I was riddled with anxiety. An ex memeber of staff has since contacted me with an incredibly abusive message calling me disgusting for leaving etc. They’ve also said I’ve got to pay them £500 as I walked out. Which is far more than I owe

    I was wondering if there is anything I can do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your situation can certainly be looked at and assessed by our work related stress specialist. Whether or not you will be able to succeed with a claim will depend on what was placed in writing with your employer regarding your need for support and their failure to respond.

      Reply
  35. Sam

    Lone worker working in a housing building which is owned by the council but I work for a company that has the contract .there is no access to toliet no drinking water no office made to sit or stand in a 1×1 box near stair case doing 12 hour shifts also made to do a patrol every hour on the hour with no break or privacy is this legal it’s making me stress and depressed also getting headaches and mine grains from not having access to water what can I do

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The situation you describe does not sound nice. However, this issue is more related to employment law than personal injury and as such, we cannot advise as to whether or not your working conditions are legal. With that in mind, you should make contact with an employment law Solicitor to discuss this situation.

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  36. Michelle

    My partner was off work on stress leave he tried to end his life because of work place bulling left him in hospital have treatment I was left work g looking after children running house going hospital to see him he now back at work on light duties but it taken it toll still lots of stress he no better I just want to know if there any consolation for me and children what we went through and I found him in our lounge when he took overdose

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law does afford employees the right to hold an employer liable if they are caused undue stress and ill health through the negligent actions of an employer. However, it is not always easy to succeed with a claim for work related stress as many people in the position your Partner was in do not make formal written reports of their difficulties and need for help to their employer and instead rely on verbal conversations. With this in mind, your Partner needs to ensure that they have informed their employer of their difficulty in coping with the environment or workload in writing, ideally on more than one occasion.

      If the employer has then failed to respond to any aspects of the letter, the possibility of succeeding with a claim against them increases.

      We do work with a specialist in employment related stress claims and can look in to this matter for your Partner.

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  37. Mark

    I’ve been at a food distribution company for 25years and have recently had to come out of an office based supervisory position to a driving position due to the huge amounts of stress and anxiety placed on me by having to take charge of 100 drivers on an early morning shift with very little support.I believe over the course of about 5 years this caused my stomach condition
    crohns/colitis for which I was hospitalised and have suffered from ever since.There is a lot more to this story than I can write here and believe I was forced to step down due to this medical condition.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you should seek to make a personal injury claim (for the stress and implication on your health) or an employment law claim (for the effectively enforced loss of your previous role) or even both, is uncertain.

      We can help with a possible work related stress claim and would happily look at that for you. Should you wish us to do this, please email justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting an initial work related stress questionnaire. We’ll then send you one and once you’ve returned that, we’ll have our work related stress specialist call you for a detailed conversation.

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  38. Natalie

    Afternoon,
    As many before I am wondering if a claim is possible.
    I was wrongly accused of a situation at work I was run through the disciplinary process, suspended for 10weeks to which o received letter after letter with more accusations added whilst o was out of the business no one contacted me other than by letter to invite me to the meeting, I put a counter claim of harassment and bullying which was listened to but seemed a bit of a cover up, isn’t he end I showed strong evidence that I could never have been part of nor vomited the serious accusation put before me and this was dismissed and thrown out, after ten weeks of stress my nervous system broke down causing sever back and nerve issues I now wear a heart monitor and feel that o was a high flyer and progressing well to have my reputation smashed to pieces by the negligence of this company. Since then I have found it hard to push myself to a high performing level cry a lot and have real anxiety when it comes to seeing managers who were involved so much so I moved my whole life to another county and region.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We do have a specialist that can look at the possibility of making a claim for work related stress for you. Such claims are never easy to succeed with, but the legal right to make such a claim is in place and given your description of your circumstances, it would seem completely reasonable to pursue such an enquiry.

      Please email us via justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting an initial stress at work questionnaire form. We’ll then send you one so that you can provide further information and once we have that back from you, we’ll be able to get our specialist to contact you for a detailed discussion.

      Reply
  39. Simon

    I had to leave my job due to anxiety attacks and depression caused by a team leader who would swear and shout at me for literally no reason and would then come back later and apologise. This went on for some time. My supervisor was told and nothing to me was done. On one occasion while working nights I was sworn at told to get out my supervisor witnessed this and still did nothing. I struggled with this and suffered with panic attacks and depression and was off sick. Can I do anything against my former employer.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Before you left your employer, had you complained in writing of the abuse you received from your supervisor and their attitude towards you?

      You may be able to make a claim, but time is of the essence and it is far harder to succeed the longer you leave it.

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  40. Yvonne

    Hi There

    I would very much like to discuss if I have a case with my current employer.

    I am currently in the verge of breaking point and work has been a massive contributory factor. My anxiety levels are through the roof and have experienced physical symptoms such as severe fatigue which I put down to low iron levels but actually my iron levels had stabilised, and so the only other factor to consider is work place stress and depression. I am currently seeing a chiropractor to help me and I am also now seeing EAP support, however the damage has been done and have been in a very unsupported solo HR role for so long with no guidance training or support. We have no been acquired a year ago and I am slowly feeling very pushed out on a number of points and spoken too quite rudly eith emails seeming to read I am incompetent. I have reached a breaking point where I do not wish to stay with my employer but very much feel I have put so much in to my role with little recognition, but I am I’ll by it and it has damaged my confidence in seeking further employment I can not think about it as the thought just given me anxiety.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We do have a specialist that can look at the possibility of making a claim for work related stress for you. Such claims are never easy to succeed with, but the legal right to make such a claim is in place and there for people in the kind of situation you describe.

      If you would like us to look further in to this, please email us via justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting an initial stress at work questionnaire form. We’ll then send you one so that you can provide further information and once we have that back from you, we’ll pass it to our specialist work related stress expert and they will contact you for a detailed discussion.

      Reply
  41. Rachel

    Hi,
    I have made a complaint to my employer regarding sexual harassment. I was signed off with stress for 3. 5 days as it was a bank holiday week and the company only work half a day on a Friday but as i am a contractor i am told i am not entitled to sick pay because it is under 4 days. I am back at work as i live alone and need to pay bills. I am still being made to work alongside my harasser until a disciplinary hearing next week. I cannot afford to be off and lose any money. Please could you advise if I am entitled to any help.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You could well be entitled to something but my initial view is that you need to raise this issue with an employment law specialist as soon as possible and not a personal injury one such as us.

      Reply
  42. Carrie

    I was working for a dentist for 9 years and in the last 3 years things started to get bad for me.
    I found myself harassed and bullied by the owner (who had been struck off for conduct in 2013). It seemed like everything I did was wrong. People left and they were not replaced. I was expected to do their workload. I asked for help and I was seen to be complaining. I would often be alone in a practice and the owner would come over to ‘check’ my work at a stated time but he would often come over an hour early to try and catch me out. He often made fun of me when I was delivering daily briefs and question everything I said even though he would have discussed with me what to put in it. I spoke to what I our equivalent to HR was who happened to be his his wife and she would say things like I understand but never actually do anything. My confidence was gone I was unable to sleep for worry . I went to my drs who signed me off “work related stress” for a few weeks. After I wasn’t back they said things would change. Nothing did. I tried to get on with it and I ended up back at my drs who signed my off again . Nothing had been done no one had spoke to me. He was still on it me my confidence was gone. Shattered. He still picked on my and uped his game daol through phone calls, through passing messages from staff under my supervision to give to me which undermined my position. He emailed me cheeky emails. He told me in front of staff that I wasn’t going my job right. He was giving me less time to do my job and was moving me around for example he owned 7 practices and he would have me at a particular practice on my schedule then change this at short notice. Meaning of start off at one in the morning then get a phone call telling me to drive 20 miles to another one. Offer when I’d get there they would say they had enough staff already so I’d be sent to another practice or even back to the original . This on top of everything else was getting too much and I had a breakdown and my Dr warned me about going back. I was tried of different medications and I was off work from April 2018 until I was I got a letter paying me off on February 2019. I received to odd letter saying to received my sick line but nothing else. I wasn’t given access to email. My SSP payments were often wrong putting me under more stress. No one called me came out to see me. I went to a review in January 2019 and they said that they had mailed a change of contract to me (which I never received) . They questioned the letter they asked my Dr for. And they said that they had enough staff now and I should come back. I asked what they would put in place and they said they would do a phased return . I ask what else they would put in place and they had nothing . I asked about the bullying and they queried if it had actually happed? I had backed up my emails to show that it had. I asked why I hadn’t had access to emails, calls from the work and I was told they thought I wouldn’t want to be bothered. I asked about the change of working hours contract they allegedly sent me and they said that the did so I asked why if wasn’t recorded mail and they said they didn’t want the knock on the door to frighten me. I asked about the emails the said they would get an IT guy to look into it. About 2 weeks later I got a letter saying they were paying me off and paid me in liue of notice. I feel that I have been to hell and back and I want to know if I can take this further

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may have a valid claim for work related stress that should be further considered and discussed with our expert. Claims for work related stress are never easy to succeed with and require good evidence to support the claimants view that their employer failed them. However, the right for you to make such a claim is in place in law.

      Please email justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request an initial work related stress questionnaire. We’ll then send a simple one page document to you to complete and return. When we have that back, we’ll hand it to our specialist who will contact you directly for a detailed discussion and advise you further as to your rights and any possible claim for compensation.

      Reply
  43. Rp

    Hi,

    Ive resigned from my job in March and was off for 6 weeks as per Drs instructions. I was diagnosed with overwhelming levels of stress and anxiety. In the time I was off, my manager who was the cause of emotional distress also left the company.
    I am now off work as Im trying to regain my confidence and work on my mental health.

    am I able to sue him?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We do have a specialist that can look at the possibility of making a claim for work related stress for you. Work related stress compensation claims can be complex and require expert specialist representation. However, but the legal right to make such a claim is in place and given your description of this issue, it would seem completely reasonable that you wish to take this further.

      Please email us via justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting an initial stress at work questionnaire form. We’ll then send a questionnaire to you to complete and return to us. When we have that back from you, we’ll be able to get our specialist to contact you for a detailed discussion and offer you the advice you need.

      Reply
  44. Fran

    Hello working n hse been bullied for past 4 years… Put n grievance against certain person. That was 2 years ago.. Still not dealt with… Still working at same job but hav been put off wk again with stress and anxiety and depression from another person causing me stress.. Looking for answers please

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may be entitled to claim compensation against your employer for work related stress. If you would like to take this further, please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting our initial Stress at Work questionnaire. We can then help you to find out whether or not you can claim compensation.

      Reply
  45. Ian

    I took a severe breakdown. I was admitted to a mental hospital for 10 weeks. Since promoted in May 2018 to contract manager for Scotland I was given no training no support and often work 70+ hours, often with my boss changing my timesheet.
    During my hospitalization HR contacted me by email threatening me about the return of the company vehicle as I wasn’t using it whilst sick. Threatened to deduct money from my wages and continually harassed me about a sick line being wrong from hospital. They then realised they were wrong but got no apology. The nursing staff helped me respond to this as it caused me severe anxiety.
    Could this be a case considered for compensation .

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We do have a specialist that can look at the possibility of making a claim for work related stress for you. Work related stress claims are a difficult claim type but with the right expert legal advice and representation you can pursue such action. Given your situation it would be perfectly just to take this matter further should it be possible to do so.

      Please email us via justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting an initial stress at work questionnaire form. We’ll then send you one so that you can provide further information and once we have that back from you, we’ll be able to get our specialist to contact you for a detailed discussion.

      Reply
  46. Trevor

    Hi….. I have worked for my company for just over 11 years, last year I was off work for 6 weeks due to stress at work….. Work then offered me a different role to manage my stress (which has been good)…. But now I am being told my new role isn’t needed anymore. What are my rights?, if I refuse to go back to my old job (which I can’t do, I can’t handle the stress) then can they sack me or would they have to make me redundant??

    Thanks….

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to seek advice from an employment law specialist for this query.

      Reply
  47. Faye

    I have been signed off with stress anxiety and depression since january because of a bullying case against 2 of my managers. It has got so bad, with my boss breaking confidentiality and telling people of my situation, he called my mother to ask why I was off, I’m 29!!! So, he also held back my sick certificate so I didn’t get paid properly and struggled to pay my rent. A universal credit claim for my partner has been put under investigation, as my wages were proved by myself, twice, but whsmith have given a falsified amount, almost £600 a month more than I earn, to sabotage the claim. I need to know where I can go with this, I have serious anxiety and stress over this, it has had a bad impact on my health and every day life

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your situation certainly needs to be looked at by qualified experts. There are two separate areas that need attention, one of possible personal injury (work related stress) and also of employment law. Regarding your rights and the actions of your employer, you probably should make contact with an employment law specialist as you could possibly have grounds to act on that under such guidance.

      With regards to the stress and anxiety caused to you by your employer, we may be able to help by way of a claim for work related stress compensation. Such claims do require specific expertise and we do work with a specialist Solicitor able to advise you in this area. To take this further, we would send you a simple one page questionnaire to complete and return. The information provided on that questionnaire is then handed to our specialist who would then contact you directly to advise you in detail. If you would like us to send out a work related stress questionnaire, please email us via: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting one.

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  48. Michelle

    Hi . I was due to go back to work in March after some time off for three serious operations – thyroid cancer diagnosed in October and shoulder surgery .performed in January . I was very anxious but was looking forward to getting back to normal but within minutes of going back into the office and everyone saying how nice it was for me to be back , i was taken aside by my manager and handed a suspension letter . Someone had accused me of doing something and they suspended me to investigate . I was so shocked that I burst into tears and felt completely humiliated . I felt like I was having a panic attach and I could not understand why they had asked me back just to do that on front of everyone . Why couldn’t they have asked me not to come in then no-one at work would have known I had been suspended ! I drove home in tears and have been off with stress since . They conducted the investigation and said that I was not at fault at all and the allegation had been withdrawn but I feel totally let down by a company that I have worked for for 23 years and don’t want to go back there but they say my sick pay will run out at the end of may as I had already been off with cancer and the shoulder surgery . I have called acas and they have said to put in a formal grievance . Can you offer any further advise ?

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    • Ian Morris

      The advice to take out a formal grievance is sound advice and is something you should do. The fact that you feel so let down is understandable, but the employer may well have followed policy (in which case they would have acted correctly) in suspending you on the basis of the allegation made – even though that has been found to be inaccurate and the employer may not have been made aware of the allegation ahead of your return to work.

      Taking out a grievance will allow you to find out whether they had acted correctly. If you uncover any inaccurate handling of the situation, you may have a valid claim. Whether that would be a personal injury claim or more likely, an employment law claim is yet to be known.

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  49. H

    Hi
    For the past year at work I have been bullied by a couple of people in my team and have spoken with my manager and she’s done nothing about it. I have also been over worked and have advised my manager and it’s still the same nothing has been done. Ive started to feel depressed about it and have really bad anxiety due to work and am scared I’m going to have a breakdown. If I gotta take leave for stress and find a new job am I able to sue them?

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law will afford you the right to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation as a result of work related stress. However, the right to pursue a claim and succeeding with a claim are two separate things and in order to have any prospect of succeeding with a claim, you will need to make a written request to your employer for help and advise them that you are feeling stress and anxious. You should list the reasons for your concerns clearly and this will then put your employer on notice that you are not coping. The employer may not have to take action, but if they ought to and fail to, you could then pursue a claim.

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  50. Kieran

    Hi, I am wondering if I would be able to make any form of claim due to having suffered with a back and leg injury for a while and the workplace making it harder for me to perform at my best, I work as a freezer operative for a sandwich factory and am constantly having to run around moving goods from one side to another whilst being in pain. I have reached out to managers and they have done nothing towards helping me with my problem, each night I work is a 12 hour shift and its constantly on my feet moving thousands of products from one side of the factory to the other, its causing me to not be able to sleep properly and is causing me stress due to the high demand of orders I have to move which is increasing constantly, I am expected to due more than one person’s work at times which makes me start to feel worn out and drained of energy and its making me stressed and constantly tired.

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    • Ian Morris

      If you believe that your work has caused your injury, you may be able to claim compensation against the employer – but only if your employer has been negligent. That negligence could be a lack of training, inadequate work equipment, a working environment that prevents safe working or a dangerous workload.

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  51. Andrew

    Hi I took a transfer from Stewart plastics Banbury to curver Redruth as they took over the Banbury plant, I had an interview and explained I’m only interested in the day position as I suffer from sleep deprivation and depression from working nights over the years, so they said we have a predominantly day job and your just do 2 night shifts a month. I said I could manage that as I can always use Holiday.
    So we sold our house my wife took 2 years out of Thames valley police, I moved first and my wife was due 2 months later, so the day I started my job James Pollock the plant manager said you do realise your on nights and my heart sunk, I said I didn’t take a job on nights and his reply was what you want to do move back to Banbury!! So as months went by he kept promising me he put me on days when my wife moves and nothing materialised, so December I seen OP nurse and told her everything and she wrote a letter to HR plus I put a complaint in and nothing happened, come march I went to docs and broke down and he signed me of work for 1 month and my wife took the sick note to work and the plant many waved it in her face saying he only get SSP he was very rude.
    1 month has gone by and I’m signed of again and HR messaged me to see OP nurse again and I told the nurse what the company has done to me as I’m on anti depressants and I’ve had CBT treatment as I felt suicidal.
    My life’s been turned upside down by this company, and now they want me to go on another shift, I told HR it’s to little to late as I have no trust in the company for what they did to me and I don’t want to work there anymore.
    They told me to have more time of and see the OP nurse on the 28th may.
    I’ve spoken to ACAS and they was shocked what they done to me.
    Is there anyway I can take this company to court for what they done, I’m only getting SSP and it’s there fault I’m a mess and they don’t care one bit.

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    • Ian Morris

      We have sent you a ‘work related stress’ questionnaire to complete and return. When we receive that back from you, we can pass your enquiry to a specialist Solicitor who will be able to advise you on your rights and a potential claim.

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  52. Emma

    I’m 5 months pregnant was off in March for three days due to high Bp ending up in Ane one of the days wrk said they would pay me .. they never paid me said they didn’t know I was off .. I now have Been signed off by Gp for two weeks due to stress at work since yesterday as ongoing dispute can u help ?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is possible to claim compensation for work related stress. However, such claims are notoriously difficult to succeed with as many people don’t put their concerns or problems with their work to their employer in writing. If you have made written reports of issues causing you ill health, anxiety or stress to the employer, they have a duty to look at their actions and consider whether any changes should be made. Have you done this?

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  53. Ana-Maria

    Hi ! I’ve been bullying at work for the past 5 months and I’ve reach my employer in all the way possible .. yesterday I’ve been submitted to a unexpected drug test and suspended til the results arrive … I don’t want to lose my job just because I don’t want to be bullying and I don’t want to keep my job if I will still be bullied ..

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    • Ian Morris

      I would strongly advise you to make urgent enquiries with an employment law specialist

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  54. Joseph

    Hi, I started work with a sandwich factory in 2016 as a night production worker. Initially I worked five nights (of 12 hours per night) a week and months later began to work 4 nights (of 12 hours per night) a week. Standing for 12 hours every night in a very cold environment and handling very cold ingredients that got my hands frozen in spite of the gloves provided, I later began to feel pain in my ankles and knees in 2017. I endured this situation until January 2019 when I could not endure it any longer. I took my annual leave and when that ran out, I took sick leave for two months. After a telephone conversation with Occupational Therapy, I have been told that I can leave the job on the grounds of incapability. Am I entitled to any compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is hard to advise on the basis of the brief insight to your working conditions and there could be an issue proving a causal link between the cold working environment and your health conditions. However, this is clearly a situation that should be looked in to further as there may well be a claim that should be pursued.

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  55. Stuart

    Hi I’ve been employed by a large company for 8 years for the past 12 month or so I have struggled with anxiety and depression. I am currently in receipt of CBT therapy to try and manage my illness . My employer sent me to OH and then got a report back with recommendations on to assist me in the workplace my employer chose not to put these measures in place . I have been struggling to cope with the work demands my employer has put on me and have had numerous meetings about it but to no avail. It’s my belief as well as the OH doctor I seen that my condition would fall into the disability at work act. I stayed off work with my illness for 10 weeks last July to September and since my return my employer has made my life really difficult for me , recently I’ve had a really bad bout of depression and really lost my concentration and focus at work I made a mistake on a device and now I’ve been investigated for it and been told it may lead to disciplinary proceedings against me , I have now not slept for 3 whole nights and my anxiety is so bad I can barely get out of bed , I am still going into work but it’s such a struggle trying to drive all day long . I have told my manager that I am on the verge of collapse but he’s not interested one bit and is only bothered about disciplinary measures he wants to impose on me . I am not sure who to turn to and am feeling very desperate and having terrible thoughts . I have called my therapist and had a meeting with her but it’s of no help to me as I can’t control my anxiety. I feel my employer is very very neglectful and has largely contributed to my I’ll health.

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    • Ian Morris

      You may have ground to pursue a claim for work related stress caused by your employer. Such claims are possible, but need to be considered by an expert specialist Solicitor. At Direct2Compensation, we do have one such specialist who can liaise with you on this issue. The process for taking this further would be for you to contact us by email requesting a ‘Stress at Work’ questionnaire to be emailed to you. Once you had completed and returned that, we would then have our specialist call you directly for a detailed discussion about a possible claim for compensation.

      It would also be wise for you to make investigations with an employment law specialist too in order that you can be certain that you are being treated correctly by your employer and to gain a better understanding of your rights with regards to your situation and your future employment.

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  56. Jayne

    Hello been a section manager had a incident where product labelled up wrong it’s my room but for four weeks was told to look after another department I investigated it and was told nothing more untill a letter for a disciplinary i have had that and they are stripping me of my role I have had no training no other warnings up to this point I have appealed

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    • Ian Morris

      The issue you raise is one of employment law and not personal injury. You should make immediate contact with your Union or a specialist Employment Law Solicitor to discuss this situation to find out whether or not your employer has acted incorrectly towards you.

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  57. Robert

    Hi I’ve been sent abusive text messages from another work colleague in work time what has led me to take 2 months off work with stress and anxiety and I’ve not had much support from the manager I work for Merseycare NHS trust the staff member who sent the the message has not has any form off disciplinary can i make a clam for bullying stress and anxiety loss of sleep

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    • Ian Morris

      Before you can claim work related stress or anxiety compensation, you need to make sure that you have made written reports to your employer regarding the problems you are having and the help that you would like to receive from them. This puts your employer on official notice of a problem and they can then have an opportunity to remedy the situation. If the employer fails to fulfill their obligations towards you, you could then seek to make a claim.

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  58. Mike

    I have worked as a store manager for 2.5 years. When I got the roll I had admin and warehouse staff. Within a year they were taken away due to cuts. Work load on me and the remaining staff became very high however my old manager whilst not always able to help much was understanding. 9 months ago the company had a reshuffle and I got a new boss who has really never help me. Six months ago I had the closure of another store dropped on me and our work load became unmanageable. My new boss sent down some people she knew from before the reshuffle who came a under the guise of help ridiculed me in front of my staff. I had already started taking anti depressants but my morale was becoming lower. I felt my boss was totally unapproachable by now, however I did raise the issue with her re the ridicule from her helpers. She dismissed this and told me to talk to them if I had a problem. I felt cut off and neglected but carried on regardless concentrating on sales as this is my forte and they remained well above company average. The administration side of the business and even some aspects of health and safety have fell badly behind. But under the pressure and stress I was just unable to keep up with them or priorities correctly. I have now had a bad stock and health and safety audit and been suspended, whilst being investigated for gross misconduct. I have never had any training to give me the skills required to be on top of the stock admin or ever shown the health and safety protocols properly. The admin was done as I said by an administrator before the cut back and then just left to me (untrained) I have not felt confident enough to approach my boss and she never contacted me like my old boss would. I feel I’ve been hung out to dry.

    What should I do next

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    • Ian Morris

      The most important thing to do at this stage is to put all of your concerns and verbal reports in to writing to your head office and line manager and it would be wise to take out a formal grievance. Having everything in writing is really important as it proves that you have warned your employers of the issues you face and concerns you have regarding the workload and cuts to resourcing.

      It would be a good idea to speak with an employment law Solicitor or your Union at the earliest opportunity too.

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  59. Steven

    Can i claim for stress at work i was put in hospital for a Aortic dissection i was in hospital for 8 days and off work for 12 weeks

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    • Ian Morris

      Prior to being taken ill, had you made written reports to your employer of your struggles with workload or the stress under which you were working? If so and the employer ignored the written reports you may have a case for claiming work related stress compensation.

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  60. Annabelle

    Hello,
    I work at a supermarket and I work on tills which I find difficult as it causes me jaw pain and headache from the talking. Due to this, about a month ago, I have asked if I can train on other departments which my manager agreed to, and said that once the new staff arrive and fully train on tills, I can get trained elsewhere, whilst also knowing that I get jaw pain and headaches on tills.

    A few weeks ago, new people had arrived. I asked the manager why the new people had trained in those departments and not me, and she said that she is not moving me elsewhere because I am not doing my best on tills, which is contradictory as I have always been praised on my customer service. This made me feel like I was led on all this time I waiting.
    To this managers, it seemed that I only want to train elsewhere only because I don’t like tills, and that is why they do not want to train me elsewhere, when it is only because it causes me pain. This is causing me so much stress that I have needed breaks to have a “moment”, and I feel I can’t complain otherwise I would lose my job. Recently, I had been emotional on tills as a supervisor had lied me and I felt that I had enough with supervisors lying to get you to do something for them, in the end for them to get away with it, and without an apology. As a customer had seen my emotional state, I am getting an investigation where I might possibly face a disciplinary. My managers know this is stressing me out but they have not helped whatsoever, and I feel I have been treated unfairly, especially during meetings where one manager called me “manipulative”, and another where the manager tried threatening me by shaking and gritting his teeth, shortly before saying he’ll “do anything to protect the reputation of the business”. What can I do about this?

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    • Ian Morris

      This is an employment law or Union matter and you should make immediate contact with such specialists. Regarding your work and desire to transfer departments, relying on verbal conversations is unwise. Make sure you make a formal request in writing and outline your reasons for wishing to change roles.

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  61. John

    Hi

    I attended as a witness in an interview for a fellow employee who was diagnosed with industrial athsma as a result of his job and I believe they are trying to fire him and i myself have just received a recorded letter addressed to my house saying am in a new job role which is less hours and salary and I beleive it’s to set an example of me.

    The was no consultation with me prior to this and I feel am being victimised because I acted as a witness for him.

    What should I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      You need to raise these issues and concerns with an employment law Solicitor immediately. This is not a personal injury matter, but could well be something that can be acted upon under employment law.

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  62. Ann

    I have worked for the same company for nearly 30 years. June 2017 I was signed off sick for work related stress, anxiety and depression. After several welfare meetings (in which I put in a grievance(Upheld) I was told it would go to capability dismissal.
    During that time, I was told no reasonable adjustments could not be put in place. I was also told we didn’t have a HR department.
    Out of the blue a HR manager got in touch. A meeting was arranged for today 11/4/2019. I was told my case should never have gone to Capabity dismissal because I have another job.
    We spoke about reasonable adjustments which I’d previously discussed in the Welfare Meetings (I was told no changes could be made for me because that would mean changes for everyone)
    I was also told today, that if I couldn’t return to work ‘maybe a amibical parting of ways could be put in place, although I would only receive 12weeks of pay’.
    I’m now at the point of waiting to hear back.
    I would like to ask if I have any legal standing on whether I can claim compensation for the way I have been treated? I have found the whole process to be very stressful and confusing.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Ann

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As well as seeking advice on the prospects of making a personal injury claim for work related stress, you may also wish to make enquiries with an employment law specialist in order to ensure that any termination of your work is done correctly and that you are properly financed by any such termination agreement.

      You may have a valid claim for work related stress and anxiety. Such claims are difficult to evaluate without detailed consideration by a specialist Solicitor. We do have one such specialist Solicitor available to consider, advise and potentially pursue such claims. To take this further, please email us: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk so that we can send you a simple one page questionnaire to complete and return. Once the questionnaire is back with us, we can send it to our specialist Solicitor who will then be able to contact you directly for a detailed discussion of your situation and a proper evaluation of any potential claim against your employer.

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  63. Russell Scott

    Hi there I have worked with my company now for 18 years. An opportunity come for me in 2003 to step up the ladder. The first of my training I pulled into the car park outside my workplace and the warehouse manager was telling people to come in and try to stop a man with a hammer. Not that I wanted to go into the building but I followed other people upstairs as we were told to. This was very scary and upsetting the man was smashing everything I his path with a hammer in his hand then I witnessed one of my work colleagues had been hit in the side of the head and was unconscious and bleeding.The company then held a meeting to apologise to those involved and not to speak to the papers This day still has an affect on me but the company act like it never happened is it to late to speak to the hR of my company what do I do

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    • Ian Morris

      Unfortunately, UK law would not allow you to take any action at this stage in terms of a claim for compensation for any PTSD or anxiety caused by the incident you mention from 2003. UK personal injury claims MUST be made within 3 years of the date of an injury being sustained and as you were effectively injured in a criminal incident, you would only have 2 years to make your claim.

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  64. Kay

    Hi, I would appreciate some advice. I recently had a disciplinary where allegations were made against me by two of my work colleagues. I was able to dispute a lot of the information provided in the statements as fiction as well as point out that they had deliberately left out witnesses and the fact that they had clearly discussed this before hand. I was still given a written warning which I appealed against and was told in the email to report to another service while I was meant to be on shift at my service but a reason wasn’t given. I followed instructions and after waiting around for an hour found out that I had been transferred but nobody could explain to me why. This caused me great deal of stress as my flexible working agreement that I have in place for my two year old wasn’t taken into consideration as I was given shifts that were not on my agreed days and nobody could give me a reason why this was all happening as well as the fact that I am pregnant and the new service I have to work at is adding an extra 3 miles per shift in regards to my travel making it 22.2 miles per day. During this time I was bullied by my senior from my original service which was reported back to me by staff. I complained about this but all that HR said is that they would get the manager to arrange a mediation which she failed to do. Due to all the stress I started to feel stomach cramps and went to my doctors who signed me off for two weeks with work stress. I then had to go back to my doctors after still not hearing anything from my employer about the status of my employement and was given a number for counselling. I have put in a grievance against my employer but have yet to hear back.

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    • Ian Morris

      Have you sought any employment law advice? It would seem that you need to speak with an expert in such a field. If you are a Union member, you could liaise with them regarding this situation.

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  65. Tamara Rooms

    Hi I wanted some advice.
    I have worked in forensic mental health with Male offenders for 5years full time including bank shifts. In 2015 I was involved in an injury at work which impacted from a night shift restraint. In the morning leaving my building my knee gave way resulting in me dislocating my patella and tearing leg ligaments. I was off for nearly 12 months as while I was undergoing intense physio I was not placed on amended duties with a brace due to working in a secure building, however I was initially redeployed onto reception during my phased return as I was unable to restrain.
    Within 5months of my return I was back on my ward I became physically unwell and had to have an emergency hysterectomy at 32 this impacted on my life, physical and mental wellbeing and my children horrendously and I was already experiencing financial hardship from the last sickness period.
    I returned again and in the last 12 months I have had 3 bereavements, one of which my grandad past and I had to take unpaid leave. My dad had a heart attack and I’ve also had staggered sickness and attendance from post OP issues with gynae and patient attacks including a wrist and further injury to my bad knee.

    In November 2018 I had coffee thrown in my face by a patient. This affected my performance epically and presenting with declining mental health I was referred to occy health and signed off with stress and anxiety in December 2018.
    I have received counselling to address the anxiety and my losses as well as dealing with my hysterectomy and not being able to have children again. I am not 100% but I now have external support but in regards to being at work, sick pay options and being a single parent I have agreed to return to work as I had a letter last month I will go to half pay in effect of 27/4/19.
    My sick note is in effect until 30/4/19 but I am returning on phased return from 17th as it’s easier for me with Easter holidays.
    Management have supported me to the extent of policy but I feel during my time at the service I’ve experienced sexual advances from Male staff and not much support when exposing this and when I have been bereaved in regards to shift patterns etc.
    I’m constantly being penalized for things I cannot control.
    Now I feel like they are attempting to dismiss me on the grounds of this or at least trying to use policy to threaten me out of my post.
    I rent my accommodation via social housing and I’m facing court on the 16th for eviction due to rent arrears totalling nearly £4000 impacting from my staggered sickness and SSP which could potentially leave me and my children homeless next week and despite everything I’m trying my best to remain in control and stay positive about returning to work as well as seeking other employment as I know I need to leave the forensic ward.
    Today I had a courier come to my door hand delivering my sickness and attendance files and records containing past and present occy health reviews and medical notes etc. I have been sent a letter stating that I have to have a FRN review hearing on 17th April which is the day I return to work in regards to my sickness and monitoring as I will be returning on a notice as I’ve had more than 2 periods of sickness in 12 months.
    I feel that this has set me back before I’ve even geared up to return. Nor will I be given a chance to settle back onto the ward environment before addressing this.
    I do not know the outcome to whether I will be evicted on the 16th and still agreed to return the following day which they stated in their letters so they are aware and still set this date.
    The hearing will continue in my absence if I do not attend.
    I feel like I’m under immense pressure now and my main injury in 2015 when I hurt my knee is one of the main causes I know I cannot take action industrially as it’s over 3 years and also I had always assumed being in forensic mental health the injuries you sign up for. I realised later I possibly could have claimed for loss of earnings.
    The only good thing is that these documents that have been sent this morning will support me next week at court as I now have more evidence to show my reasons for accumulating arrears that can hopefully support me to try and save my home which Im seeing as a blessing in disguise for my personal life. Also at least I can show the courts I’m facing disciplinary action at work which will affect my chances of paying off such arrears
    I looked on this site and read some upsetting and horrendous stories that have occured to others that they can potentially get support with and I want to know whether I have a chance at counter claiming against my organisation as they want to take action against me. It’s not about the money but this job without the hysterectomy has created financial hardship so for them to be considering termination of employment due to impacting on their service is just cold.
    Even worse that we are mental health workers the support for staff is upsetting.

    I have a job interview next week for a new post outside of the hospital setting. I wanted to know if it was a good idea to bring these documents from work to my interview to declare. The employer knows where I currently work and that I’m off and still offered me an interview. I feel with this hearing pending at work if I were successful in interview when the employer makes references and request they will see and become aware of this information and also I feel how my ward manager feels towards me at the moment the reference and sickness record may dissuade the new employer so I wanted to be honest as well because these documents especially with their timing and the lack of sensitivity towards my mental health while currently off with stress shows why I want a new job.

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    • Ian Morris

      There is a right to make a claim for work related stress and anxiety if it can be shown that an employer was aware that you were struggling with such issues and that the workload and environment in which you were working were causing undue stress on you. In most cases, to succeed with a claim for work related stress and anxiety, an employee will need to have informed their employer in writing that they need some help or that changes should be made. If the employer then ignores this and it is found that they have acted incorrectly with their management of the individuals workload and conditions, a claim may follow.

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  66. amanda

    I needed time off last August due to a close friend bereavement, I was refused this. On going to back to work I asked to reduce my hours I was also refused this. During this time my anxiety disorder got significantly worse and eventually relates in panic disorder which I’m still suffering with now. I do t believe my work place allowed me to grieve. Do I have a case ?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whilst there is no doubt you would have found the death of your close friend traumatic and upsetting, there is no requirement in law for your employer to reduce your hours or allow you leave to attend a funeral unless it is the death of an immediate family member (Parent, spouse or child). Sadly, I do not think that you have a claim to make against the employer in this case.

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  67. Lee

    Hello I’m a hgv driver for a convenience store. I was attacked in the back of the trailer by 3 men with knifes to steal the tobacco. I went off with stress and anxiety for 5 weeks the company paid me for 3 weeks then said I had run out of sick pay can I make a claim? Thank you

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    • Dawn

      My husband had a work injury on 15th February for which he had time off work for his back injury. Since returning to work, his firm have tried to bully him and sent him to disciplinary meetings where they have tried to blame him for bad workmanship and told him he was on a last warning (which he didn’t know about). The list goes on and he has worked for the company for 10 years now.

      He was meant to go to a disciplinary meeting on Monday 1st April which he attended. It was meant to be held at 9am, but the the meeting finally took place after 3pm. He came home that evening very upset and stressed, then on Tuesday the 2nd April he has had a heart attack. Please could you give me any advice.

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      • Ian Morris

        We can possibly assist with a claim for the back injury caused in the accident at work on 15th February as we are experts in such matters. However, with regards to the employers handling of the aftermath of the situation and his return to work/disciplinary meetings, this will need to be discussed with an employment law specialist. If your Husband is a Union member, speaking with them would be a sensible move.

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    • Ian Morris

      You certainly can make a claim, but it may be that your only option for claiming compensation would be via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority scheme, rather than against your employer. It is unlikely that you could attach employer negligence to this matter and as such, it is probably not a claim that could proceed against your employer as the reason for your ‘injury’ was a criminal act and the aggression and violence of criminal attackers rather than any negligence on the part of your employer.

      At Direct2Compensation our specialist Solicitors can assist you through the process of making a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority scheme on a no win no fee basis. If successful, you would be able to claim compensation for the emotional trauma you suffered as a result of this criminal act. To meet the criteria needed to make a claim via the CICA scheme, the incident must have been reported to the police, the claimant must have cooperated with the Police during their investigation in to the incident and you must make your claim within 2 years of the date of the incident rather than the usual 3 years for personal injury compensation.

      We would be happy to help you with this process and invite you to use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to find out more.

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  68. Jane

    Hi, I would appreciate some advice please. Last year went through a traumatic event in my personal life. Had problems with the person who caused the trauma as a customer and then my employer decided to employ this person! I have anxiety, depression and every symptom of PTSD (waiting on another GP appt) Management were fully aware of the trauma and the sensitive nature of the trauma that this person had caused me and several times have seen me distressed. Now they have employed this person I have no choice but to leave. My mental health is deteriating and I am so let down by the company. Thank you for your time reading.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should seek some specialist employment law advice at the earliest opportunity. If you haven’t already done so, you should make a formal written notice to your employer regarding your issues and that you feel that they have effectively forced you to resign.

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  69. Geoffrey

    Last year in October I had an angioplasty procedure. On my return to work I attended a meeting and was given a written warning. I appealed against this and my appeal was rejected on incorrect grounds by my employer. I was then told there was no procedure to make a second appeal and that I would have to take out a grievance against the employer to take the matter further. Meanwhile, after attending a follow up hospital appointment for my angina , I was informed that I would not be paid for the time I took off to attend it. I was greatly upset with this, visited my GP the following day and was diagnosed with depression including suicidal thoughts. After this I got my union rep on the case and the company HR involved but the grievance has still not been settled to this day. I recently had several days off with depression again with the seemingly endless haggling by the company very much to blame. This time my GP actually wrote Work stress and depression on my sick note. I therefore would like to ask if you think I have a case against the company? I have other mitigating circumstances which I will reveal to you if and when you contact me

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    • Ian Morris

      We do have a specialist Solicitor with whom we work that can look in to claims for work related stress and anxiety. To take this further, we would send you a simple initial questionnaire to complete and return that would then be passed to the specialist Solicitor who would contact you directly to further discuss your situation in confidence.

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  70. Alfie

    Hello there I am Alfie Kelly and I am here to see if you could tell me if I have a case, i used to work at milk and more a very big company and for my short time there due to them neglecting me, I had to leave. A lot has gone on, too much to type, but I have strong evidence of this and can just bullit point just some of the things they did:
    . Only received 2 weeks training that was meant to be 3 months and that is stated in my contract.
    . No training on a left hand drive vehicle.
    . I went on an awareness course and was told by an assistant manager that the company should have provided with me a company/hired vehicle by law, However my boss made me go in my own car..
    . There was 2 managers and one manager said to me that the other manager said that I have had the 3 months training but I wasnt even with the company 3 months.
    I felt like I was being bullied due to what they kept saying to me, pushed into the deep end and put under a lot of pressure. Anyway there is more to this, however too long to type so if you think I may have a case please do email me. Thank you
    Kind regards Alfie.

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    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that your former employer have failed you with regards to appropriate training and support. However, given that you have left the firm our concern would be that you appear to have not suffered personal injury but more the loss of your employment. This is not a legal area that we cover as you would need to investigate your rights under employment law and seek advice from a specialist employment law Solicitor.

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  71. Tamas

    Hi

    I had an accident which the employer accept liability, but after the accident they refused me to return to work on light duties and they forced me to exhaust my sick leave. Then they tried to make me leave saying either redeployment or dismissal. They didn’t help me at all they just wanted to get rid of me. Later I filed a grievance of failure to make reasonable adjustments which they accept as their fault. Then when I ask them to reinstall my sick leave as I used it because they don’t let me back, they refused it again. Due to my injury I needed to take a couple of days but I didn’t get paid. So now I am stressed that if anything happens I can’t pay my bills or put food on the table. Also my manager bullying me asking me every time is this the right job for me? All these problems are making me anxious, stressed. I am scared to go to work coz I am affraid what will they come up. I cant sleep 4-6 hours only and waking up in 2 3 times. Cant concentrate at work. What can I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      You state that your employer has accepted liability for the accident in which you were injured. As such, you can claim compensation against the employers insurance and recover compensation for your injuries and also any loss of income caused by the injury.

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  72. Kellie

    Hi
    This is a difficult subject and I would appreciate some advice.
    I’ve worked in mental health for almost three years. I approached my manager at the start of March and just broke down. The job has been getting me down for quite some time. The workload is horrendous, we are left to deal with volatile individuals on our own, shifts are 24 hours but your lucky to get 5 hours sleep, the room you sleep in leaks (big hole in the roof) there’s no shower facilities for staff the stress had just been building for months. There has been two hospital visits in this time as the stress and anxiety was mimicking a heart attack ( said it was stress related)
    After speaking with my manager they did offer me to go home that day but I said I’d stay fast forward a week I’m in the gp surgery signed off with stress. At no point was a risk assessment put in place, no return to work interview and no changes to workload. At times left to lone work with individuals and face challenging and difficult behaviour. It’s had a massive impact on my mental health and I’m not the person I was. It has effected my family life also. It has come to the point where I am leaving the role but feel management massively lacked in a duty of care. There was no regard for the health and well-being any individual under immense stress only regard for picking up extra shifts!

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    • Ian Morris

      Suffering with work related stress is a very nasty situation in which to find yourself. Any person finding their workload and working environment is becoming excessively stressful needs to ensure that they make detailed written reports of their worries and need for help to their employer to give the employer an opportunity to rectify the situation. If the employer then fails to make any alterations to the workload and environment, the worker could then look at whether or not they could make a claim for compensation against the employer.

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  73. Garry

    I work as a train cleaner and about a month ago, a train door fell off and landed on me. I’m having trouble with my back & I took 2 weeks off work due to this. Whilst I was on sick leave the employer was ringing me to come back to work.

    Before the accident, I was working 6 nights a week (sometimes 7) and I asked to have my shifts cut temporarily to 2 days a week as it will enable me to work. However, now the employer is threatening me with my contract and won’t let me use my holidays. I am stressed and depressed – I don’t no what to do.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It sounds as if you have not yet instructed a specialist Solicitor, such as those you’ll get if you come to Direct2Compensation to pursue a claim for you. Given the details you describe of the cause of your injury in your accident at work, you really should make a claim for accident at work compensation. By making a claim for compensation against the employers insurance cover, you’ll be able to claim compensation for the pain and discomfort of the injury and recover any lost income caused during the period that you are unable to work as you do usually if you succeed.

      You can call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start a claim’ page on our website to find out more about your rights and how we can help you.

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  74. Khalid

    Hi,
    I am construction site engineer i jave working in a project for 3 month becuase of so much dust i had sorethroat all the time eventually it got so bad that I couldn’t swallow food. I left work for two weeks i still have sorethroat problems. Can I claim for the weeks i couldn’t go to work. I work freelance .

    Thanks,

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To be able to succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation, a claimant must demonstrate that there is a negligent party and that their injury was caused by this negligence – this is known as causation. In your case, as you were working in a dusty environment, it would be expected that the site safety requirements would have required dust masks or appropriate ventilation. If that has not been done, you could possibly look to hold the site management liable. However, you would also have to prove that your throat issues were caused by the dust, so it would be important that you have presented your throat issue and difficulty in swallowing to your GP or a Hospital and for them to agree that the issue was caused by dust. Finally, as a self-employed worker, you need to check whether personal protective equipment – such as a dust mask – was not something you had a personal responsibility to provide and wear.

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  75. Mark

    I suffered stress at work 18 months ago I went to my gp at the time he put me off work for 6 weeks in this time my hair started to fall out and last January 18 I had no hair me hair was black at the time it’s comming back very slow but it’s pure white I have been to the hospital who gave me steroid to try and help but now my eye lashes have gone and my eyebrows I were a cap all the time now because i feel stupid

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  76. andrea

    i have a valid light duties ssp and my supervisor keeps ignoring it and giving another member of staff a lighter load ,i opened up and said something to him and he keeps doing it every week, i finaly rang my manager and spoke to him and then a trade union member stepped in shouting uninsured jobs at me and then people should play by the rules and then i was that upset i walked out and the union rep member said are you jibbin the job then i feel very upset and hate going into work i work in an all male inviroment and am very depressed as i get are you staying a full shift or what time you going home very sarcasticly ,yet there are other members on site that go home and nothing gets said to them

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you spoken with senior management or your HR department regarding the actions of your supervisor?

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  77. Pippa

    I have been bullied by my line manager since I returned from maternity leave in 2016, things went from bad to worse and now over two and a half years on I will be on my 10th week off sick which as a single mum is financially devastating. I suffer with severe anxiety and depression which they are all fully aware of. My line manager laughed about me to my colleagues about me committing suicide and ridiculed my illness to my colleagues, then proceeded to tell me “I don’t f*****g care” when I explained I was mentally unwell. I am the 7th person on my department to raise a complaint regarding the same issues. I had asked to be moved departments but they wouldn’t allow me too. I raised a grievance in January 2019 and the outcome was that “I am the problem” – the same outcome everyone else had received. I put in an appeal and since February they are still ignoring me, leaving my mental health at a point I am seeing a psychologist. I am at my wits end, what can I do?
    Thank you. Pippa

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have two possible routes to pursue action against your employer. We may be able to help with a claim for work related stress and anxiety, but such claims are very hard to succeed with. We do work with a specialist Solicitor who is able to advise in detail on such enquiries. Should you wish to go down that route, please email me (ian@direct2compensation.co.uk) and I will respond with a simple one page questionnaire for you to complete and return. On receipt of the questionnaire, we can then pass this to our specialist Solicitor who can then liaise directly with you to advise as to whether or not you can claim compensation for work related stress and anxiety.

      The other area that you should look in to would be under employment law and your rights in that sector. It could be that you have a valid claim under employment law – perhaps for constructive dismissal? However, we cannot advise with any expertise in this sector and would strongly recommend that you make enquiries with an employment law Solicitor to discuss your situation with them.

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  78. Debbie

    I was employed as a mobile chef initially. I was then asked if i would consider taking on a different job as a gardener interacting with schools on varios sites and a farm. My problem is that i feel that i am being bullied by the person i work with. He has on several occassions put in various complaints to management. I have had my probation extended and he continues to make me feel intimidated knowing that a suffer with anxiety diagnosed by my doctor
    They have now threatened to sack me.
    What can i do please
    Thank you debbie

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that you need some specialist employment law advice, so we would recommend that you make enquiries with an employment specialist law firm.

      However, if you are beginning to feel stressed and anxious as a result of the workplace and how your employer is handling your employment, it is vitally important that you make written representations to your employer outlining your concerns and allegations. By putting a report to your employer in writing means that they have been notified of your concerns and have an opportunity to resolve them. If the employer then fails to resolve your concerns, you would at least have given them every chance to sort the issues out and would then be free to discuss the issues with a specialist Solicitor.

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  79. Trevor

    My employer has failed to staff my work place properly and our level of stress has increased. I have had a Heart attack and believe the increased level of stress is a contributing factor. Can I claim compensation.

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    • Ian Morris

      Have you ever made written representations to your employer regarding your levels of stress and the increased workloads placed upon you due to a lack of sufficient staffing?

      To make a claim against the employer for work related stress, the employer must be shown to have known that you were struggling and that they have failed to act on reports of concerns.

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  80. JoDee

    My husband was a Neonatal Specialist in a group covering 4-5 hospitals in our area. He was required to work 24/7, 21 days per month. In other words, he was constantly on call with very few days off. Call would require him to answer the phone at any time and many times jump out of bed in the middle of the night to get to the hospital and be there the rest of the night. Then he would have to be there the next day for rounds and may have to work all day. This was obviously too much for anyone and he did it without complaining. Then he had a stroke. He was on call and had just gotten home from work when it happened. Is there anything we can do? He has since lost his job due to his disability. They work these physicians way too hard and should be hiring more doctors for the group for better coverage. This practice is owned by a national company that cuts corners to the doctor’s demise.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your Husband may have a claim against his employers, but there are some obvious issues that would be problematic in terms of succeeding with such a claim. Under UK law, to succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation, the claimant must demonstrate a causal (causation) between their work and the injury/health issue involved. Whilst there is a logical link in your description of your Husbands workload and subsequent stroke, that does not necessarily mean that the stroke can be proven to have been caused by workload. The other issue is whether or not your Husband ever complained (in writing) to the employer of the extensive workload and pressure upon him? Under UK law, it is important that any grievances or concerns are addressed to an employer in writing. This gives the employer an opportunity to resolve or rectify any issues. If they were advised in writing and then ignored that, there could be a claim against them.

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  81. Kelly

    Hi I walked out of my job over two weeks ago due to a manager being on my case for months basically work overload no staff always being on your own. Which has caused me stress.The day I walked out he followed me into the car park. The next day he was ringing me on social media and I’m not friends with this person on social media obviously guilty. There is more to this but just wondered if I had a case.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may have a claim under UK employment law and employee rights legislation, but this will need to be considered by a specialist Employment Law Solicitor.

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  82. Samuel

    Hi, I suffer with historic PTSD which causes severe social anxiety and an inability to communicate in times of stress or concern. This has been made aware to my employer in writing.
    My employer offered me the opportunity to be placed on an out of hours on call rota. This was first offered in August 2018 to myself and two others. From August 2018 until the beginning of January 2019 the placement was put on hold for all concerned due to the end of year rush. I’d asked again during January whether it was still happening and was assured a trial week would be happening after the two others had theirs.
    When the time for my own trial week came around, 2 days before I believed this was to happen, I chased the person responsible asking if any updates on me starting were available.
    It has now been 3 weeks since sending that email, and I’ve had no contact regarding it. On the same day, I’d sent the same person another email which was completely unrelated and received a response within the hour. I checked the newly written on call rota myself, and can see the other two employees included in it for the entire year, but not myself.
    I’m now left in a heightened state of panic and anxiety that is quickly leading to return trips to my GP. I’ve also had to take days off sick due to the terrifying reality of having to interact with this person and other colleagues in a normal capacity, convinced they’re now all ignoring the situation.
    Could you please advise whether this constitutes unfair treatment and/or discrimination?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is hard to advise as to whether or not you have been unfairly treated in this particular instance. Clearly, your employer is aware of your previously disclosed PTSD diagnosis and therefore they should, where possible, take this in to account with regards to the way they manage your work and communications with you.

      At Direct2Compensation we do work with a specialist Solicitor who has expertise in work related stress compensation claims – an area of specific knowledge and expertise – and we can, if applicable pass a claim enquiry to them.

      However, before we go down that route the sensible course of action would be for you to put your concerns to your employer in writing. I realise that you may feel anxious about doing so, but it is vital that your employer is made aware (in writing) of your current worry in order that they have an opportunity to remedy the situation with you. It could be that there is a simple explanation to this situation that puts your mind at rest and it would be reasonable to afford the employer the opportunity to provide such an explanation.

      If after receiving your written concerns, the employer is unable to offer a reasonable explanation to you, you could then make further enquiries with regards to a claim for work related stress compensation.

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      • Samuel

        Thank you very much for the invaluable information.
        I will look to seek an explanation into the reasons why others have been offered the additional work and subsequent remuneration where I have not.
        I don’t feel there could be a valid excuse to withholding information I’ve already previously sought.
        Another factor to this is that previous rotas have included a total of 5 on call workers at a time. At present, 3 members of senior staff and the 2 other employees that were offered the opportunity have been taken on. A 6th would in fact reduce the total amount of additional pay received per person per annum, and I believe this is the likeliest reason why I was denied the chance – hence the avoidance I’ve seen regarding my enquiry with them.
        Given my predisposition, I can only feel that any avoidance to my questions is due to prior knowledge of my inability to take action in difficult situations.
        My concern is that in raising this further with them, it may allow them the opportunity to legally push me out of my standard position.

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  83. Dave

    I put a grievance in to my manager about 4 supervisors who were breaking the rules within my work place (favouritism, overtime management etc…) and the manager had shared the information i gave along with my name, to the supervisors in question.
    They obviously didn’t like what I had to say and let out the information of my grievance onto shop floor with the false implications that I was grassing/snitching on everyone. I received a lot of stress/bullying after that from people embarrassing me in the locker room, graffiting about me, writing snitch and grass on my locker and in my work area when I emailed my manager saying I was disappointed to hear that he’s used my name, he then replied with “people cant keep things to themselves” (yes you’re one of them) my whole workplace is unpleasant and upsetting for me to work. everyone looks at me differently and I have been on antidepressants for 6 months and I have had a lot of arguments, the only thing keeping me here is the money to provide for my family.

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    • Ian Morris

      I am not an expert in employment law, but under UK employment law it could well be that your employer has contravened the regulations. Have you put your objections to your Manager about them divulging your details to the work force in writing? If so, I would recommend that you speak to an employment law specialist.

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      • Dave

        Yes I have, he replied with… Sometimes people can’t keep things to themselves

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        • Ian Morris

          You should certainly make immediate contact with an employment law specialist.

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          • Dave

            Was it bad for him to respond like this then because I was surprised myself I have the email to prove it as well

          • Ian Morris

            Whether or not it was unwise for such a response to be given, it is important for you that you have evidence by way of the email correspondence to demonstrate their actions. Again, I would recommend that you make contact with an employment law Solicitor.

  84. Anoop

    I am working as a Hotel Manager for a chain of hotels group in London.

    Recently my employer transference me to another Hotel without my will and without giving me a transfer notice in writing. The reason behind the transfer was given verbally and I was told that they wanted to sack my general manager and I was moved as I am close to him. I am yet to understand the allegation against me.

    I am stressed and anxious and unable to sleep and I am writing this note at this point of night. I am a heart patient with blood pressure diabetes. I fear I loose myself because of the current situation as my new work place is not treating me well and I now do not feel like going to work.

    Is there any help i can receive where i can overcome this situation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      My initial view is that you should make contact with an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity to discuss this situation as much of what you state relates to employment law rather than personal injury. As Direct2Compensation specialises and has expertise in Personal Injury law, we cannot advise you on employment law matters.

      However, in terms of personal injury compensation for work related stress we can say this. Before you have any recourse against your employer, you need to formally make sure that your employer is made aware of your concerns and worries in writing. To this end, you should write to your employer immediately, copying the letter to your Line Manager and HR Department explaining the recent turn of events and how you are now feeling stressed, anxious and concerned.

      By making your concerns known to the employer in writing, they are being put on notice that you are not happy and this gives them an opportunity to address the situation. Simply mentioning stress and worries verbally is not sufficient as there needs to be a written notice given to the employer. If the employer is unable to satisfy your concerns, you could then take out a formal grievance against them. If the formal grievance fails to rectify the situation, at that point you could then look to go to legal representation.

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  85. Conney

    I have been on a work suspension for 1 year and 5 months due to fraud allegations being made against me. I did not get my investagtion meeting until 10 months after first suspended and it is going to disciplinary hearing stage later this month..7 months after investagation meeting..
    Would appreciate your advise on my rights and how to proceed..I am totally innocent of allegations but from my research this dosent seem to factor into decisions made..

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    • Ian Morris

      We would strongly recommend that you make urgent enquiries with an employment law Solicitor regarding this situation.

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  86. Robert

    Hello,

    Since March 2015 I was working as a full time sales assistant at Sportsdirect.com, in 2016 had been awarded for 6 month in row the best sales employee in store and had the most earnings from the incentive scheme of the company in store. Tried that year to apply for a higher position, but my request was denied, reasons given, “you’re not good enough “. In February 2017 after two weeks I had a severe illness got back to work around March the 3th. On 16 March 2017 I had been diagnosed with stress at work, after more then one week of continuous bullying coming from my manager itself and his assistant which where picking on me, humiliated me in front of other colleagues, threatened me to loose my job, blaming me for others mistakes, denial of my annual leave, and more others. My gp signed me off for two weeks. After them two weeks tried to go back to work, both managers where aware about the problems I have and on my first day my manager refused for me to leave at the time I was scheduled in for and made an allegation “if I hear you one more time…you want to go home” and didn’t denied it in the grievance I’ve submitted, but didn’t finished the sentence…and “ you came later than everyone “ which was the time they had booked me in for, also refused my annual leave in front of other colleagues which I had booked it in January that year. They were still giving me to much work, and accused me of theft in a bonus scheme they have, which was not true, humiliated me in front of other people requesting me to leave all the customers and go to speak with him, then making allegations as” I will make you problems” which forced me to get the second note with stress, until june when for the second time I was trying to leave everything behind and return to work, when I was going to find out that nothing was changed and I was still getting blamed for mistakes, for not doing my job, even if I was trying to recover and request their help they were giving me hard time, picking on and the worst of all, they blamed my partner which was working at the same store for something that she didn’t had training for which ended with her being sacked for nothing, and with me trying to end my life for the third time, the first and second been between March and June. I was signed with severe depression since June 2017 and haven’t been able to go back to work at all. In al this time since March 2017 I was tacking medication and tried to have wellbeing sessions to recover but my health was being affected more and I stopped to go at sessions, my hall life changed dramatically, being unable to cope with other people at all, having panic attacks, anxiety problems, being unable to get out from the house, sleep, eat and many more…I am looking to get help and end this nightmare which I’m in for so long. I went to a grievance with the company which ended with them offering me a position in a different store. I had been declared bankrupt in October 2017 being unable to repay my loans of £ 30000. There is any possibility for me to have a claim or to get some help? I am not looking to go back to work for this company and I don’t know what road to choose.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have two possible avenues to investigate with regards to your legal rights and possible claims.

      Firstly, there is employment law and your rights under such legislation. It could well be that you have grounds to make a claim on that basis, but you would need to seek specialist advice from an employment law Solicitor.

      Secondly, there is a legal right to claim compensation for work related stress and anxiety. However, succeeding with such claims is notoriously difficult and a claimant will only succeed if there is a detailed history of written reports being made to the employer of your concerns and need for assistance.

      At Direct2Compensation we do work with a specialist law firm who can help with claims for work related stress compensation. To further investigate whether or not you can claim compensation for work related stress, we would ask you to complete a simple one page questionnaire that we would then pass to the specialist Solicitor to review. The Solicitor would then contact you to discuss the feedback on your questionnaire and advise you as to whether or not you have a valid claim for work related stress compensation.

      You can take this further with us by calling us on 01225430285 or by using the ‘start a claim’ page of our website.

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  87. Dee

    Hi, I’ve was in my temporary job for 6months then my contract ended, I then got a full time position one month later for the same job. After 6 months on probation I got told on the last day that it has been extended by 6months with no prior warning. This caused me a lot of stress as I had been given double the work load I have had previously done and on top of this I was having to cover the work load of other members of staff who where off on sick. I gave my manager a report highlighting my concerns and nothing was done my work load was increase again. Due to this I was signed off on a stress related illness. After two weeks on sickness I received a letter informing me of my terminations, is this legal

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    • Ian Morris

      Employment law differs to personal injury law and as such, it is hard for us to advise on the legality or otherwise of the actions of your former employer.

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  88. Matthew

    I returned to work after being of with stress at work, the company agreed to give me a lessor role ie from supervisor to foreman then on my third day had a meeting with the foreman and added supervisors work to the foremans, after one more shift i could noy cope and I am now of sick again with stress at work.
    I got a call after I told a supervisor that i was not coming to work I did not say why but i have a sick not of the doctor later that day i got a call from a manager asking why i was not going to work and i told him I was stressed he then suspeneded me, The call then ended I text asking for this in writing but got no reply what should I do, Shall I email the sick not and wait ?.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should pass the sick note to the employer. For any employment law issues, you should make contact with a specialist Solicitor operating within that sector.

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  89. Antek

    I’m working as production operative in big factory from 3 years. Since young age I have got heart problem and low blood sugar before I start my employment I told the company about my medical history and I kept them always updated. However the line manager ignored my problem and he treated me unfairly. I been harassed at work by some colleagues because I complain about there behaviour at work place and using offensive language and racist words. I tried informally to solve this problem but the line manager didn’t co-operate. I been diagnosed with high blood pressure in December 2018. I raised formal grievance against the line manager supervisor and some colleagues. The company started an investigation which took about 2 months during this period I been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. By the way work colleagues sent Facebook messages to my wife from fake accounts to tell her that I cheated on her with some girls at work. I report that case to the police and I raised second.grievance against some colleagues. Now I’m off sick and I started psychological treatment. The company trying to Close the cases and they transferred me to another team. Please advise me what can I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      You may have a valid claim for work related stress. However, such cases are notoriously difficult to pursue, so certain criteria must be met. To that end, we do have a specialist Solicitor who can consider such claims for you. To start the ball rolling, we’d need you to complete a simple one page questionnaire that we would then be able to pass to the specialist Solicitor who could then advise you directly regarding your rights and any possible claim.

      To start this process, please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website.

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  90. Graham

    If the police break your door down and this leaves you in a bad way (psychologically scarred), can I claim for this?

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    • Ian Morris

      The Police are legally authorised to raid property and break through doors should they have a legitimate reason to do so. The Police don’t have to find criminal activity going on or even pursue a criminal charge after a raid, but as long as they are acting on evidenced based investigations and have the appropriate warrants in place, they can go about their business.

      If such an incident has happened to you, you won’t have a valid claim against the Police unless they did not have a warrant and had not acted legitimately.

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  91. Vicky

    I’m unsure what to do..
    I have been diagnosed with alopetia through work stress and now having to take unpaid leave, do I have a leg to stand on with this? I’m a 25 year old female with the world on my shoulders, embarrassment and anxiety has now reached a new high as well as stress, please help 🙁

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you informed your employers that you have been struggling? To have a chance of succeeding with a claim for work related stress, an employee needs to have put their employer on notice of their issue – in writing. This enables the employer an opportunity to resolve the situation. If they then fail to take any action, a claim for work related stress could follow.

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  92. Joanne Proudfoot

    I have just been told by letter I’ve been made redundant following a TIA (mini stroke) 4 days ago.
    All staff were advised of the possibility of redundancies last November 18 and I have been sick with worry and stress about it since then. Being 53 I’m worried about finding another job to support my family. I’ve discussed this with my boss on many an occasion and asked that they make a decision rather than hang it out for any longer than necessary. Having suffered the stroke on Saturday I ended up in hospital Tuesday and advised work, I have now Received a letter on Thursday that I’m the one chosen. Is this legal?

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    • Ian Morris

      You are asking questions of employment law rather than personal injury law and as such, we can’t answer. Whilst it is understandable that you would have been stressed about the risk of redundancy, you would not be able to claim personal injury compensation as a result of this issue.

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  93. Robert

    Hello, I am a design engineer for a Global leader in prestige cars, based in Crewe.
    as a design engineer i have to drive the cars I am evaluating and try to replicate the failure of components that a customer may see.
    on 19th July 2016 i sadly had a car crash whilst performing test runs in a prototype car. Prior to the crash I had verbally expressed concern that the test vehicle had incorrectly specified tyres fitted. the tyres were winter spec tyres, and so over 6 degrees centigrade their performance was less effective than all weather tyres. we were conducting hot weather trial tests and the road temperatures can get up to 60 degrees.
    During the tests it was becoming apparent thet the tyres were breaking down and bits of rubber were breaking away.
    still i expressed concerns and told the chain of command at the company that i was feeling the car lose grip more and more with each test run.
    with 3 remaining test runs to complete, i was told that we had performed over 20 runs and so 3 more should be fine.
    I then conducted the pen-ultimate test run and the tyre performance failed resulting in a very high speed crash, destroying the car. the car somersaulted with me inside and i suffered a list of injuries. i was taken to a clinic in the Spanish town of Granada, but due to language barriers I only had an x-ray to my Wrist.
    My injuries were : a fractured bone inside my wrist, bruising to my lungs, suspected fracture to 1 or 2 ribs, compression in the lower C-spine, severe crush to the left testicle, facial cuts and burns from Airbag deployment and spectacles punctured my face. wrist burns from airbag. and from then until now I have suffered from Depression and have been on medication for depression ever since.
    My management team tried to attribute the accident to driver error, and when i objected they conceded that the tyre spec was wrong for the test temperatures.
    i have never made a claim as i am fully aware that it will cost me my job with this Company, but also i know I may run out of time to register a legal case

    please advise me of your thoughts.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The number one issue that we can see here is that you were taken to Hospital in Spain. As such, we assume that the accident happened in Spain?

      Even though you were at work, the accident didn’t happen in the UK and as such it is unlikely that you would be able to pursue a claim via the UK legal system.

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  94. Gloria

    I been signed off work due to stress at work,manager gave me a very bad review and due to this end up giving me to do tasks on top of my work which according to her should help me improve but it actually just cause me stress.
    She keeps giving negative feedback correcting my English, saying my grammar is wrong, given me email of how it should look like,made me feel like I’m nothing. I been in the job for over 23 years and never been treated this way.
    My health is suffering can’t sleep,been having headaches ,constant worry,in tears, never felt so low in my life

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should make a written report to your employer regarding your concerns and how you are being made to feel. This would place your employer on notice of an issue and give them an opportunity to remedy the situation. If the employer fails to take any appropriate steps, you should then take a formal grievance out against them. If your symptoms persist, you should speak to a GP and then seek legal advice regarding a possible claim for work related stress compenation.

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  95. Ann

    My daughter is suffering from severe anxiety Her work is in process of discipline her for months she received no support or guidance.She now unable to work Her position is a supervising social worker.
    Her work at present are still paying her but have never enquired after her health
    At one point they did provide some councilling but she was never advised to seek medical help after these councilling sessions her support from work dismissed
    She then got a new manager who then went out of her way to prove my daughter incompetent at her job by approaching foster careers who my daughter supervised asking them inappropriate questions regards my daughter.
    This same manager buys gifts for the company owner and family and seems to have turned the owner against her
    The same manager has forbid my daughter contacting anyone associated with her Job
    My daughter is severely anxious and feels very isolated
    She did take a gift of monies from a foster career who actually insinctently forced this money on her My daughter now agrees this should not have happened but she felt at the time it was offensive not to have taken the gift
    My daughters fosrer careers that she not only recruited for the company but supported them in their Job of fostering
    Can she claim for servers anixciety against her work

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is a right to claim compensation for work related stress. However, succeeding with such claims is notoriously difficult.

      It is very important to ensure that the issues your daughter is having are reported to the employer in writing and that she seeks medical attention regarding the issue. She should demand certain support and changes from the employer and allow them an opportunity to remedy the matter. Should they then fail to make any changes or help her in any way, she may be able to pursue a claim for compensation.

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  96. Alma

    My husband is unable to work because of an illness that has been Mis diagnosed by several clinicians and as a result he is now having financial difficulty to make meet ends and now in arrears to pay rent can he claim for compensation and where to claim

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your Husband has been the victim of clinical negligence, he may be able to make a claim for clinical negligence compensation. To make such a claim, he should seek the expertise of a specialist clinical negligence Solicitor and discuss this further.

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  97. Judy

    Hi
    I have a pre-existing condition which is classed as a disability, but I am not registered as disabled. This was diagnosed prior to my employment and the employer is aware. Neither conditions are visible. I now find myself off sick with work-related stress that has exasperated my condition. Through the period of my 1st year there I have made the ‘boss’ aware along with colleagues of issues I am having with my condition, this has fallen on deaf ears with no consideration or adjustments made. I’ve just got on with it and faced both bullying and discrimination. I have raised this with the necessary functions, but the treatment became worse. I just kept going. Due to work-loads, change of responsibilities with another member off ill, all of a sudden I find myself in yet another situation (not the first time, this has happened on multiple occasions) of a huge new responsibility which I have looked forward to for some time, along with other commitments in my role. Next to no training and when a mistake is made or I ask for help I am on the end of bullying tactics. To my surprise, I came home and had a full on emotional break down leading to immobility issues which lasted 4 days. My doctor has been aware of the issues faced at work and the impacts on my health, my condition is getting worse and not better. I’ve been signed off for a month. I am worried sick about having to go back and being contacted for a meeting so early on. I am not a repeat offender when it comes taking time off sick. Do I have grounds to raise a grievance?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that you need to seek the advice and assistance of an employment law specialist at the earliest opportunity.

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  98. zbigniew

    Hello. I need analysis of my documents.
    I have legal cover in home insurance from 16.11.2018
    Which include topics about (maybe constructive dismissal) harassment and discriminations and the stress involved
    And i want to know the following:
    -Cost of such analasys
    -An estimated chance of a win
    -If the chance is going to be above 50% will you be able to take no win no fee.
    -Do I have strong foundation to constructive dissmisal and how and when is it best to resign to not to lose the opertunity to make the case in tribunal.
    -Will you stand in my name for home insurance or legal cover
    – At what level of recomensation can i count on and what can i demand in the decision of ACAS.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to discuss this matter with an employment law Solicitor.

      Reply
  99. Carol

    I have off work with work related stress since October… in a without predudice conversation lt was discussed that l would leave …. l have been offered four weeks pay in Lew if notice and can leave soon as and one month pay which l still have covered by a sick note…. l think this is unfair as l am 60 and will find it hard to get another job and l have been bullied what should l do…. l work for an academy in education

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In the first instance, I would strongly recommend that you speak with an employment law Solicitor or discuss the situation you have been in with a trade union.

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      • Carol

        My union are involved but feel they just want it over and done with…. l asked to be paid up until July as a settlement which l think is reasonable but there offer is far to low…. it is and has been very stressful for myself and my family ….. l am not the first person this has happened too either thank you

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  100. Tia

    I have left my previous job two months ago due to being sexually assaulted multiple of times and emotionally abused/manipulated by my coworker. After 3 weeks in I was sexually assaulted which gave me Pstd symptoms e.g substance misuse and drug taking,crying and difficult sleeping. I had only turned 18 and the guy way 32 years of age. I made it clear to him that I didn’t like him and when I family zoned him he threatened me, he always got angry when I was speaking to other guys in the office, he would get angry if I didn’t answer his questions or whenever I didn’t want to talk to him or whenever he demands me to sit down. This gave me extreme heart pupilatatons and distress

    I did not tell anyone what happened because my safety was threatened, I was scared and I didn’t know who I could speak to It carried on and all of my colleagues guessed something was happening with me.

    I left and now suffer with depression.

    Prior to working I was not familiar with the the sexual harassment policy and was not aware of HR being within the company.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law does offer protection in such scenarios, but as you have not officially reported this situation to anyone at work it is unlikely that you could succeed with a claim against the employer.

      Employers have a duty of care to their staff but can only act and support staff when they have been made aware of a problem.

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  101. Ali

    Ian – I work for a local authority. I also have a brother with special needs who is going through an assessment with the same local authority. The Disabled Children Services team sit on the floor below me. There have been delays since 2012 in getting the support we need for him. I have been leading on this as my brother lacks mental capacity. I recently engaged in a telephone conversation (outside of work time) with one of the team members which ended up heated and the call was terminated. The person who I spoke to (as she knew I worked there) then called my DD asking to speak to my line manager. I said to her over the phone that the matter I spoke to her about was private and non-work related. She then called again and a colleague provided these details. I ended having a panic attack and humiliated.
    What can I do, especially as the matter was not work related?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The issue you have is not a personal injury related matter and we cannot therefore advise.

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  102. David

    Hi Ian,

    I joined a company recently where there was the opportunity to be a part of the creation process of a new project with flexibility around working hours, after being tempted away from a stable employment elsewhere. I took a pay-cut, but the career opportunities discussed in the interview were much better than I could get at my old job.

    Having arrived at the new job, I’ve discovered that
    a) the the new project has been cancelled
    b) the working hours aren’t flexible at all, and they are even threatening a formal procedure over my arriving late to work – even though only 2 previously I was told by the same manager it wasn’t a big deal
    c) another member of staff (who is level with me in the company) has made numerous aggressive and derogatory statements about me. One such comment was “follow our processes or leave”, even though the interviews said I would be encouraged to look for ways to improve process.

    All of the above, combined with trying to adjust to the strange working hours (7-3, not 9-5) have lead to several physical and psychological symptoms of stress. (e.g. weight gain, irritability, wounds appearing and/or not healing, major loss of sleep).

    If this was happening after a few years of employment then I’d be much more confident, but this is all taking place during my probationary period.

    Is there a claim for personal injury here, and does being in a probation period affect the ability to claim?

    Thanks for any response.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Sadly I do not see a Personal Injury claim being possible in this situation.

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  103. TERRY

    Work are paying my counselling fees for something I suffered through work. It’s been 2 years.. They want to stop paying. Can they ask for a report on what I’m being treated for now and can they stop paying the bill.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the employer is paying your counselling fees, it is likely that they will wish to review that and ensure that they are still paying for what they should be paying for. Of course, if you are receiving treatments that are not for issues relating to your work it would not be fair or reasonable to expect them to pay these costs.

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  104. Simon

    I have been off work now with work related stress for 7 month,and I’m due to return in two weeks only because of the financial impact this has had on me.the stress I was under went on for years eventually leading to black outs,dizziness, insomnia,blurred vision,sickness and worrying about my own sanity.ive now been on .medication to calm me down since being off work…would it be worth my while making a claim .
    Kind regards simon

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have a right to make a claim, but claims for work related stress are notoriously difficult to succeed with. To have any prospect of succeeding, you will have to demonstrate that your employer was aware of your health condition and there should be written records showing that you had complained of your situation and requested help or changes to your work that were ignored by the employer. If you have these, you may have a claim.

      If you didn’t report any concerns in writing prior to becoming extremely unwell and unable to work, your employer will defend any claim on the basis that they were not aware that you were struggling. The courts would most likely then find that they had not had any opportunity to reduce the risk of you suffering work related stress.

      If you verbally reported concerns and mentioned that you were struggling to cope, it is unlikely that the employer made any record of this.

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      • Simon

        Hello Ian,
        Yes I have a the master copy of a letter I sent the company with my concerns.also numerous screen shots of texts between me and different managers and area managers basically squealing out for help my doctor has also seen these texts,,,I have documented photographs from the last few year of issues that stress me out also,witness statements if needed.the list goes on.

        What would be the advise for my next step

        Kind regards simon

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  105. Claire

    Hi,
    I have an under active thyroid which means I have a low immune system and get really cold easy ( along with other symptoms). I told my employer this before I started 2 years ago. I recently come down with the flu. I took a day off but management was complaining my Bradford index was high so I went in the next day. I was really poorly and really cold however they took the portable heater away. This caused me to develop pneumonia and I was signed off sick. They are now refusing to pay me because my Bradford index is high even though under active thyroid is covered by the equality act 2010. This has caused my depression and anxiety to sky rocket as I’m not worried about how I will cope financially this month. Will I have a case if I decide to take it further?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need the advice of a specialist Solicitor working in employment and discriminatory law.

      Reply
  106. Andrew

    I endured bullying in a mental capacity at work all my communication has been ignored by my former employer to resolve this I left my employer two years ago can I continue to pursue a case against theme or is there a time limit .

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to seek advice from an employment law Solicitor. The query you raise is not a personal injury matter so it isn’t something we can advise you on.

      Reply
  107. Mike

    Hi Ian for around 8 years I had asked my employer why I wasn’t getting the same rate of pay as the others doing the same job as myself. I was told it was Because I had been off with depression caused by relationship and child issues . Then whenever I asked for retraining it was said again that because of my attendance record for the same issues that I would not be put forward for the training. In 2015/16 I had been unfairly treated by a supervisor on several occasions ranging from being bullied to her ripping up a holiday form and laughing in my face. This casued me to have several months on sick with stress and depression. This was also tied in by the fact management had a running in house joke that if anything had broken it was my fault. This caused me to slip into a real bad state of mind for around 4 months. When I returned to work the same supervisor carried on with the same behaviour but on a lesser extent for a while but when I complained I was told ” that’s just how she is and she retires next year so basically that’s it ” in 2017 I joined a trade union and I became work place rep and health and safety rep. From day one I was questioned and quizzed about my reasons for it and was asked am I just doing it to cause trouble. I had been stopped from attending training courses because I was told I was a key worker. When I questioned this and asked if I’m a key worker why don’t I get paid as one and that I would be put an illegal deduction of wages claim in . From then on it got worse I was having people ask me if I got paid 5k for being a rep as that’s what a supervisor was saying and then I was refused a days leave because it was too late yet others regularly got leave no problem at all with less notice. My manager addmited they had been paying me wrong and they knew about it for a long time and the they had decided to pay me back pay as long as I withdrew my subject access request ( SAR ) I had requested. I thought great at last but from then it got worse they tried to say it was not from 2011 but from 2013 and when I explained that the date was wrong my manager suggested that if. I dropped the claim going to 2011 and accept the deal from 2013 he would allow me time off to attend an operation my daughter desperately needed and he would pay me for the week. I said no . Then last year management went to a very good friend who was under pressure at work and told him I.had been making threats against him all in true the colleague confronted me and to calm the situation I left my work place and have been on sick since. My mental health has gotten worse . Im now despite getting the back pay worse off than I was and my feelings about how I have been treated are absolutely unreal I suffer anxiety when I hear about work or go past my work place. I have been to occupational health and I have heard nothing from work regarding the findings.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The situation you describe is not one of a personal injury matter. That said, it is clearly something that has caused you a great deal of distress and as such, you should make contact with an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity to see if you can do anything with regards to a claim under employment law.

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  108. Tracy

    I was very happy in my work place until 3 months ago when a new manager started and since she started I felt undermined bullied and made fun off and basically felt like I was being treated like a dog I wanted to put a complaint in to head office but never had time to see me but was told to see my manager of course I wasntchappy due to fact it was about my manager she treated me differently than some other employers she’d upset me many occasions made promises went back on them I couldn’t sleep at nights with worry as didn’t know what mood she’s come to work in sometimes ididnt want to go in when I did I was always getting moaned at even if I was taking a 5 min break o had recently had medical issues but sometimes refused to have 5 min break o was treated like a dog she said to me she was sorry but she wasn’t as she just laughed in your fave and carried on in I had lost weight because I couldn’t eat or sleep in the end I couldn’t cope anymore so I ended up leaving as had enough

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to address this situation to an employment law specialist or your Union.

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  109. Carol

    I have been off work with anxiety and depression,also have had two blood transfusions the past 12months also other health problems being anaemia etc ,I have had two letters work wanting me to meet at work I wrote a letter saying I wasn’t well enough physically or mentally to attend,they have now sent me another letter to attend work or my employment could be jeopardized ,can I tell them and put in writing I don’t feel I can attend with my on going situation

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you are not well enough to attend such a meeting, you should speak with your Doctor and obtain written confirmation of this and then present this to your employer.

      However, it would be sensible for you to seek employment law advice before you do anything in this situation.

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  110. John

    Hi back in 2012 I was diagnosed with accute anxiety and depression which I found very hard to live with at the time, in 2015 I started back to work as a security officer. In 2017 I stated a new job with a different employer as a security officer to which has left me off work at square one again. Although at my interview regarding my medical side I stated I was fine to which I was, will this stop me and do I have a claim please

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It would seem that your new employer has not caused your ill health or acted negligently and as such, it is hard to see how you could make a claim against them.

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  111. Matt

    Hi Ian,
    In February 2018 I was signed off with stress due to bullying and harassment. I returned to work but in October I was again signed off with severe anxiety and depression, and have been off ever since.
    My line manager has blocked all training, spread lies about me, harassed my partner making her ill and scared and has constantly undermined me to staff and stakeholders.
    A member of staff has been abusing and bullying mostly female stakeholders and harassing me, arranged for his nephew to threaten to ‘stab me to death in the street and cut out my eye’s, placed derogatory comments about me on social media and has made vexatious claims of bullying.
    My line manager witnessed the death threat but refused to provide a police statement after it was learned it was the employee’s nephew.
    I have had thefts from my office of money by this staff member and my line manager refused to investigate.
    My partner is being forced to give up her business of 8 years due to his actions. Unfortunately she rents her office through our organisation and my line manager regular visits her Just to say hello (but not to other tenants), has entered her premises when she is not there, changed the locks to a room and is advertising her premises to rent, just because she is with me.
    I have never received any disciplinary actions in my 5 years, but have received plaudits, which I believe is a reason for his actions.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe is shocking and upsetting. However, it isn’t something that we would pursue as a personal injury claim. You should address this matter to a specialist employment law Solicitor.

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  112. GIA

    Hi.

    I do work for company for 6 month on probation. I do have 50 hour contract. By contract I should work from 7am to 5pm. But everyday I coming to work 6.30am and leaving 5-6pm. In all week I do from 5 to 10h overtime which is unpaid. By time I start to feel big pressure from my colleagues and especially from manager. Pressure was that I am doing not good enough. By time I start to feel so stress out that Ive start to cry before and after work. Every sunday was crying all afternoon because next day I need go to work. One day Ive told my manager what is wrong. He just answered me “nothing do with work, its ours personal problems that you feel stress” after time I start to think that everything whats happening its only my fault and I am not good enough. Ive was thinking to commit suicide. But thanks god it never happend. But now my GP said that I have big deppresion and when I send sick note to my HR next day Ive got letter that my probation will be continuing next 3 month because I am not doing my job good enough. Now I am thinking could I take company to court or just claim something because they are biggest reason why I going now thru this hard period and almost commited suicide.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to seek expert specialist employment law advice at the earliest opportunity.

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  113. Harry

    Hi Ian

    18 months ago I was subjected to a very heavy handed disciplinary process. The company policy was disregarded, instead using underhand methods which can only be described as ‘entrapment’

    A raised a grievance which was fully upheld and written apology was given from my employer with regards to the way the process had severely impacted on my mental health.

    It would seem, raising a grievance was a mistake on my part, as there has been a continuation of adverse treatment from higher management which has led to the raising of a complaint of discrimination which has not been taken seriously and is still not resolved some 5 months later. It feels my employer is either incompetent or just doesn’t want to deal with it.

    With no previous medical record of mental health, the past 18 months have been extremely hard; prescribed 3 different types of antidepressants, serious sleep problems, not being able to switch off and extremely high levels of anxiety.

    A tribunal claim has been submitted for the discrimination aspect, but how do I proceed forward with the personal injury element?

    Many Thanks
    Harry

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You couldn’t proceed with any personal injury claim – certainly not at this stage anyway as you have not yet demonstrated that the employer has been negligent. The first thing you need to do is get specialised employment law advice and succeed with your tribunal claim.

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  114. Neil

    Hi I have worked for an aerospace company for nearly 15 years for the last 3 years I have had a new manager who has started bullying and harassing me pulling me up for inadequate work – but the same as other employees I have made this known to my HR department but they won’t listen to my complaints and keep it under wraps with her manager. Things have come to a head and I’ve been pulled again for inadequate work which has resulted in me coming off work sick under stress . I’ve seen the company doctor and my own g.p who are on my side I have been on medication for depression for a number of years and have had no support off my company at all would I be able to claim against them ???

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      At this stage, the initial action you should take is to seek employment law advice from a specialist employment law Solicitor. There could well be a route to pursue action against the employer under employment law.

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  115. i gary

    Hi Ian
    i work for a company called VIRIDOR which is owned by a large company called the PENNON GROUP
    i started off as a Major Maintenance Team Leader for the South West of England
    this evolved doing major overhauls on very large engines ,which i had no previous experience and at the interview this was noted and my skill set was outlined from the very beginning notably electrical and computer skills
    After about 3-4 months my family noticed a difference in my health and well being
    I have been picked up on numerous occasions on project management and my EXELL report writing ,but no follow up of any training to address this issue
    Due to the pressure of this i am now off on sick with severe depression and on medication
    I have used my holidays due to my time off work and being on half pay to keep my income normal
    I have also had time off work to a back injury which was caused by lack off company risk assessment

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Did you put your employer on notice (make them aware) that you were struggling with your workload and the stress you were suffering with before you were forced to take time off work on sick leave?

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  116. Anca

    Hy!
    I was suspended at work by phone by my manager on the 13of january at 21.00. Said something was brought in her attention and that I am suspended on full pay, and she will give more information the next day (14th).
    I didn’t have any contact from her until now.
    I am stressed, I don’t sleep , I don’t eat.
    What can I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to seek immediately employment law advice – either from a specialist employment law Solicitor or from a Union if you are a member of one.

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  117. Gill

    I am out of work for the last 6 months with work related stress, can I claim my lost of earnings from my company?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Work related stress claims are notoriously difficult to pursue successfully. Indeed, to succeed it is vital that the employers were aware of genuine stress and concern BEFORE any period of serious absence began. If the employer was not on notice of your situation before it became chronic, they are likely to avoid any liability as they would simply say that they did not know that there had been any issue and that they’d had no opportunity to resolve it.

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  118. Rory

    Hello,
    I was wondering if I could sue my employers for second hand/passive smoking within the work place?

    I have worked for my employers since 2003 and I quit smoking myself over 10 years ago.

    I have asked my director on numerous occasions to stop smoking within the work place as it wss making me ill and that it was against the law to do so.

    They moved into the kitchen with the doors wide open an I explained that it was still blowing back into the office which was setting my asthma off. I mentioned it at least several more times only to be advised that the director wouldn’t do so.

    My director and colleague only recently stopped smoking in the work place as I was in hospital from 11th June until 28th June 2017 but I didn’t return to work until August 2017.

    When I did return to work it was on a phased back to work starting at 20 hours per week trying to increase back to my contracted 42.5 hours per week. I had several more hospital admissions in 2017 and I have had 8 hospital admissions (over 60 days off ill) in 2018.

    I have always had asthma, but over the last 7-8 years it has been really bad and out of control.

    I only had to take 2 inhalers until 2008/2009, but I now have to take 21 different medications every day.

    My consultants have confirmed that the second hand/passive smoking has been a factor in my health deterioration.

    I have now accrued a lot of debt due to my regular hospital admissions and appointments and time off ill. All of my savings have now gone as I couldn’t get any help with paying for my mortgage, major bills, clothing and food for my myself, wife and our 3 children.

    Can you help?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whilst there is no reason for us to doubt the findings of your GP in that passive smoking has been a factor in your recent ill health, we have no viable proof that your losses and ill health were caused by the illegal actions of your employer.

      As such, my initial view is that your claim is too risky to be pursued on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  119. Aneesa

    Hi I got a job with nhs mental health, I had no support at all on the ward, in the 1st year there was 3 acting managers non supportive in any way. I was made to feel like crap by a few senior nurses and also bullied around. This become all stressful and my doctor prescribed my with anxiety tablets and antidepressants. I don’t want to leave my job but I was made to feel I had to, the acting manager accepted my notice although I had requested to be put on night shifts also occupational health had recommended this, the managers refused to let me me transfer on to different wards although other wards were happy to have me. I left 6 months ago and currently work on the bank at the same place I feel I could have kept my job if the manager supported me.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The situation you describe is one that needs to be considered by an employment law Solicitor.

      Reply
  120. Becky

    I have been in my job for 10 years and for the past 7 months been struggling with work related stress all confirmed by my GP and OCC health. This was caused by work load and bullying from senior staff which started in 2017. There are 2 other people in my team with the same issue and current mental state.

    In conversations we have had since they have verbal acknowledged that they were aware of what was happening to me but took no action to resolve. Since then I have requested I be dealt with by HR and not my manager but haven’t started a conversation regarding my case, we have only discussed my current state

    Work offered to reduce my hours but wont pay me for the days not worked in any manner. Eventually sick ran out and SSP didn’t kick in for singular days I became more unwell so for the past 3 months been off full time on a sick note. My work sick pay ran out (in October) and I am now on SSP but as its work related, can I claim for full pay? Is it easier to claim lack of care rather than miss use of sick status?

    Another issue causing me stress is I know I’m the lowest paid person in my team. If I go back to work (which I feel I need to start working again) I want to be paid more and request a level change as I am the lowest level still after the 10 years with no clear option to be promoted. My role has been adjusted and I have a new manager (Happened when I was off) but no other changes. These changes do make it easier to return rather than find another job but only if I feel valued. I haven’t felt valued for the past 2 years
    Can I use my case to assist my request for review of my pay and level or is this unwise? Is there anything I can say to work to help me or anything that might make it worse?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The advice you need is something that must be obtained from an employment law Solicitor given the nature of the situation you describe. It may well be that you could use the details provided in the way you suggest, but as Personal Injury experts, Direct2Compensation is not suitably placed to advise you on employment law issues.

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  121. Jenny

    I am currently off sick from work. I was referred to occupational health (by my work) who advised that I have severe stress and anxiety that is work related. The Occ Health advised that I take 6 weeks off, for which I got a sick note from the Doctor. I was due to return to work on 8th Jan. But received a letter in the post to advise that I am being called in for a disciplinary meeting on 9th Jan. I don’t know what rights I have as I do believe they are going to dismiss on this day. I would of been working there 23 months. If I am dismissed is there anything I can do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to seek the advice of an employment law specialist at the earliest opportunity as the issues you cite are not one of personal injury, but of employment law rights and the rights that you, as an employee suffering ill health through stress at work have.

      As you may be aware, once you have completed 24months with an employer, you have more and better protected rights than you do prior to that.

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  122. Em

    I am the subject of an investigation currently in my workplace which I believe has no grounds. The investigation has been a catalogue of procedural errors and indignities that before the Christmas break resulted in my being hospitalized for treatment of a heart condition exacerbated by emotional stress. My own HR department are the source of the stress and my union is reluctant to support a complaint. Can you help please?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The situation in which you find yourself is not one of personal injury – albeit the actions of your employer appear to have caused a serious consequence to your health.

      Under UK law, you would need to pursue any action via an employment law basis and would need expert advice from an employment law Solicitor rather than Personal Injury.

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  123. Emily

    In 2012 after34 years if service I was unfairly dismissed. I appealed abd won the case which took 11 months for the employer to complete the case.I suffered emotionally,Financially and physically.On the 1st November 2013 I was reinstated .Due to financial problems I applied for my pension fund in Dec 2012 but received itin June 2013.ihad a financial stress.Wgen I was re_instated I was not paid interest fir my loss.in June 2015 I suffered a brain stroke.I was temporarily incaoacity for2 years.At.my retirement date I was released from my duties.Im without a salary and medical aid.I receive Sassa benefit.Do I have any case?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your query needs to be addressed to an employment law specialist.

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  124. Mark

    Given the MHSWR 1999, and the guidance in HSE Management Standards, employers have a legal obligation to risk assess their own actions as managers, these being known hazards to employee mental health. What enforcement action can be taken if employers do not perform such risk assessment?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the failures lead to a workplace injury, the enforcements will include a claim for accident at work compensation. Further to this, the employer and those with responsibility could face action from the Health and Safety Executive and it would be wise to report any breaches to them.

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      • Mark

        I have reported to the HSE. HSE warned them 12 December. They have yet to take action so I have informed HSE again.

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  125. Steve

    I have been off work with stress and anxiety,certificated by my doctor ,I put in a grievance against my manger for bullying, and he admits he hasn’t been the best ,,they have paid me 4 months full pay ,,although policy says six months ,,I have lost overtime money ,,and now it’s xmas left me financially broke ,,the reason they say only 4 months pay is because I was off sick during the year so they take that off the six months ,,my union has told them that this is work related so my money should not of stopped ,,I have appealed there grievance,outcome as the person concerned was not held responsible as a bully ,but sending him on a managers course ,
    I have had nothing but further stress whilst off work ,and no help from them at all ,,they said work related stress and anxiety,does not come under health and safety ,,I beg to differ ,,what can I do now please help

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Work related stress is not a personal injury matter, but employees do have rights and employers do have obligations in this area. It is important to make sure that your employer is aware of your issue – which you have done. If the employer has not resolved the issue in your eyes, you should immediately seek the advice of your Union or a specialist Employment Law Solicitor.

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  126. Julie

    I was asked if I could help a colleague to return to work by my employer. I was moved from my substantive post for 10 weeks and moved to a different department for the colleague to be integrated back to work. After 9 months my manager came to me and informed me that she had deleted my post and created a new post and given it to the colleague that I had assisted to come back to work. Due to this I went to see my GP and told them what had happened and they put me on sick leave with management induced work related stress. I am now back in work and after 18 months they have realised that this was wrong and have given my substantive post back to me. They have issued a letter basically admitting that what happened to me was wrong. Can I claim any compensation for the stress that was forced upon me, I was off work for a period of 6 months where everyday I was crying and very upset at the fact that they could do this to me after serving in the trust for 18 years.

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    • Ian Morris

      With regards to your legal rights in this scenario, the situation you have described is something that would apply to employment law. Therefore, you should make contact with an employment law specialist at the earliest opportunity (or your Union) to discuss this situation.

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  127. chris

    my boss has been making me work 50-60 hours per week even though I have asked for less (wanting to see my son more) they gave me Sundays off but still haven’t lowered my hours to top it off now they are using false allegations against me and accusing me off stuff I haven’t done I suffer from anxiety and depression and lack off sleep which I’ve tried talking to my boss about a few times but he shuts me down and won’t let me speak about it one off the deputy mangers is really against me and making up stuff and reporting it to the manger I.e taking longer breaks when I personally time my breaks with stop watch on my phone this is making it extremely hard for me to go into work and making me not want to work there either. what can i do?.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should immediately seek the assistance of your HR department, your Union or make contact with an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

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  128. John

    I made a grievance complaint about bullying of another colleague who’d worked in the same department. An investigation was undertaken and the person was given a warning I believe. the employer did not disclose the investigation report to me. the complaint was not dealt with as a grievance but a normal complaint. My trade union had been chasing the HR department in reference to this issue but no response. I’m still suffering from anxiety issues. I mentioned this to my manager but I was told if any further incident occurs I should inform management

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    • Ian Morris

      You need employment law advice, so we would recommend that you make contact with a suitably qualified expert Solicitor.

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  129. Shelley

    I’ve been in my new manager job for 9 months, my first day I was shown a few things by a staff member (admin) staff, not my boss.
    I wasn’t given my own desk, no phone, no email address, no computer to work from for a good 6 weeks and expected to manage an office and staff with no equipment. In my 3rd month, I was sent out to deal with a physical attack allegation called in by a neighbour who was worried for her neighbour. During this visit I was assaulted, mugged for my phone so i couldn’t call the police, my mobile was smashed to bits whilst i was surrounded by 6 youths who were very violent and intoxicated. Understandably i was left terrified and got an apology off my director who said if he knew it was him he wouldn’t have sent me !
    This person was allowed to continue to come in to our shop knowing what my feelings where,
    Since then I’ve lost my confidence and avoid going on home visits alone which my boss isn’t happy about so he doesn’t speak to me if we are in the office yet he chats happily to others, he has 2 branches and 2 managers one been myself, he got asked to attend an event and didn’t invite me but he did the other lady plus his business partner which made me feel extremely hurt and embarrassed because other admin staff realised and obviously discussed it privately and then asked me why I hadn’t been invited!
    He doesn’t keep me informed about things but dies others I feel like he doesnt like me and others have noticed.
    Also we have had no toilet, washing or eating facilities for 7 months and the office is lime a building site every day.
    I’m 9 months in so do I have any grounds for compensation so i can leave?
    I have a mortgage and a disabled son to look after and the house is adapted for him I can’t afford to leave.
    I have tried to look for other jobs but I’m struggling to meet the pay they offer

    Kind regards

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    • Ian Morris

      The situation you describe should be raised with the right expert people as soon as possible. The best options here would be a trade union if you are a member and an employment law Solicitor.

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  130. reuel pryce

    Had a stroke at work a month before that i had a cracked rib from a paitent after i came back to work i had my thumb bent and nothing was done now peoople at work are spreading rumers of me taking syeroids which caused a stroke nothing been done or said i had to find out through a friend at work

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    • Ian Morris

      It is unlikely that you would be able to hold the employer responsible for the stroke – unless a medical expert was willing to link the stroke to negligence of the employer.

      However, you may be able to claim compensation for the cracked rib injury and damage to your thumb.

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  131. Diana Elena Eni

    I was the victim of bullying at work and from harassment. My supervisor even grabbed me, pushed me to the wall and they stole credit card, my shoes and put it in the service toilet. My Manager failed to provide any support & told me to go home! They never let me know anything.

    I need an advice on what to do, because I don’t know what to do – whether to find a new job etc, but I don’t want to be silenced about all the horrible things that have happened to me.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to raise your issues with a specialist in employment law. Harassment at work, whether by an employer or colleagues is not legal and it could be that you have a valid claim under employment law against your employer. However, this is not personal injury and therefore, we suggest that you make contact with an employment law specialist to discuss your situation.

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  132. TRACY

    i was ordered to leave my home of fifteen years due to structuall damage. they came at 3.30 on the monday and ordered us to leave by 3pm the next day. I had been fighting them for ten years and more….took them to court ten years ago and won …..they said the house was safe….when 3pm came the next day no one came ….no one phoned and when i phoned them to speak to them they was either in a meeting or left the building .A structual engineer came out to me and my nieghbour the next day for a second time to explain my neighbour had one week and my family could stay till just after xmas when we would need to move into a hotel….i had four vehicles to move….i actually gave one of them away as i had no where to move it to…..the stress was immense for me and my two daughters one 25 the other 16 taking her gcse mock exams ….i suffer with alopeacia and my hair has only just grew back …and now started to fall out again ….can i claim compensation for this?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you have grounds to pursue legal action against the people you place at blame for your situation is one point, whether you can claim compensation for personal injury is another. My view is that this is not a personal injury matter as you have not suffered injury. You have however, suffered great stress and it could be that the cause of this stress may rest in the negligence of people who have caused you to be left homeless – even if temporary. You will need to seek specialist advice, perhaps from the Citizens Advice Bureau to find out whether or not you can do anything.

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  133. Anthony

    I am currently signed off with work related stress. I do not feel mentally strong enough to return at the moment. Work has referred me to Occ health and they have stated I can return with support mechanisms put in place immediately. To date work has offered nothing, they just want me to return and get on with it by the sounds of it. I work 15hr shifts with only a half
    Hour break per shift! We roughly work 2 on 2 off. And with no support this has taken its toll on me mentally. I feel my line manager has a problem with me and offers no support, I have documented things he has said in my absence and how he has treated me. What can I do? I just want to feel better and return and enjoy my work, but feel I am not ready! I will be getting a call from my point of contact at work this week and I know they will just push me for my return. I am returning to the doctor who no doubt will sign me off again. The anxiety is unbearable and it’s now affecting my sleep.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should make contact with your Union if you are in one or if not, an employment law specialist. You need expert advice and work related stress is generally not a personal injury matter, more an employment law issue.

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  134. Heather

    I have handed in my notice at work and now have a hearing next week to discuss my abscences.
    I self signed off work for 5 days was never given any paperwork to sign.
    On my return I handed in my notice I have to give 3 months notice!
    And then received a hr letter saying want to discuss my abscences as they are unacceptable I want to know what is likely to be the outcome of my meeting with HR should I be worried.

    I have been off this week due to hospital scan, hospital results I had a nervous breakdown at work and so took the following day off.

    The hr letter I received from my head of learning had no date time or location for the meeting and also said the sickness policy was attached which it wasn’t. I gave the letter back to my boss and she said would get a new one printed out for me if it’s a disciplinary hearing and I receive the letter on a Friday and hearing is Monday is that descent amount of notice for me sorry for all the questions I just want to leave and seem like I’m having to jump through unnecessary hoops to just be able to work my notice.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Sadly I need to sign post you elsewhere. The issues you raise are relevant to the expertise of an employment law specialist and not Personal Injury. We would not wish to miss-advise you so I would strongly recommend that you make contact with your Union if you are in one or an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

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  135. Joyce

    My son has been suffering a mental health condition for approximately two years, since commencing work for his present employer, due to unrealistic workload. During this period he has had one month on the sick, being prescribed medication for anxiety and has had sessions with a scphycologist. However, his director was dismissed due to aleged redundancy and his new director immediately instigated unfounded disiplinary aligations which my son proved incorrect. He has since been offered a package, named “without prejudice” offering four months salary, in return for him leaving the company at Christmas. The offer “without prejudice” is through their company solicitors which he has been told to engage himself and other than the usual statements regarding industrual espionage etc contains some very unusual demands and restrictions. The offer states that this document must not be shown to any other persons other than close family, who are not to disclose its contents to others. Would it be possible for an independant solictor to examine this document and advise us to its legality.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your Son certainly does need specialist legal advice and representation in this matter – after all, the employer would appear to be using legal services and as such, it would not be sensible for your Son to interact with them without the same level of expert advice.

      Given the nature of the situation, this is something we would recommend that was brought to the attention of an employment law specialist at the earliest opportunity.

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  136. Morgan knowles

    I’m being bullied in work and 2 work colleagues made up 2 malicious allegations against me and my Manager (and higher up Manager) believed their accusations and removed me from service where I work and put me in a different service to work.
    I feel really depressed and keep on having anxiety attacks from the situation, can I go on the sick and have full pay? As it’s work related?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, the employer would not be obliged to pay your usual salary whilst off sick – even if signed off by a Doctor and even if the matter is work related, unless your contract of employment provides such benefits. Otherwise, you would only receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

      Given the nature of the situation you mention, you should seek immediate specialist advice from an employment law Solicitor as it is important that the employer followed the correct due process in their investigation of the allegations against you. If they did not and have mistreated you unfairly, you may have ground to pursue a claim against the employer under employment law regulations.

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  137. Stephen

    In 2014 I was given the opportunity to become a supervisor on Highways work from being a highway operative. For 12 months I was told I’d be put on a new contract with relevant pay. After emailing managers, HR and union rep, and being told it was being sorted out, whilst trying to continue my duties, I went off sick with stress for 3 mths. I had home visits and was referred to works doctor. His report said easy resolution would be to resolve employment issues. I was then offered a move to other work team as a supervisor with promise of relevant training in first 3 mths and eventual formal position with pay. After 6 mths none of these promises were met. I was offered another position then to become a compliance technician with pay from start date. I was even shown request to recruit and response from HR giving go ahead. After 6 mths, still no pay increase. By this time my mental health had deteriorated to the point where I could not function at work or home. I subsequently went off sick again with stress. This time for 6 mths, during which time I had home visits and referral to mental health services by GP and started on meds for depression. Again I was referred to work doctor who basically pointed out the same as previous doctors report regarding resolving employment situation and warning of possible future problems if not resolved. Returned to work with nothing resolved and attempted to continue with job. Even attempted a grievance. The outcome of which was offer of contract for the job from Jan 2018 even though I’d been in post since 2016. No offer of back pay. I struggled with signing a new contract. Mainly because I didn’t feel all past issues had been addressed and because I was still struggling mentally. I went off sick again Mar 2018 with depression. Had medication changed a couple of times and even had meds changed when I had particularly bad time and considered suicide. Had usual home visits with manager, even HR manager came along. Again I was sent to works doctor and similar report given. Tried to return Sep to no contract sorted out. Struggled with phased return and am still off sick now. I have even contacted union regional officer asking to be referred to union solicitors Thompsons regarding possibility of Personal Injury claim for poor mental health who subsequently said there isn’t a case. My employer recently sent me contract for current job role and have back dated it to Jan 2018. This, I feel this is a small step towards my recovery. As pointed out by my union regional officer, Thompsons say there is no breach of contract, or constructive dismissal if I don’t return to work. I still feel that my employer is liable. They caused my illness with lies about career progression, they were well aware of my situation having had 3 works doctor reports, yet put me back into similar situations, worsening my health. I am still trying to return to work but struggle with mental health issues. It’s not my new contract, I have issue with but the way my employer has treated me over 4 1/2 years and what it has led to.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The situation that you describe is something that needs to be raised immediately with an employment law specialist. However, it seems that you have already had legal advice from the firm of Solicitors you mention.

      We agree that you are unlikely to succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation in this matter and the fact that the issue has been rumbling on for more than 3 years could cause difficulties.

      With regards to employment law advice, we are not able to offer any to you as we specialise only in personal injury.

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      • Stephen

        Can you explain why I don’t have PI Claim please. I feel employer had plenty of opportunities to address my situation. No one followed up on medigold reports. I was just put in same situation. I’m now a totally different person. No drive, personal care is non existent leading to other minor ailments ie cyst in groin, general feeling unwell etc.

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        • Ian Morris

          It’s not necessarily that you don’t have a personal injury claim or couldn’t attempt one, it is that the prospects of successfully pursuing a claim are slim and the risks of failing the case makes it extremely difficult for any legal representative to be able to pursue it on a No Win No Fee basis.

          The courts have historically set a very high bar for such a claim to succeed and most Personal Injury specialists will share the view that it is too risky to pursue a claim in these circumstances.

          The other major hurdle you have is the time lapsed between the onset of the symptoms and now and it is likely that you would be found to be out of limitation.

          Please remember, it is not us denying that your symptoms were caused by the actions of your employer or doubting your integrity, it is simply factual experience that leads us to this conclusion.

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          • Stephen

            Sorry to bother you again. It’s just regarding me being out of limitation. Although it all started 4 1/2 years ago I wasn’t put on meds till mid 2016 when my GP put me on mild dose of anti depressants. Subsequently due to unresolved issues, my depression got worse and medication changed to treat it. I still struggle with everyday tasks and am going to try and return to work tomorrow. I never even knew that depression was classed as personal injury. Could you recommend someone to speak to regarding this.

  138. Col

    A badly executed redundancy process at work resulted in me keeping my job but moving department with significant pay cut. I was in the middle of an adoption process with a child with special needs (5 years old, anxiety) at the time and we faced losing this child if I lost my job; she had been with us for 3 months. I was diagnosed with depression and referred to a psychologist, and was signed off work. After 5 months I returned to work on a phased return, but my manager insisted I change my shift pattern from a 6/4/4 to a Mon-Fri. I informed him and HR that I needed at least 2 weeks to organise childcare as our adopted daughter has special needs, but was told it was my problem, not his. I was forced to use holidays during my phased return, which I was told would now last 5 weeks as a result of the holidays I had to take. Towards the end of this period I was again told with no notice they were extending my phased return, in spite of my work being up to standard. I complained to HR about what was being said (including being told by manager that either myself or my wife should be a stay at home parent) and during a mediation meeting my manager lied about what he had said to me, which I was able to prove through transcripts from recordings I had taken of our conversations when I felt he was abusing his position. I broke down again during this last meeting with my manager and was sent to OH, who said I was unfit for work as a result of the situation with my manager causing anxiety and stress. I have since been given a 3 month role within the company in a different department while the grievance procedure is c/o but because of my time off sick since the last meeting, I am losing almost 2K in salary, and being again forced to take holidays to mitigate financial losses. I’m feeling helpless and like I’m the only one suffering penalties. What are my options please?

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    • Ian Morris

      The query you raise is certainly something that needs expert legal consideration so that you can get the advice you need. We would strongly recommend that you seek the services of an expert employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

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  139. Sarah

    I have suffered bullying at work for over 8 years now, it was investigated by HR after i put in a grievance, the person in question was disciplined but remained in the workplace and has with a couple of other staff made my working life very difficult.
    I have recently put in another grievance and since this I have been suspended over a complaint made by a member of staff.
    I have received no support from my manager and feel along with most of the staff team that there is a vendetta to remove me from my job.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe needs to be brought to the attention of an employment law specialist at the earliest opportunity. At Direct2Compensation we are experts in personal injury Law and claims for personal injury compensation, Whilst we can’t really advise you in house with the expertise you need on the issue you raise, we can signpost you to a specialist in employment law if you need us to.

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  140. Mark

    I was signed off from wor due to work related stess and prescribed fluoxetine 40mg per day to cope as I could not sleep and did not want to face normal day to day life. This was in April 2018 I returned to work the after 1 month the company made me redundant. I have found a new role however I am still struggling to function as I feel on edge all the time as I feel I am no good anymore. This is not me as I was before this very confident and successful. The triggers for this was constant phone calls day and night including weekends from my line manager. This has all continued to me now feeling constantly on edge which is having an extremely negative effect on my life. I have a list of issues and date etc if required. Can I make my former employer take notice of this and act to stop this happening to anyone else. I my mind this is purely down to a micro manager who never switches of and expect’s others to be the same.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Employment law matters have a very strict claim limitation time frame and anyone who believes that their employer has breached employment law guidelines must act quickly should they wish to seek legal advice. To this end, we strongly recommend that you seek the advice of an employment law expert as soon as possible.

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  141. Callum

    I have been off work earlier in the year due to work related stress. This was documented on my medical certificates as ‘work related stress’. I returned to work after one month but the working environment had not improved at all. I was given a phased return at the request of my GP. My employer did the bare minimum to support this and then for the following 6 months my GP issued a reduced workload and travel recommendation. Again, my employer did little to support this request. I ended up moving to another team as a primary factor for my stress and anxiety was my line manager. However, the problem appears to be to do with the culture of the business. Nearly a year on I am no better and still on medication for anxiety and sleeping which means I cannot always travel. I am still at work but with minimal support from HR or my manager. I want to leave but cannot afford to. Do I have a case for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe is something that should be addressed to an employment law specialist as soon as possible. At Direct2Compensation, we specialise in personal injury compensation and have expertise to enable us to advise, represent and assist claimants in such matters. Therefore, we recommend that you make enquiries with an employment law specialist.

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  142. Tracy

    Can I claim compensation from my work? I am a carer & I was attacked at knife point whiles at work

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you were attacked at knife point, you may have to make a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority scheme, rather than via the employer. However, if the employer has been negligent in failing to ensure that you are appropriately equipped to deal with the risks of your job or that you were not trained in such matters, you could pursue a claim against them.

      It would be sensible for us to speak with you to find out a little more about your job, your training and what assistance/equipment your employer has provided to minimise the risks of such injury. Please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start a claim’ page on our website to get in touch with our specialist staff.

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  143. Adele

    Can i claim against my workplace for my manager causing me stress and anxiety at work. I am on medication and off work due to this. There has been an investigation but no case to answer even though i have evidence

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may be able to pursue a claim against your employer, but this will not be a personal injury matter. You should make enquiries with an employment law specialist to discuss your situation.

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  144. james

    My 86 year old mother in law has won her case against an energy company with the ombudsman. She was distressed over a period of 6 month’s during her claim. Can she claim compensation from the energy company for deceit and negligence in addition to the ombudsman’s award?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is unlikely that any further settlement award can be claimed and whilst distressing for her to have to go through this ordeal with the energy provider it is not likely that a Solicitor would pursue this further for her.

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  145. Janet

    In returning to work after a stres related/bullying issue is it reasonable to expect the employee to work with the line manager causing the problem while the grievance is investigated.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It may be reasonable in larger organisations to expect staff under investigation for such issues to be kept separate from a complainant, however in smaller firms it may simply be impossible to avoid paths crossing.

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  146. Katherine

    Hello,

    I have been working for this organisation for about 15 months, my boss has caused a lot of stress in the last year and created a really unpleasant working environment. I suffer with anxiety any way but have experienced worsening symptoms due to being stressed by the environment at work. I have notified the HR department regularly for the last year about how the office environment is causing stress, as has my colleague, however there hasn’t been any improvement. I used all the paid sick days for this year because of a car accident, but am now having to take time off because of things like migraines and abdominal pain which have been caused by stress and have recently been signed off by my doctor for work related stress. Not only is this stress causing health problems but also financial problems as I am lossing out on pay. Do I have grounds for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may have grounds for a claim, but not under personal injury law. Whilst your stress/anxiety caused by work has caused you physical pain, it would not be seen as personal injury. However, you may have rights to pursue damages against the employer under employment law. As such, you really should seek the advice of a specialist working in employment law.

      I note that you mention having to use your sick days up as a result of a car accident. This is something that we may be able to assist you with. Have you spoken with any specialists in road traffic accident compensation such as us?

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  147. Masud

    I would like to know more about making a personal injury claim against my employer.

    I work as security guard. I was bullied, harassed, victimised, and threatened at work place by my security assistant manager and a member of landlord staff only because I did not allow them to steal property (creating ghost employee for cash money) from my work place.

    I have been mentally suffering by all this past 7-8 months,I could not go to my security company cause I did not have any faith on them as they never cared and never solve any issues at work. Recently in the of September I could not bear it any more I went to the landlord to make a verbal complaint and told them the actual situation that had been going on around the estate. They advised me go to my security company and make an official complaint about the 2 persons. As told, I took a personal grievance against them & since then I have been off work with stress, anxiety and depression.

    It’s been over 7 weeks & I haven’t heard anything from my company except calling me once on fact finding meetings. My HR manager and the investigation officer told me that they will be in touch once they concluded the investigation. I am also out of pocket because they are not paying me.

    I heard from one colleague that those persons are no longer at the same place – one resigned and other one working in same company but at a different location. My employer has not contacted me or said things about investigation result.

    I am still waiting as they keep saying early next week, next week, but it never happens.

    Would you please suggest to me what I can do about it?

    King regards

    Masud

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Thank you for visiting our website. The situation you describe is something you you do have legal rights to investigate. However, it would not be a claim for personal injury compensation as the scenario you describe would relate to employment law and as such, we would strongly recommend that you seek the advice of a specialist Solicitor working within employment law.

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  148. Debbie

    I worked for the same company for over 20 years and resigned in dec 2016 due to stress at work causing health issues.
    The company have been going through a restructure starting at branches and then at head office where I worked. They said the H/O review would be 6 months but this was over 18mths when I resigned. My manager could not give reassurances or time frames. The company were taken over August 2017 and many staff have been made redundant throughout this year and last.
    My cardiologist could see on the 48hour tape test that work was the cause of my palpitations. My manager was informed of this when I resigned and he knew I had appointment to see one.
    My question is am I entitled to redundancy or some other claim as if I had stayed I would have got a good redundancy settlement. Leaving was my only option to save my health.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may have grounds to pursue a claim under employment law. However, you will need to seek further expert advice from a specialist employment law Solicitor.

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  149. Bob

    I am an operations manager in a leading (UK) construction company.
    Following various job posts being identified as ‘at risk of redundancy’ two of my team have been redeployed tomalternate contracts securing their longer term futures.
    I am now having to pick up the work load of both individuals and am struggling to fulfill the requirements of all 3 job posts and which is now causing me anxiety and stress.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The situation you describe is something you should immediately address with your employer to enable them to have an opportunity to resolve your ‘problem’. If they are unable to do that or unwilling to assist you, you should seek expert employment law advice from a specialist Solicitor or your Union.

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  150. Tania

    I work with people with high levels of drug and alcohol addictions. It’s very volatile and highly stressful. Last year I had a needle stick injury as there was no ppe available for me to use. Around 6 weeks ago I was assaulted by a resident that was under the influence of drugs and had to take time out for stress and aniexty which my employer was not happy about. I have only been back 3 weeks and a client set himself on fire in front of me and it was horrible, I have worked there over 3 years and have never had any fire training at all. I’m deeply traumatised after seing the Client on fire and having to put him out my self. He is currently in a coma and I’m unsure if he will survive this. I’m having massive panic attacks and bad nightmares about it. I really don’t want to go back to that job at all but can’t afford to leave, can you let me know your advise please

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    • Ian Morris

      What a distressing situation. Given the risks present from the work you undertake, your employer should be ensuring that relevant PPE is provided at all times and that the right and appropriate training is provided to you.

      We currently have a very similar claim going through with an expert Solicitor that represents our clients. We would be very happy to speak with you on the phone and obtain some further basic information and then pass this matter to them so that they could have a more detailed discussion with you, advise you about your particular rights and claim and you could then (if you wish) instruct our Solicitors to act for you in this matter on a No Win No Fee basis.

      We would only need a brief time with you on the phone in the first instance to obtain the basic information needed and answer any queries you may have. You can call us on 01225430285 or use our website ‘start a claim’ function so that we can call you when it suits you.

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