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. Lauren

    I’m currently suspended from work due to potential gross miss conduct, I’ve been suspended for 6 weeks currently and this is down to the failure of completing requests. I’ve not once had a phone call or email to see if I’m ok or need any support baring in mind they already were aware I suffer with anxiety. They have caused more and more stress throughout this whole process and I’ve got it in writing where I’ve told them the effect this is having on me and it’s still being totally ignored. I would like to know what my options are if I get dismissed or if they give me a warning and offer for me to go back to work.

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    • Ian Morris

      We cannot advise you on matters of employment law – such as dismissal or final warnings etc. Such issues need to be discussed with a specialist Solicitor dealing with matters of employment law.

      However, we can help with matters relating to work related stress/anxiety. If you would like to find out whether you can make a claim for compensation for the stress and anxiety issue you mention, you’ll need to email us to request an initial work related stress questionnaire. Once you have returned that to us, we can pass it to our specialist to review and they would then be able to advise you directly.

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  2. Tom

    My employer suspended me from work and his behaviour has made me really depressed. What should I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      To find out whether or not your employer is acting correcting in suspending you from work, you should speak with an appropriate expert – perhaps the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) or ideally, an employment law Solicitor.

      To protect your interests, you should make your employer aware (in writing) as to how you are feeling and address the specific elements of the employers behaviour that is making you feel depressed or stressed.

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  3. Tom

    Hi,

    My employer is constantly putting operatives at risk by not following asbestos procedures.

    The asbestos team is completely corrupt I woudnt have time to explain it all on here.

    The thing is, I can’t prove I’ve been exposed but I can prove the constant negligence, mistakes, cutting corners, cover ups etc with plenty photos and documents which has left me suffering from stress, anxiety and depression for the last 4 years or so, to this day, where it is still happening.

    I want to leave but feel trapped and worried about money to put my notice in. I don’t feel it’s fair that I’m being pushed out though and basically made to leave over fear of both my physical and mental health.

    I started to pursue this as a claim a couple of years back but everywhere I explained this to just kept telling me unless you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, there woudnt be grounds to claim.

    I understand this side of it but surely I don’t deserve to live with this daily anxiety around my job and my employer shoudnt be getting away with what they are doing.

    I’ve taken this as far as I can go within the company and they just protect theirselves by using HR and SMT to cover things up and belittle you.

    I’d really like some help with this, I’ve been suicidal at work at times (which I’ve also told them about, twice) I work alone in empty houses too and this just hangs over me.

    I’ve given them chances to correct everything and they’ve failed to do anything, time and time again.

    I would like to be paid off or recieve some compensation to help with finances until I find a way to make more money.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The potentially serious and clearly worrying health and safety breaches you mention from your employer regarding their handling of Asbestos and the possibility that they have exposed you and others to the risks of asbestos inhalation is certainly something that you should take action on. However, as you have been told previously, without having any evidence that you are suffering with an asbestos inhalation related health condition, there is no possible route to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation at this time. Whilst you may be stressed and anxious, it will be extremely hard to run a claim for that and in all probability, it is not something that a Solicitor would be able to look at on a No Win No Fee basis.

      Given your concerns about your employers handling of this matter, you should put the concerns and worries you have to your employer in writing. You should also contact the relevant authorities such as the HSE and seek their involvement.

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  4. Elizabeth

    My partner had a very stressful job and he was not coping. They sacked him then he began to deteriorate eventually after 5 months he suffered a breakdown and was sectioned under the mental health act and taken into hospital. He had severe agitated depression and anxiety. He left hospital after 3 months but was still extremely sick. He took his own life 5 months later. I believe that the stress and pressures of work drove him to this. He was a Managing Director. Can I sue this company for his suicide?

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    • Ian Morris

      We’re sorry to read of your awful story.

      Of course, the right to make a claim against the employer is there and would need to be exercised within 3 years of the date that his symptoms began. Any claim would need to be pursued by the legal next of kin.

      The issue in such a claim would likely be proving a causal link between the health issues faced by your late partner and employer negligence.

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  5. John

    Hi, I have been working for my employer for 2 years now and within the first year i went through clear racism when I was on probation and up to this day i still think about it and I know for a fact it has effected my work life in that work place.

    I had also gone out of my way and went 200 miles an assessment and they still have not refunded me for motorway miles and my overtime and its almost been 5 months.

    I had also recently been pulled into HR for being intoxicated for a substance which my colleagues falsely accused me off. This was also not true as they offered me a drugs test which i accepted however they did not go through with it and during the HR interview they noticed I was not under the influence of any drugs.

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    • Ian Morris

      This situation could well be something that should be discussed with an employment law Solicitor rather than a personal injury expert such as ourselves.

      If you have not already done so, you should make a written report to your employer regarding this situation and possibly take out a formal grievance against the employer and also seek qualified employment law advice.

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  6. Ashley

    I was embarrassed and humiliated by 3 of my bosses in the office. Accused of bad work and would not accept that someone else must have tampered with it. I was threatened to either go back to London (4 hours away) to sort it out on a Saturday everything at my own expense or return to my van and empty all my personal belongings out of it and leave. 10 minutes later I was back in the office to be given probably the worst apology just from one of my bosses when they found out I did not in fact leave the job in a bad state which left me furious and full of anger. I’m still very stressed about this as I will now continue to feel I am walking on eggshells and get anxiety everytime they try to call me.

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    • Ian Morris

      Whilst the incident you describe was clearly upsetting and it is understandable that you would feel distressed and anxious as a result, the fact that the employer has issued an apology (albeit a poor one) would likely mean that you don’t have grounds to pursue a claim.

      You should however, put your feelings as to how the employer dealt with this matter and how it has left you feeling to the employer in writing in order that should any future incidents of such a nature take place, there is a record of this previous incident.

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  7. Dovile

    I am working at my workplace over 4 years. I have raised a grievance case trough my general manager against my colleague November 2018, however it was never solved or fully investigated and now that person has left the company. During that time my health became worse, I was often sick and finally I was signed off for a month due to work related stress and anxiety. Employer only payed half of my salary as I have exceeded the sick pay limit, even if I stated that this was caused directly by the company not solving the grievance case, hence failing to provide healthy and safe environment for me.

    Later, after dealing with my health, I came back to work and soon I have found out that I am being transferred to a different store, due to me not reflecting their vision and also my “behaviours” (which were only me trying to fight against bullying).

    Even being fully aware (written in emails) of my recent work related stress leave, they have put me in a position where I had to sacrifice my sales commission, in order to help train people who are supposed to be better than me and reflect a new vision.

    Later I have expressed my opinion, concern about my sales targets and money loss as well as poor management style in a staff meeting (without any swearing or any bad language) and was kicked out of the meeting due to being negative and potentially making new staff feel bad.

    Then I have been called to a private room without given an opportunity to have a witness of my own where I have been “attacked” by two same managers who kicked me out of the meeting. They decided to demote me for a day due to my behaviour (expressing a concern and an opinion) and remove me from sales (again affecting my money and sales targets) and instead carry out basic duties in the back of house. I begged them not to do it as they humiliated me enough by kicking me out, but even seeing me in distress and one of them fully aware of my recent stress leave, they still proceeded with the mentioned decision.

    Later I had a panic attack and left work and now I am planing to call sick for the rest of the week until I start at a new (same company) store. I will be raising another grievance against them and it is not a first documented case, which leads to nowhere as the HR is always on their side.

    All of this started with them failing to solve a grievance case, hence affecting my mental health and money, due to loss in commission and not being able to work which lost half of my salary.

    Do I have an opportunity for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In order to find out whether or not you can pursue this matter as a claim for work related stress, we’ll need to present your ‘situation’ to our specialist for consideration and review.

      To enable us to do that, we’ll need you to complete and return an initial ‘work related stress’ questionnaire. Once we have that from you, we can hand it to our specialist to review and they would contact you directly to discuss this further. If you would like our questionnaire, please request one by email to: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  8. Lisa

    I suffered a relapse in my bipolar in May. I have previously been stable for 13 years. I am now under MH and have had my medication changed. The trigger for my relapse has been ongoing bullying and hart assessment by colleagues including my line manager. I have made progress and my GP has given me the all clear to return to work. My employer will not allow me to return until they have completed a stress risk assessment. Will they continue to pay me until this is completed? I don’t want to use sick leave as I am well enough to do my job.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not your employer will pay you whilst they perform their assessment will depend on the company policy and what contractual rights you have with the firm. Therefore, you will need to refer to your contract, handbook or liaise with your HR team on that issue.

      The very fact that the employer is taking a comprehensive assessment regarding your health should be welcomed though and it should protect your future rights and interests as well as those of the employer.

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  9. Katy

    Hi my manager who is 33 and I am 19 slept with me and as a nieve young girl I went along with it as he led me on to believe it was ok. As I started to fall for the things he was saying to me he was back with his wife. I still have to work with him as my manager the humiliation in work when everyone found out was horrendous for me. I have sleepless nights when going into work the next day dreading to face him or anyone else. It has caused me so much anxiety and really self conscious. I am constantly depressed and anxious when going into work with worry that people are talking and laughing at me and that at any minute he can make me feel like the smallest person in the room. I feel I can no longer work here as it’s making me physically sick but I have a baby and can’t financially just leave a job so I am wanting advice on how I go about stress compensation

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    • Ian Morris

      This is clearly a delicate situation and one can understand how this will impact on your health in terms of stress. Has your employer been made aware of any of the details of this situation at all? If not, you most certainly need to ensure that they have been informed in writing as to what happened and how you are feeling. Whilst that may be a tough thing for you to do, it is important to do it.

      To find out if you can pursue a claim for work related stress, please email our justice@direct2compensation.co.uk team and request a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return. Once we have that back from you, we can pass it to our specialist to review so that they can contact you directly with advice.

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  10. Sharon Pashley

    I have just won my appeal as I was unfairly dismissed in March. This has taken 1 year 1 month in total after I was first suspended in August 2018.
    I can now return to work as a social worker for Lincolnshire county council.
    Question: can I return to work for them & also claim for distress, loss of confidence, the disruption to my career, my family health from my employer?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Any claim for personal injury compensation (whether that be for a physical injury or emotional/psychological injury such as stress and anxiety) has no impact on the right of a claimant to continue with their employment.

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  11. Ben

    I have worked for my employer for 3 years. I was employed as a storeman. However 2 months into employment they offered me the chance to work on highways electrical and I moved over. They never changed or renewed my contract. Now in order for me to continue in my role as an electrical engineer I need to go to college to finish the qualification. They already out me through my nvq. But they have sent everyone in my team except me as I am technically a store man but I’m still expected to do my role as electrical engineer daily. I also have never had a driving licence which they knew when I took the job. They now say without a licence I am not worthy of investment. I am at a loss as I have been building up to college with my nvq on the job training and now I’ve had the rug pulled from under me. They have also started making me feel like a lesser member of the team as I don’t drive or go to college and have made me depressed and on anti depressants with the way I am treated at work daily. I have tried talking to my supervisor but he was the one who decided against college for me so he’s adamant he’s right, so I went higher to area management and then my supervisor has made my life really bad but refusing to even speak to me in the yard in the mornings and directly talking through me to colleagues. What can I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you addressed this issue and the impact on your health to your employer in writing? If not, you certainly need to do that at the earliest opportunity. You could also look at taking out a formal grievance against the employer.

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  12. Raymond Smith

    My doctor has advised me to give up work due to stress and anxiety can i claim compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      If your stress and anxiety has been caused by or worsened by your employer and you have attempted to work with them to ease the problems without them making any concessions or assisting you, you could look in to whether or not you can make a claim for work related stress compensation.

      If you email us (justice@direct2compensation.co.uk) to request a work related stress questionnaire, we can then seek advice from you from our specialist in work related stress compensation claims.

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  13. Kathleen Tiimmons

    I have been set up at work and I suffer with anxiety. I have been suspended.

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    • Ian Morris

      This matter could well need to be addressed to a specialist employment law Solicitor. However, at this stage your employer are likely to have acted correctly by suspending you whilst an investigation is being carried out. Remember, suspension is not a decision on your conduct.

      You could take out a grievance with your employer and see what the outcome of that is.

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  14. Jennifer

    I just wondered where I stand regarding this question. I have had to take VR due to my ill health.
    It started about two years ago. I was treated very badly by some people on my shift at work. I ended up having to take time off with anxiety and stress.
    Up until that time I hadn’t taken hardly any day’s off in the five years of working there. I told my manager that if I could swap shifts with someone, this would help me get back into work. Even my dr wrote twice to recommend this to my manager. Went to the occupational health at my work and he also wrote recommending the same thing. This went on for months and months. I tried to come back eventually after over a year of trying to deal with my illness that had now totally enveloped my life. Eventually my manager moved me to another area of the factory, but by this time I was so ill and couldn’t function at work or home life anymore.
    My original shift area was closing down and my manager said I could take VR. I took it hoping to get better mentally, but have now found I am so traumatised by what has happened to me and the fact that I am still very ill that it is now eight months I have been without any money coming in and I am now under even more pressure to work, but feel I can’t even go for an interview as I couldn’t handle the stress of going through it.
    Is there any hope for me to try and get my life back?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You could be able to make a claim for work related stress compensation. To find out whether we can help you with that, please email us to request an initial questionnaire to complete and return. Once we have your completed form, we’ll be able to have our expert specialist review this for you and contact you directly to offer you advice.

      You can request the questionnaire by emailing us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  15. John

    My wife was leaving work on 15 may 2019, when she opened the gate to leave several colleagues had a rifle and was firing in her direction, the person who had the gun pointed it in her direction. She has been been off work and on medication for depression and PTSD. The manager never took her seriously. She asked for help from the OH and when her case manager called he made a joke of it which made things worse. The company have referred her to one to one sessions with a councillor. She put a grievance in on 15th July 2019 and the process is still continuing with no information and no outcome. We have asked why it is taking so long but the excuse is holidays and sickness. We did report to the police but when they contacted her manager he told them that it had been dealt with. The police did not want to lose an officer for the day as this incident happened on an island. She is still off work now and does not want to go back as she feels anxious and depressed. The doctor has increased her strength of medication. What sort of compensation or settlement should we asking for?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This situation is a rather complicated one in terms of claiming compensation as there would not be an option to pursue a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority scheme as the Police have not taken any action with this matter.

      The questions to answer relate to whether the area where the incident happened is on the employer’s premises or whether the people involved in the incident were fellow employees and actually connected to her employer? We would also need to know if the air rifle activity was supervised by her employer? If so, do they have the guns out for a set time supervised by someone or do people just walk around all day with them? Are they collected up at the end of the day? Should an employee have been there and told them not to do what they did or was this a totally unsupervised spontaneous foolish act by unsupervised people? This information may help our Solicitors in getting to the bottom of whether her employer may be liable for the actions of its employees or if they are totally separate entities in which case it would be difficult to bring a case against the employer.

      With this one, it may be easier for us to pass your contact details to our Solicitors so that they can call you directly to discuss this matter.

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  16. Samuel

    I am pretty much at the end of my tether. My employer is constantly changing my hours, never gives me enough support, often I’m left alone to deal with the entire workload. My employer always tells me about leaving and the best way to do it, if they even acknowledge me that is, my duties are being redistributed and I’m having more and more piled on to me. Having heart palpitations and panick attacks daily just at the thought of going into the office now! And I never even get my holiday’s because they always reject them. Surely there’s something I can do?

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    • Ian Morris

      With regards to the stress and anxiety that you are suffering with as a result of your employers handling of your work, you do need to make sure that your employer is made aware of the issues – in writing. You should inform them of your concerns, the way you are feeling and query the constant changes to your hours and refusals to grant Holiday requests. If you have already done this and the employer has done nothing, you could look further in to whether or not you can make a claim for work related stress compensation and should contact us by email to justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request our questionnaire to complete and return.

      You may also wish to seek specialist advice from an employment law Solicitor with regards to the employer changing your hours, your workload and holiday refusals.

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  17. Julie

    Hello. I was off work for on FMLA for 4.5 weeks due to acquiring Mono. During this time I was on FMLA, my boss reached out to me several times to have me complete tasks, get answers or clarifications, to also address an extremely stressful issue that could have waited until I returned. I believe this extended my recovery time. Also, the day I returned to work l have been pulled into her office repeatedly and also into HR regarding an investigation due to complaints. In the three-four weeks I have been back my anxiety and stress have been so bad that I have missed work several times because I physically get sick going into work. I have asked for specifics from this investigation and none have been provided. They are also now moving ahead with a department shift. This is extremely demeaning and stressful.
    If you could please provide me with guidance/suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Ian Morris

      We don’t recognise the term ‘FMLA’ and believe it may pertain to the legal system or working regulations of a country outside of the UK. Is that the case? If so, you’ll need to address your query to a Solicitor or legal expert in whichever jurisdiction in which you reside.

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  18. Susan osborn

    I am asking this on behalf of my daughter. To cut long story short, the school called social services when my granddaughter made an allegation against her mum. As my daughter worked there, she was suspended with pay until a meeting with the school board – this happened in June. She was not allowed to take or pick up her 3 children, so me and my husband did this. The school would also not let her watch sports day or see her youngest perform with his class (he’s 4 years old).

    At the last meeting with the school and social worker, she was told that even after the 6 weeks holiday she could not take kids to school even though it was the youngests first day at full time school (as she had not been to her meeting), but the Head Mistress did say that if she was to resign then she would be able to bring them and collect them, so my daughter contacted the Head Mistress during the summer break and resigned. She can now enter the school grounds.

    The thing is this feels a bit like black mail or bullying. Also my daughter lost wages and she is a single mum, so we are just wondering what actions (if any) my daughter could take? Also we wanted to take the youngest two out and to another school which is across the road from us to which has been blocked by the Head Mistress.

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    • Ian Morris

      From a personal injury compensation perspective – which is our area of expertise and service, there is no claim to be made. The school would be seen to have acted appropriately in suspending your Daughter and prohibiting her from attending the school in any capacity. This would be expected of them in terms of their over all responsibilities with regards to safe guarding. The suspension is in no way a decision on guilt or otherwise of any allegation, but is instead simply the mechanism to ensure that the school are acting in accordance with their statutory duties.

      However, your Daughter may not have been advised appropriately or the disciplinary process may not have been conducted properly. Whether or not this is the case, we do not know. With that in mind, your Daughter should make immediate contact with an Employment Law Solicitor to ensure that she has not been lead to resigning when she need not have done so.

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  19. Carol

    What injury to feelings monetary claim would be reasonable for stress n anxiety caused by bullying abusive behaviour caused by manager being upheld in grievance, but Claimant denied mediation and dismissed under Sosr. Company now want to negotiate rather than go to tribunal.
    Thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      It is not possible for us to advise you on this matter. The main reason being that your specific situation relates to employment law and not personal injury. Therefore, we would advise you make contact with a suitably qualified legal expert.

      You are in a good position though as your former employer wishes to negotiate. This indicates that they will settle in your favour, so as long as you seek specialised advice and support, you are likely to conclude this matter favourably.

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  20. Stuart

    If i left my job cause they caused me anxiety and stress so bad that i could not work there anymore. i’m still suffering it and get insomnia still even though i left, can i still get compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      This query needs to be addressed to and discussed with an employment law expert.

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      • Jim

        Hi. I worked for the nhs for about 10 years, my last 12 months were with the discharge team, where I was responsible for co ordination of discharges from multiple wards. The job was stressful and I was for the most part working alone. I was diagnosed with stress and depression and eventually had to leave the job due to how Ill I had become. I dont think I was supported very well and since leaving my old lone manager has given me a poor reference that has caused a job offer to be withdrawn. I do feel the stress and workload of the job impacted on my mental and physical health. I’m looking for advice, is this something worth perusing legally?

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        • Ian Morris

          You may wish to speak with an employment law specialist regarding the poor reference your previous employer provided. We are not specialists in that area, but a reference may only contain negatives if those negatives arise from officially managed disciplinary procedures.

          In terms of the stress and anxiety caused to you at your former workplace, you can look in to making a claim for that and we can help with this. To take this further, please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request or work related stress questionnaire. Once you have completed and returned that, our specialist can review the details given and would be able to advise you as to whether or not you could take that action further.

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  21. Anastasia

    I have been off sick due to feeling anxious, difficult breathing, chest pain, my legs feel numb and shaky everytime I come to work. All these happen ever since i raised a grievance against my managers at work who intimidate me, bullied me, accused me without any evidence and in fact i found wrong doing practice with evidence. No decision have been made yet since 24 July and in fact they changed my fixed shift which was agreed since I joined the company.
    Please kindly advise me whether I can claim my sickness day. Many thanks for your feedback.

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    • Ian Morris

      If you have been absent from work due to work related stress, you may have a right to make a claim for compensation against the employer.
      We do work with a specialist expert in claims for work related stress and we can have your situation assessed if you would like. You’ll need to complete and return our initial work related stress questionnaire so that we can then have our expert review this matter and contact you directly to advise you further.

      To obtain our questionnaire, please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk and we’ll send one to you.

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  22. Sam

    I am looking to claim compensation from my employer. I have had over 6 months off work and have had half pay for 3. I also feel I am owed compensation for the state of mind I have been put it and how it has effected my life and career. There is one person in particular that has caused this and he is very high up bullying me. By not including me in certain things, telling me I can’t wear certain things going again company policy, not putting me on training that is perfect for my position and constantly pulling me aside questioning my hours which have already been agreed with my line manager. I have told my line manager privately personal things which I didn’t want to go any further but by him constantly calling me into meetings pressured to tell more. I hope you can help.

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    • Ian Morris

      We can investigate the merits of such a claim. Employers can be held liable for psychological trauma such as work related stress and anxiety if it can be demonstrated that they were negligent in their management of an employee and their actions have caused ill health.

      To enable us to consider such a claim, we’ll need you to complete and return an initial questionnaire so that our specialist in work related stress can review this matter for you and advise you directly.

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  23. Rebecca

    I raised a grievance at work and have since went off sick due to work related problems I was being bullied and harassed being in a predominantly male environment I was told to grow thicker skin and deal with it, one of the accused has went off sick so no outcome of grievance as yet, minutes of meeting are incorrect and was asked if I want them amended I requested this and was told no, what should be my next step?

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    • Ian Morris

      You need the advice from an expert in employment law rather than a firm such as Direct2Compensation who are expert in personal injury law. Therefore, your next step should be to find an employment law Solicitor and discuss this matter with them.

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  24. KENNETH

    i have been working in a temp position in a facilities role for nearly 3 years with a four week break after about 6 months but was asked back since then i have had extensions to my position every 3 months . now i have told i am going back to operations which is a 60 pound a week reduction in wages. just had double knee surgery and am seeing occupational health im fine for work but i still don’t know where i’m going and the stress is beginning to affect my sleep i applied for the facilities position again but never go the job although out of the applicants i was the most qualified for the job. i had complained about one of my managers earlier in the year and he has the final say in who gets the position, so put 2 and 2 together I feel like i’m being bullied but i’m 55 years old, what can i do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your situation would be best addressed to a specialist in employment law and not ourselves who specialise in personal injury law.

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  25. Alexis

    Hi, My sister is being bullied by her manager and other staff they are trying to get her fired by saying that she has been aggressive and rude to customers and other staff. They have no evidence except word of mouth, my sister is very quiet and does not stand up for herself. She suffers a lot from nerves and is having trouble sleeping which is now affecting her mental health. She has now been sent a final warning her meeting is on the 27th of August and she is scared that they will fire her. Can you please advise as my sister has been with the company for 20 years and has just started having these problems when this new manager started.

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    • Ian Morris

      This matter is one of employment law and not personal injury. We would recommend that your Sister makes contact with her Union if she is in one or a specialist Solicitor operating within employment law matters for advice and support going forward.

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  26. Antonia

    Hello,I am currently off work with work related anxiety due to being bullied at work although after putting in a grievance my company are not upholding which I am appealing and doctor has now put me on antidepressants and my employer has only paid me sick pay.is that right?
    Regards

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer is not obliged to pay your usual salary whilst you are off work – even if you are off work through work related stress or any other work related illness or injury (even if your grievance had been upheld).

      The only way to recover lost income is by succeeding with a claim against the employer. In your case, you could look in to claiming compensation for work related stress and anxiety.

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      • Antonia

        I have now requested a without prejudice negotiated exit from the company.

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        • Ian Morris

          Good luck – hopefully it will bring a straightforward and beneficial end to this matter for you.

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          • Antonia

            My employer has declined my settlement letter saying that I have no case.

            I have been off now for 10 weeks with work related anxiety and now they want to do a welfare check at my home and bring along a director that has not been in contact with me so far. Can I decline his presence would you know ?

          • Ian Morris

            Work related stress matters require the advice of a specialist with expert knowledge regarding the rights of potential claimants and the obligations that an employer has.

            We will link you with our specialist in order that you can find out the answer to your question.

  27. Lindsay paget

    Hi Ian I have worked for my company for 5 years but the past 2 years there has been new mangers and they have been stressing me out to the point where I feel so anxious to go to work which has been making me sick and crying all the time. They just dont leave me alone no matter what I do, the doctors have actually signed me off for stress and anxiety as my mental state is not to good. Is there anything I can do about this?

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    • Ian Morris

      If you have placed your employer on notice of your stress and anxiety in writing and they have taken no action (even to review your workload etc), you could then look at making a claim for work related stress compensation.

      If you would like to find out whether or not you can make a claim for the work related stress and anxiety, please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request an initial questionnaire. Once you’ve returned a completed questionnaire, we can pass that to our specialist in order that they can consider your situation and advise you directly.

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  28. Caroline

    I have been off sick with stress for over a month, and I have attended meetings at work during this time, and there has been no compromise to my problems on their side. I simply have to do what they say, I decided to try and return to work to see how things would go. My doctor suggested a phased return, my boss has since asked for permission to speak to my doctor about my condition.
    Am I entitled to sue them?

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    • Ian Morris

      If you would like to find out whether or not you can make a claim against your employer for the work related stress you have suffered, we’ll need you to complete and return our initial questionnaire. You can request the questionnaire from us by emailing: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

      Once we have your completed questionnaire, we’ll hand the details to our specialist who will review the information and then contact you directly to advise you on this matter.

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  29. Laura

    I have been working for a company for 10 months and my “manager” has been awful to me, having me in tears regularly. Speaking to me how you would speak to a dog. I have been off sick this week due to labyrinthitis and someone has told me I’ve been exaggerating it so I’ve reported this to her son who’s the director. She’s denied it and now I feel i’ll have no job as this is why I’ve never mentioned it before as her son is the director.

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    • Ian Morris

      The key thing is to make sure that you make written reports to your employer of the issues you are struggling with. This will put them on notice that you are raising the issue. If they take no action you could look at making a claim for work related stress.

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  30. Eileen

    Hi Ian, I have been with this company for 30 years and am 61. I was looking forward to working until retirement age. We have got a new hr and gm and as ever a new broom sweeps clean, my work has never been a problem had great appraisals, 12 months ago the structure changed. I had three depts then they gave me a high profile dept as well with no training and 30% less hours. My hr at that time said how she felt so sorry for me as the change was huge, I tried my best, this lady left the new hr accused embarrassed me, made me fearful of going into work, hence I have been on the sick for 24 weeks. HR is trying to finish me on capability. I am angry as I will lose my pension etc which I need to build up in these final years if I had not been given extra depts and treat badly I would still be at work, is there anything I can do? Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      We can have our specialist review your possible claim. To do so, please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire.

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  31. Andrew

    Please can you send me the work related stress questionnaire.

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  32. Joanne

    Hi. A little advice needed please. I was wrongly accused by my boss of crashing into his car in the van I drive during work. He initially told me he had seen the cctv but when I asked him to show me he refused. And left the office.

    3 days later I asked him again to see the footage and he is now denying it completely. I’m off on sick leave as he’s made me feel so anxious. All this stress has made me feel physically ill.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whilst it is understandable that you feel anxious and distressed by the allegation made against you, I am not sure (at this stage) that you could pursue action for a work related stress settlement.

      In the first instance, you should make a written report to your employer of the issue you have and how they have made you feel with the unfounded allegation against you. Hopefully, that will result in your receipt of a formal apology and you can then put this behind you.

      If your employer fails to act on your written report and your distress continues, you could then seek to make a claim and should seek the opinion from an expert on work related stress via our services.

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  33. Vain

    I have been off work due to work related stress and have made several suicide attempts. I have now found out that this confidential information has become common knowledge which is causing further stress. I am due back to work soon and plan on phases return but I would like to know where I stand as they have breached my confidential information and caused undue stress.

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    • Ian Morris

      We can assist with a claim for work related stress and help you to find out whether or not you can make such a claim. If you would like to take that further, please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request our questionnaire. Once you have returned that to us, we can look further in to such a claim for you.

      On the issue of divulging personal information publicly, you should discuss that with a specialist legal expert in that arena.

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  34. Jasmine

    Hi, I got sacked from my work 3 years ago for being ‘incapable’, I’d gone off sick originally because of my manager being very rude and moody towards myself when I needed help, I was too anxious to call her to say I was sick then it spiralled from there. I was signed off for anxiety and depression and my medication was increased ( I had to get meds when things at work got really hard with bullying from other team managers and a nasty atmosphere a year or so earlier (work were made aware)). I couldn’t leave my bedroom and I was receiving lots of urgent letters (3 on the same day sometimes) and my team manager was sent to my house several times (I didn’t answer). This went on for a few months (an occupational therapist said I wasn’t ready for work and wouldn’t be anytime soon) but they still kept sending letters. I fell pregnant and the doctors told my work, they never mentioned it and I got sacked as per the above. I still can’t leave the house on my own, I feel deeply ashamed of what happened and I still go over it again and again, setting my anxiety off. Can I put a claim in for something for like this, without everyone at my work knowing and gossiping about me and has it been too long? Is there an easy way to go through a claim when communicating with people is so hard, especially over the phone? Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      Unless we have misunderstood your comment, your injury (the stress and anxiety) dates back to over 3 years ago. If so, you are unfortunately out of claim limitation (unless you are currently under 21 years of age) and you cannot therefore now make a claim.

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  35. Colin

    Back in 2016 i was sent my p45 in the post while off long term sick with an undiagnosed breathing problem. I worked there from 1st April 1985 to 24th June 2016. Is it to late to make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      In terms of any claim for personal injury compensation or industrial illness compensation, you would appear to be outside of the 3 year claim limitation period.

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  36. Jeff

    I have finally been medically retired from Kent police after 20 years. I originally tried to retire on recurrent psychological problems caused by my work 4 years ago and my employer refused. They insisted upon my returning to work or I would be sacked, even though this was against medical advice. During the course of this I went down to half pay and then no pay for one 18 months meaning that I was down £60k. This put me under even more psychological strain and as bullying of the worst kind.. After 2 appeal hearings my employer finally relented and eventually allowed me to work from home and slowly I was returned to the workplace. I lasted six months. I was ordered into an unsuitable department with no recourse and attempted suicide in the workplace. My employer then fully supported my medical retirement and I was retired. My employer refuses to accept any wrong on their part. They refuse to see that they acted in a bullying manner, or that they handle physical or mental disability differently which they clearly do.

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    • Ian Morris

      This situation should be discussed with an employment law expert or your Union.

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  37. Blanca

    Hello I am reaching out to you for an advice. I have been working for an agricultural company for the past 2 and half yrs. I have been in a stressful environment due to a couple of coworkers. They have made me feel uncomfortable. Have been ignoring me and at time I received rude comments from them. Forced to listen to a Christian station everyday because they would not allow me to change the station. Because they are both Christian and that’s all they want to listen to. I have been there working on weekends with no help from anyone, working 10 hours a day with no help from anyone to cover my breaks. Because my coworker only work Monday through Friday when the schedule is up on the board that says Monday through Saturday and Sunday. Out of the entire company they are the only two that won’t work or help. I have been in a lot of stress because of the I have gotten sick I’ve have anxiety and starting to feel depressed, I have not been to work in two weeks. I have sat down with HR and mention all of this. They have offered me to lay me off so I can seek treatment. The coworkers that have stressed me also got into my personal draw where I kept my personal things without my permission. I didn’t no about that until HR notified me. I need advice in what to do.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To investigate whether or not you can make a claim for work related stress compensation, please email us to request a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return. With the information you would provide on that, we would be able to have our specialist expert Solicitor review the details and then contact you directly to advise you as to whether or not you can make a claim.

      You may also wish to make separate investigations regarding your rights under employment law. You should make contact with a specialist Solicitor working in that sector for advice. We are not experts in employment law so can’t advise you, but it would appear that you are being managed illegally regarding the lack of breaks and working hours.

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  38. Margaret

    I got sacked through bullying and false allegations in the nursing home I worked in. I’ve been attending counselling, seeing the Doctor and taking antidepressant medication. It’s just destroyed me.

    Then I received a letter from social care saying they do not believe these allegations. I was just wondering can I do something about this if I wanted to? I haven’t worked again in months im so scared to ever mix with people again.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Rather than being a matter of personal injury – even though you have been caused depression and ill health as a result of this incident – our initial view is that this matter would fall under employment law. If your employer has not acted correctly in their management of your employment and failed to correctly investigate any allegations made against you, you may be entitled to look further in to claiming under employment law. We would recommend that you make contact with an employment law expert.

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  39. Diane

    Hi Ian,
    I need some advice on a rude and offence boss i work for. Today for example I was trying to explain why a hover was broken, she came over to me and said in a loud voice ARE YOU IRISH, ARE YOUR FAMILY IRISH? I was then to told to shut up. I didnt want to speak up to her because I am a widower living on my own on a low wage and have no other income. The boss is often talking about bloody pakkies. I am looking for other work but until then I am stuck in a rotten job with this horrible boss. Please advise me if I can do anything about this legally, i am scared they will just dismiss me if i speak out about their humiliating and general obnoxious comments to me personally.Thank you so much for any consideration with this ongoing matter. Diane

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    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that your Boss is breaking regulations and quite possibly the law in her actions and treatment of staff. You do have legal rights – all employees in the UK are afforded rights and employers must adhere to the provision of such rights. Your case needs to be discussed with an employment law Solicitor rather than a personal injury expert. Whilst you are unhappy, you have not been injured. You may however, have rights under employment law to do something about this situation.

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  40. Anne

    Work as a nurse very stressed never have abreak

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    • Ian Morris

      Nursing work is known to be hard, demanding and tiring. However, all employees are legally entitled to breaks and periods of rest. If your employer is not providing you with your legally provided breaks, you should take out a formal grievance against them and report your concerns in writing to them.

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  41. Connor

    Hello, I’ve just started a new job and I’m in my probation period. I’ve had 1 day off with an asthma attack and then today I got sent home by my supervisor and my manager said if it happens again i will lose my job because i am not reliable. I suffer from severe asthma which he knew about before he took me on. My asthma is usually fine but I’ve had a flair up over the past week or 2. Can i get dismissed if i have a doctors not stating that i have not been fit to work.

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    • Ian Morris

      We are not experts in employment law, so would recommend that you speak with a suitable expert to get the qualified advice that you need.

      However, probationary periods do afford employers plenty of freedom with regards to whether or not they would retain your services. Given your usual clean bill of health, why not speak with your new employers to discuss your health with them. Perhaps if they understand that this is a rarity and an unfortunate coincidence with regards to a flare up when you start a new job, they may take a more supportive view and afford you the chance to prove your reliability?

      In a situation such as yours, it may be a good idea to speak with the Citizens Advice Bureau for advice?

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  42. Vina Thakerar

    I have been off sick since February 2019, work related stress due to bullying, harassment, H & S procedure, unclean hygiene environment, no protection given as lone worker etc there are various issues and it just got too much. I have panic attacks, anxiety, loss of confidence etc.

    I approached ACAS but am unable to understand when they say there has to be criteria under which I can ask for early reconciliation?

    I think they also said I am out of time frame as it has been over 6 months.

    Can I approach my HR direct and ask them give me settlement agreement due to what I have been through.

    I don’t have any proper income at the moment and need help.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may have a valid claim for work related stress compensation. We can assist you in further investigating whether or not you can take such action. Please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return to us. When we receive your completed questionnaire, we’ll hand the information to the specialist Solicitor that we work with in such matters. They will then review the information and contact you directly to advise you as to whether or not you can make a claim.

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  43. Debbie

    I did something wrong at work & when I explained to my boss it was a ginuine mistake she said ‘some people are just cleaverer than other’ this has really upset me and made my anxiety worse (I already take the highest dose of medication) is this bullying?

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    • Ian Morris

      A one off incident is unlikely to be seen as bullying. However, if it is a regular occurrence, then it could be seen in a different light. This matter would need to be advised on by a specialist in employment law and would not be a matter for a personal injury specialist such as ourselves.

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  44. Anil

    Hi Ian,
    I went to work recently first day training for two days and the person training me would use a key to close the security gates but would have his fist in my face whilst doing this and did this a few times which I felt intimidated and bullied and invading my private space,,and I felt harassed, he even closed the gate by resting his hand on my neck and back and yawning whilst doing this and many times he wanted to get pass me he ran into me to get pass instead of simply saying excuse me, He touched me inappropriately by doing so and this left me with sever stress and disturbed by his behaviour,there are two cctv cameras in the reception where this took place so all recorded I have a grievance meeting next week with the employer so far any help and thoughts?Thank you

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    • Ian Morris

      It could be too early in this process for a claim for the stress to be valid. The initial steps you are taking are correct in that you have taken a formal grievance out. This should enable the employer to appropriately discipline the individual concerned and therefore resolve the issue going forward. However, if the grievance does not resolve things and your anxiety and stress remains present, make sure your employer is aware in writing and then contact us to further investigate whether or not a claim for work related stress can proceed further.

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  45. Sarah

    I have been off work for 11 months with severe stress and a broken collarbone that will not heal. I am with Health in Mind. I was working in a card shop, doing about 20 + hours a week, but with a contract of 4hrs per week. As such they pay me no sick pay at all and I’ve had to go on Universal credit. I’ve just been awarded PIP, to be reviewed in a year. I got a letter from my employer advising that they have fired me for ill health! I have been seeing a therapist and my Doctor regularly for my problems. As from Tuesday my Doctor has changed my sick note to work related, I wanted to get better and get back to work and now I’m feeling so anxious and totally stressed as they have fired me and say they are posting my P45 to me, with no references for me or compensation. I am 57 and was a great worker and now I’m broke, fired and feel that I’ll never be able to get a job again. Can you be fired for depression without any discussion with them? I would like someone to act on my behalf for compensation, this has tipped me over the edge and I’m having an emergency meeting at home with my health in mind therapist, can you please help me?

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    • Ian Morris

      The issues you cite would indicate that this situation needs to be re-addressed to an employment law Solicitor rather than a personal injury Solicitor. Employers are able to terminate the employment of employees if they are unfit to work – but only if they follow due process and act in accordance with employment law. In your case, you need to discuss this with an employment law Solicitor to find out whether or not your employer has acted legitimately.

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  46. pearce

    Someone at works eye fell out at work. He was under a heavy workload and claimed it was caused by the stress. I don’t believe he had any permanent damage and didn’t miss time at work for it. Can he sue for this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Any person injured in an accident at work or due to the negligence of an employer – including stress related injuries or illnesses – can make a claim for compensation against their employer. A claim will only succeed should a claimant be able to demonstrate that an employer has been negligent and if their injury is of a sufficient severity.

      The case you describe is rather unusual. Quite how work related stress could cause the kind of incident you describe is hard to understand. However, whilst such an incident would be painful and traumatic for the individual, my initial view is that a claimant would struggle to prove a causal link between the ‘injury’ you describe and the workload placed upon them. Therefore, I don’t feel that this would be a claim that a Solicitor would be overly keen to pursue.

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  47. Nicky

    Hi I started my new job within nhs on the 3rd of June 2019, I have handed my notice in as directed by HR. I have instructed HR to transfer to another department, which conditional offer has been made, waiting upon a reference from current manager.
    Although it has been a short time of me working there, possibly 8 weeks, I have been off sick, I have not enjoyed my time hence the swift notice and transfer, never had no one to shadow on my job, or instructions on how to use devices. Staff were so rude to me, I lost so much confidence and anxiety has come back with depression. I now take antidepressants. And to stress me more out my manager is taking time on doing my reference, even though I have prompted her. I know she will notify them about my sickness, but I was not in control as I was off sick due to work stress.
    Already spoke to the new manager and are happy to take me on, but I have not mentioned about my sickness.
    My question is can my sickness reference hold me back from getting a transfer? And if it does is there a route to take ?

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    • Ian Morris

      We would recommend that you discuss the situation mentioned here with an employment law Solicitor as it is always wise to seek advice from the right kind of expert specialist.

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  48. Natalie

    I have query, I was wrongly accused of something at work, suspended and taken through the disciplinary process I was suspended for 10 weeks no contact with work etc just left to be stressed the whole process was a complete cock up nether the less I was innocent all the time. I’ve spent 20years with this company to be bullied by a new store manager and colleagues who falsely stitched me up, I now feel that there are long term health issues relating to this is there a way to compensate me for this?

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    • Ian Morris

      Have you attempted to address this situation with your employer in writing? Before you could make a claim for any stress related illness caused, you would have needed to have informed the employer of your situation and perhaps taken a formal grievance about the way that they handled the investigation in to the accusation made against you.

      Whilst the suspension you were subjected too would most certainly have been distressing, the employer is likely to have acted lawfully in ensuring that they properly investigated any allegation against you.

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  49. Steve

    Hi, i have a question about where I stand legally please. I’m a manager in a local business, well in name anyway.
    I have never received terms of reference or a full contract, and my pay does not reflect my role, being paid just over minimum wage.

    In the past 3 months my parent passed away, then I was struck down with a serious illness. One of my bosses was spreading rumours in the office questioning the viability of my illness, when I called to question them I got screamed at down the phone. I have since received a message calling me a hypochondriac, even though I could produce a doctors note. I now feel that I will be pushed out on my return to work. I have never received a warning, but unfortunately due to events in the last 3 months I have fallen out of favour with one of the managers.

    Would this warrant an unfair treatment, or intimately an unfair dismissal case if they push me out?

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    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe needs to be discussed with a specialist in employment law as you need advice from someone who is an expert in that area of the law and not personal injury.

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  50. Dave

    My employer ambushed me with take a redundancy or face a performance review.
    There is no truth in the allegations that they have made which they would bring to the performance review.
    This had a big impact on me and currently Iam unable to work due to stress and depression through this action by my employer.
    I have been employed by the company some 13 years and never had any performance review or been questioned regarding my performance.
    My illness is solely down to my employer and their actions.
    There are employees whom performance are bad but I have been targeted as I refused to work overtime for which they were not prepared to pay me for and not give time in lieu.
    Will I be able to make a claim against them for my depression which has been some three months to date.

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    • Ian Morris

      If you believe that your employer has acted negligently towards you and caused you to suffer ill health, you can make a claim against them. To find out whether or not the situation you describe will allow you to pursue a claim for compensation, please complete and return one of our initial questionnaires. When we receive that back from you, we can hand it to our work related stress specialist and he will then contact you to advise you further.
      You can request one of our questionnaires by emailing us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  51. Natalie

    I am suffering from work related trauma anxiety what happened was a freak accident that no one could have foreseen due to outside factors. I carried on working and was given 1 day off fully paid and 3 sessions of councilling I requested more but did not receive any.they put more and more pressure on me at work I ended of going off sick with severe anxiety.During that time I did not receive any calls to see how I was or support I did not receive a return to work to see what I needed on return. When I did tell them what I needed I was told it wasn’t practical and felt the only thing I could do was demote myself and just come I doing another job.the incident itself happened last year but my anxiety was crippling I felt I couldn’t have a claim,do I?

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    • Ian Morris

      To find out whether or not you can proceed with a claim for the stress and anxiety you are suffering, you’ll need to speak with a specialist in such claims. We work with one such specialist and we can link you with him to discuss this. Please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return. When we get your completed form back, we’ll pass the details to our specialist to review and he’ll contact you directly to advise you further on this matter.

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  52. Bruce

    I have worked for the same employer for 9 years, I had a TIA at work in 2015 through stress and long hours, an unblemished record for those 9 years, I have been subjected to an unfounded investigation and allegation last month which concluded on Friday by letter saying the allegation was unfounded and no further action will be taken, this has absolutely consumed me for the 4 weeks the investigation took place. Yesterday I was admitted to the stroke unit, could this be the release of my stress and anxiety over the allegation being unfounded? I will be off work for an undetermined time recovering and may not work again, my employer knew I must not be placed under stress. I am a diabetic and a full time carer for my wife outside of work. I am 63. Can I make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer is likely to have acted lawfully when conducting an investigation in to an allegation made against you. Whether that allegation was malicious or not, the employer must act on it. That they have since concluded that it was without merit and unfounded is clearly a good thing.

      However, whether or not you can make a claim against the employer for the stress under which you have lived in that period is unclear. We do work with a specialist in such matters and would gladly get you some advice from them. To take this matter forward and get some specialist advice, you’ll need to email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request an initial questionnaire to complete and return to us. Once we receive your completed questionnaire, we’ll hand this matter over to our specialist to review and he’ll contact you directly to advise you.

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  53. Melinda

    Hello!

    I am suffering extreme anxiety due to work related stress. I have been advising my employer of this since October 2017 and they have done nothing to help. So I have started a greivance and requested they let me leave as soon as possible so I can get better. My doctor has suggested I should resign. My employer won’t let me leave and is trying to get me to sign a very unrealistic settlement agreement that only benefits them not me. This whole process is making me feel like I am going to have a heart attack.

    My doctor suggested my employers reduce my notice period and let me leave. If my doctor has recommend this, do they have to do it?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to get the advice of a specialist expert in claims for work related stress. At Direct2Compensation, we work with one such expert. You can get advice from them by completing our initial questionnaire and returning it to us by email. We’ll then hand the details over to our specialist to review and they’ll then contact you to advise you regarding your specific situation.

      You can request the questionnaire by emailing us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  54. Margaret

    Hi i was undergoing a work investigation suspension with pay followed by a disciplinary hearing. I was ultimately cleared of gross misconduct. This whole procedure has taken 2 years to complete. Can I make a claim for how this has had damaged my health and stress this has had on me as part 2 years for there delayed action.

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    • Ian Morris

      Employers are legally allowed to suspend staff during the period of an investigation. However, whether or not there is a legal time limit for which they can take to undertake such an investigation is unclear.

      If you would like to make further enquiries regarding a claim for stress, you can email us to: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return. When we receive your completed questionnaire, we’ll hand it to our expert and they will review the details given and contact you directly to further discuss your enquiry.

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  55. Joe

    I worked company for 15 yrs doing approx 60 hrs per week for 6 months, after 3 months I wrote to my managers informing them I was feeling stressed result of the long hours with being short staffed and people going off sick. New managers started bullying me for approx 3 weeks. I was called to meeting by them told I was going to be put on a pip and they would start disciplinary proceedings. This was a shock to me as in 15 years I had had nothing on my work record and had a breakdown during the meeting. After 2 years I still receive therapy and have ptsd as result of what happened during that meeting.

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    • Ian Morris

      Have you tried making a claim for work related stress and stress related injuries from your employer?

      You can find out whether or not you can make a claim by completing our initial questionnaire and returning it to us so that our specialist expert can review your details and then contact you directly to advise you. You can request a questionnaire from us by emailing: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  56. Dave

    I have been off work since December 2018 with anxiety and depression due to the workloads and constant cries for help going un noticed. I was placed on ssp in January which I was unaware of. then to be told the occupational sick pay had been suspended due to high levels of absence this is 6 weeks full and six weeks half pay at managers discretion but i still think its unfair. I have just exhausted all my ssp and am currently claiming sickness benefits and doesn’t look like I’m returning any time soon. Im Just wondering where I stand with all this. I will have been with the company for two years in November. Do I resign. Or do I keep sending sick notes in or is their grounds for a compensation payout or a claim because my mental health deteriorated in the time I was working there. Any help would be appreciated.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should certainly not resign without having sought expert employment law advice from a specialist Solicitor. With regards to the work related stress issues, we can get advice for you on that matter. Please email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire. If you then return that to us, we’ll hand it to our specialist to review and they’ll contact you to advise you as to whether or not we can help with a claim for the psychological/stress related injuries and loss of income you have sustained.

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  57. Sandra

    I work with a challenging behaviour and with brain injury too. Am a support worker, I work 12 hours shift 4 times a week. Recently found out am pregnant, and am concerned about the stress the client can put me through.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The worries you have are reasonable concerns and your employer does have an obligation to your health and safety at work – regardless as to whether or not you are pregnant.

      In your case, the most important thing you can do at this stage is to ensure that your employer is fully aware of your concerns. You must therefore put the worries you have in writing and ask your employer for their thoughts. It could well be that you can avoid any further worries if the employer can re-assign you or provide you with additional help and support.

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    • Lauren

      Hi I’ve worked with my current employer for 7 months now recently I had to ask for 2 weeks half days (unpaid) to accommodate me picking up my children from school as my mum had just had an op. They gave me this which was fine but they stated this would be for the 2 weeks only and I was to return to my full time hours after which I did however since then my colleagues have all made me feel uncomfortable since being there some of them are even ignoring me when I speak to them or ask them any work related questions which has added to my stress/depression both my boss and his wife have separately made comments to me and have asked how I could afford a holiday which I felt was very rude I feel like this was asked because I’m a single parent as they would never of asked anybody else in the office. I feel like this comment is up there with racism etc as it made me feel ashamed to be a single mum I just feel like I am being made to feel uncomfortable in the hope that I leave myself now I have got a sick note for 2 weeks due to stress but do I have any rights to make a claim against them?

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      • Ian Morris

        Before you can make a claim, you need to ensure that your employer is fully aware of your stress issues and the reasons and this must be done in writing. This puts your employer on notice of the worries/concerns you have and affords them an opportunity to resolve matters.

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  58. Bob

    I worked on a freelance basis and the room was windowless. I was then moved into an office with my employer. I emailed him one day and said that I was suffering from depression and needed to see the sky. Or I could work from home, where I sit next to a window. I was told that I could move office with a window and it never happened. The home working was denied, even though I have worked for 10 years from my home office. Then the contract ended suddenly and my last invoices go unpaid causing depression and stress.

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    • Ian Morris

      As you were freelance, you would be responsible for your own health and safety at work.

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  59. Donna

    My boss is incapable of doing his job so he puts a lot of stress on me, false accusations are now occurring. I really don’t know what to do I need my job.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you are feeling stressed and anxious due to your working conditions it is imperative that you make sure that your employer is aware of your issues in writing. If you fail to inform your employer (in writing) of these issues, they will not be held liable as they will rightly argue that they have not been made aware of your issues and have therefore had no opportunity to resolve them.

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  60. MC

    ’m currently off work due to work stress and anxiety. I’ve only worked at the company for 6 months so I’m aware my rights are limited. I believe the actions of the company have led to my illness. I’ve have not yet raised a grievance but have one prepared. Now that I have highlighted this to them last week they have taken their own advice and wanting to set up a weekly call with me which I don’t feel able to do. I’ve been off for over 8 weeks and this is the first contact they have made which has come after me outlining the reasons for my possible grievance.

    I don’t believe I will be able to return to the business and they have also advertised a similar role to mine 4 weeks ago. I only receive statutory sick pay but have a policy that covers my bills for sickness and unemployment so for now I am just trying to get well.

    I’m not sure raising a grievance will solve anything but would I have a case for personal injury?

    Incidentally they asked me if I would like to raise a grievance after being off for 2 weeks and asked me to respond in 7 days – I acknowledged the email at the time but said I wasn’t able to give it my attention due to my illness.

    Whilst I understand I could just resign as I am getting some cover for my bills and want to ensure I am able to recover before I am then able to find new employment. I haven’t made the progress I had hoped so don’t want to unnecessarily make myself unemployed.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should certainly raise a grievance with your employer. If you would like to find out whether or not you can make a claim for work related stress compensation we can help with that. You’ll need to email us to request a ‘work related stress’ questionnaire to complete and return. Once we have your completed form, we can hand that to our specialist to review and they would then contact you to advise you as to whether or not you can make a claim.

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  61. paul

    I worked for royal mail for nearly 14 years. Due to work load bullying tactics and all the stress off the job. I had no help from the company and union at the time, I would like to ask is it too late to claim due to it being over 15 years ago? Royal mail retired me in may 2002 and i have been having stress related illness since which has stopped me from taking up employment since.

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    • Ian Morris

      Unfortunately, you are barred from taking action due to the time that has lapsed since this issue was happening. This is not a judgement on whether or not your employer was negligent, but simply a fact of law in that any claimant must take action within 3 years of the date of an incident should they wish to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

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  62. Ruth

    Hi. Can my work place ask me to go to a performance meeting when I’ve never had meeting before with my manager about my performance while I am off sick with work related stress and anxiety?

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    • Ian Morris

      This question should be addressed to a Solicitor specialising in employment law and your rights under such legislation.

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  63. Glenn

    I am an casual employee and is working for one of the logistics company since 2 years. Since last 8 months i am working full time, 37.5 hrs per week and in same time. Without any need they hire 4 more casual and my working hrs has been reduced to 12-15 hrs per week. In those 8 months where there was shortage of people i complete minimum 3 people work alone, reduced my unpaid lunch break to 10 minutes, cut off my tea break and overtime break. I worked extra time and did everything to dispatch the shipment in time. Since my old supervisor left the job, new people they are targeting me, giving unnecessary complaints of my to operation manager and that operation manager is so stubborn that he doesn’t trust or bother to listen our words, he just listen to those undeserving new team leader who were promoted from mail sorter position. After doing so much of hard work for the co to and working like a donkey now they don’t even bother listening to my feelings and emotions. I am totally depressed and frustrated nowadays and cant concentrate on other things. I can barely sleep and have lost my apetite completely. Can i sue them? Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given that you have worked for this employer for 2 years, you may be protected by employment law. The queries you have do not really relate to personal injury so we cannot advise you. However, you may be better served seeking the advice of an employment law Solicitor so we would recommend that you make enquiries with such an expert as soon as possible.

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  64. angela

    Im a bus driver My company stressed me out to the point I had a break down and I couldn’t drive I’m still on a high dose of medication citalopram. I only feel comfortable doing late shift and now they want me to do all the different shifts my anxiety has gone right up again can u help me

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you would like to discuss making a claim for work related stress compensation with our expert specialist, we’ll need you to complete and return an initial questionnaire regarding your situation. To request a questionnaire, please email: justice@direct2compensation and we’ll send one to you to complete and return.

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  65. Joe

    I walked out of a job around 7 weeks ago that I had been at for over 4 years as a result of what I felt was bullying and being unfairly treated by my boss.

    I was a full-time manager and undertaking a degree at the same time, which my employer was fully aware of on offering me the job and made assurances of providing flexibility around my studies.
    I suffer from a terrible anxiety condition which often prevents me from speaking and makes me feel I’ll constantly be sick throughout the day. It took a while but eventually I told both my boss and his assistant, as well as details of a struggle with depression. I was seeing a therapist and obtained evidence for mitigating circumstances for lots of my uni assignments, detailing ‘stress and ocd’ as proof of my issues.

    Having told my employers about the issues, I received messages back like ‘sorry to hear, well done for speaking up’ etc and then not a peep after that. The H&S manager wasn’t made aware and I didn’t feel comfortable telling her so I continued to struggle without any support.
    I had handed in my notice at the end of March as I wasn’t happy with the conditions the company provided any more. This also meant I could focus on my final exams in May with no distraction of work. As the company were short of managers at the time, I agreed to stay through May to help provide cover, on the condition I would have the week off for my exams. I stood in the room with the deputy and blocked out the week I needed off. Sure enough, a day later the rota was released with me on shifts during that week. I advised I wouldn’t do them and was then taken off. Then during my annual leave exam week I got a text from the H&S manager telling me I hadn’t done my weekly checks! No respect for time off it seemed.

    While serving notice I had missed a day or two of work and left an hour early on some occasions as a result of the anxiety becoming much worse. I felt uncomfortable every day at work.
    I was eventually told by another manager, and a friend, that the deputy wanted to pull me in for an investigation without warning (knowing that my anxiety worsens and I struggle to speak/feel like being sick under pressure). I felt like this was a horrible situation to be put in and so before the meeting could happen I walked out so I didn’t have to face it. I had 3 shifts left of the job and now after 4 years of strong work I won’t get a reference and am not allowed in the building again. From being tipped as one of the strong candidates for promotion in the region to was a kick in the teeth and felt like once they knew I struggled with mental health they wanted rid of me.

    So my question is, do I have grounds for a claim? I have not worked since and the anxiety means I am struggling to attend interviews and obtain another job. I wouldn’t have left David Lloyd if it didn’t make me feel I’d be in a panic any time I was there.

    Many thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe may well fall under employment law rather than personal injury law. As such, you need to act quickly as limitation in claims for employment law matters are far shorter than personal injury and you need to make urgent enquiries with an employment dispute specialist Solicitor.

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  66. Jack

    I have been working for 17 months in a converted meeting room that housed 12 people and then expanded to seat 22 people. Prior to this expansion I was seated in another meeting room with 4 other people no larger than the average box room. As a result of this and months of telling my manager that I think I have noise sensitivity due to the working conditions I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression and Hyperacusis. I felt pushed out of my role by my boss who refused to believe I had a condition and was making it up despite diagnosis. I was told by Occupational Health why should my employee put up with me when I complained about a squealing fan in an air conditioned office worsening my Hyperacusis and causing an extreme emotional response. I have since resigned as I have found a new job in a normal work environment and wonder if I have any case here for the injury / disability I have been left with by my working conditions? I was told that I should work in isolation rather then ask the colleague to turn off the fan that was causing me distress and so having been to see my GP I work from home
    Two days a week as they have failed to make any adjustments for me.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Notwithstanding the health issues you are suffering, it is hard to see how you would be able to succeed with a claim against your employer. There would appear to be nothing ‘wrong’ with the rooms you were working in.

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  67. Jessica

    I stepped down from a role 2 months ago as I felt like I didn’t get the training I needed to do the job, I was over working and not eating for 3 months. I raised this with my manager and she suggested taking a part of my role off me to try and help, she did and a week later we had a meeting to see how I were getting on and I told her I still didn’t have the training which was needed and the role I was doing was for a different site which required travel and I was doing a 3 person job but my manager looked down on me as she believed she could do this and it shouldn’t be an issue for me. I told her that everything was too much for me and I would like to hand it back as I need to look after my health. She accepted but turned on me, we were very close friends but me giving up this role meant that she didn’t want to know me anymore, she wasn’t involving me in any chats in the team, making comments in the office and making me feel really horrible about what I had done, she wanted me out of the business. She gave me my old job back and the girl doing my old job was waiting to be moved to a new job in a different department. I was doing this job for a month and things were only getting worse in the office, she had me training up the old person doing my job so she was up to speed on everything, she was making me feel uncomfortable, walking out of the office with another colleague more than 10 times a day which made me think things. No meeting I had with her was ever about me doing something wrong within my job, it was always about the atmosphere in the office and at one point even her manager called us for a meeting to discuss what was going on. One day when I came in she asked for a meeting where she sat me down to say I’m no longer considered a friend of hers, she didn’t involve me in group chats for a reason, she had me train the other girl up because she had to look out for the department because she felt like I was no longer apart of the team and I was looking for a new job, I made a mistake and she tried to make out it was done deliberately by saying I don’t make mistakes then when I said that’s not fair to say she went back on herself by saying I do make mistakes, telling me my job doesn’t take all day to do so I shouldn’t be making mistakes and that I have time to go on my phone and I said that I have 3 work group chats on my personal phone. In the end I left I said the situation was too stressful for me and I ending up having 4 weeks off work due to stress and anxiety. Spoke to HR and I was told my old job is still there or there is a new role in payroll which would be in my own office under new management. I started on Wednesday but was told that the girls need help as they are short staffed and needed me to pick up the work from my office for 2 weeks. I agreed as I said I will do what the company needs me to do, this required me to contact my old manager throughout the day over email and take orders from her which I was not happy to do as she was the reason I left due to stress and I was promised I would trial a new role which led me to returning to work. I expressed this to my manager and he said that’s fine and given me some new work to do. I went to collect my personal belongings from the old office from my desk and drawer only to find that my things had been moved and my desk had been cleared. I went through my drawers and only a couple of my things were on there and these were being used by the new girl in the office. I found my things and these were on the bottom shelf next to 2 bins, of which were clothing and open payslips. I also found out that whilst I left my manager my password to my remote server she had accessed my personal emails and personal messaging web app. I was pressured by management to continue to help the girls and I told them the same thing that I wasn’t wanting to do it. On my way home my old manager barged her bag into mine with no apology which clearly shows bullying behaviour towards me. I am now currently off work from today with no pay, am I able to claim against them?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you would like to discuss this matter with a specialist in work related stress claims, we’ll need you to complete and return an initial questionnaire so that we can hand this over to our expert, who would review the details you give and then contact you directly to discuss this with you in detail.

      You can request our initial questionnaire by emailing us: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  68. Danielle

    I was on maternity and return to work 2 months ago during the time on maternity I did not receive any correspondence. I have come back to find that my job title and role has completely changed! I have received no support or training. The employer cannot confirm they sent a letter to me and then when I did eventually receive the letter it required a signature.

    My query was why didn’t they chase up a signature and they stated they didn’t chase up and if no response then they assumed I would be happy with the changes. However I have been informed and I have evidence that they did chase people for signatures but not me. Also they had a summer conference event which they advised only 50% of the business could attend due to performance, so I was not invited – but it has been confirmed all leavers (paternity and maternity) were invited, except myself.

    I have been through the grievance process and the outcome was more unfortunate events. Throughout this grievance process I felt as though the company was trying to push me out. Firstly my team leader didn’t want to be my team leader anymore so I was assigned to someone else. The employer then moved me to a desk bank on my own, isolated from the team. Therefore I could not get help or support in the new role. I had to try and train myself in the new role and as I don’t know the processes, I had managers sending emails to me all the time, constantly telling me about the mistakes I was making. I have experienced panic attacks and burst into tears in the work place due to the stress. I feel I have been pushed out of the company as I have gave my notice in and no one has spoken to me about my concerns or feelings. I feel like I was a complete afterthought and that the company would have preferred me not to have come back.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can make enquiries on two fronts here. Firstly, we would strongly recommend that you make enquiries with an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity as the scenario you describe that has lead to you resigning from your position could be seen to be a matter of constructive dismissal. This is an employment law issue and not one of personal injury. You need to act quickly with employment law matters though, so you should do this urgently.

      You could have a claim for work related stress and we can help investigate this for you. We are able to link you with a specialist in this area who can provide qualified advice to you. If you would like to seek their help, we’ll need you to complete and return an initial questionnaire outlining the issues you have faced. We would then be able to hand that to our expert who would review the details and contact you directly to advise you further.

      To obtain one of our questionnaires, please email us (justice@direct2compensation.co.uk) and we’ll send one to you.

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      • Danielle

        Thank you when you say employment law does that mean acas? Thanks

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        • Ian Morris

          Employment law means your rights with regards to how an employer should treat you and what duties they have towards their handling of your employment. You can speak with ACAS or make online enquiries with an Employment Law Solicitor.

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  69. Gareth

    Hi, I had an altercation with a manager at work regarding taking to long off the job. Prior to this I requested cushion flooring as standing on concrete all day was causing aching back/legs and irritable through lack off sleep.
    My request was ignored and one denied I asked. The altercation caused me to walk off site, I’ve been summoned in to see occy health and advised to see a doctor.
    I’m now currently off work with stress and back pain. Any suggestions, thanks.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Claiming compensation for the issue of aching legs and back due to the hard floor is unlikely to be a matter that you can succeed with.

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  70. Maddie

    I have been overpaid by £850 and I am a single parent. I have offered to pay back this at £10 per month, but HR want £70. I reduced my hours which caused this and will be £200 + worse off. What are my rights.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is not something that we can advise you on as this will fall under employment law and will need to be advised by such an expert accordingly.

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  71. Derek gill

    I had a holiday booked from work in May. This had been agreed, but they then said that I couldn’t have that leave – even though it was already booked and paid for! As the holiday had been paid for and previously agreed, I took it anyway. However, when I came back to work, the employer said that I would have to have a disciplinary meeting. The employer then kept me waiting for four weeks, during which I was so stressed. I went to the Doctors to try to have time off work. I had two meetings and at the end they sent me a letter to give me a final warning.

    I just wondered if I have a case for stress and anxiety. Thank you

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      I am not sure whether you would be able to pursue a claim for work related stress in this matter. Whilst the situation was no doubt stressful, the employer would be within their rights to discipline you for taking leave when they had refused to grant the leave you had arranged. Our advice at this stage would be to speak with an employment law specialist regarding the employers actions as the issue will depend on whether or not the employer is able to withdraw a previously agreed period of annual leave.

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  72. Darren

    I was suspended from work for 6 weeks. It appears the initial problem could have been dealt with informally first, however they just went ahead with suspension. Being suspended caused me to take 5 weeks off sick for anxiety and stress, and has also marred my reputation. I am back at work now. But can I claim for damages.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law would afford you the right to make a claim for compensation for stress and loss caused – if it can be shown that the employer acted negligently in this matter. If you would like to look further in to this and speak with our specialist in this area, we’ll need you to complete and return an initial questionnaire. You can request the questionnaire by emailing justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  73. Steve Arnold

    I have been informed I am under investigation for ‘gross’ misconduct. I was informed of this in February 2019. I have been interviewed about this in May 2019. It is now July and I have not had a single update about what is going on. I have tried to ask my managers, HR etc but I am ignored every time. The stress of what is going on has caused me to need counselling, it causes me significant stress and anxiety, I have been put on restricted work so I have lost thousands in overtime I would usually have. Do you think I have a claim? I am at my wits end. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you can pursue a claim against your employer for undue stress and anxiety can be advised by the specialist with whom we work on such issues. If you would like to look further in to this and seek their advice, please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request an initial work related stress questionnaire to complete and return. On receipt of your completed form, we would then hand it to our specialist who would review the same and contact you directly to advise you further in this matter.

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  74. Marvin

    I am a professional scientist and I have been accused of fraud by the HR department at work and have had to face a disciplinary. The situation has become known around the workplace. It has caused me great stress and I feel very disparaged in carrying out my duties that I previously enjoyed doing.

    The trust between myself and my employers has been broken down completely. The fact is that the accusation is a complete fabrication. The only error was made by the HR department – and the evidence shows this. I feel that I have been set up and I really do not know why. I carry out my duties faithfully, I work well with my team, I follow all the work rules and procedures and I often have to stay late to complete my work. My professionalism means a lot to me – I have never been faced with this type of situation before.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your employers are duty bound to carry out an investigation if there is any allegation of wrongdoing. Whilst being accused of something you have not done is clearly an upsetting and stressful situation in which to find yourself, it does not mean that the employer has been negligent towards you. To this end, we do not think you would be able to make a claim for work related stress – unless you can demonstrate that the allegations were false AND that the employer knew this and were simply acting in an underhanded way against you.

      The scenario you describe may be better dealt with under employment law. If you are of the view that your employer has acted negligently towards you, you should take out a grievance against them via the appropriate channels. If that does not lead to a satisfactory resolution, we would recommend speaking to an employment law specialist.

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  75. Monoranjan

    I was employed for 1 company, but the management gave me the responsibility for 9 different companies. For which I worked for years, but I was not even entitled to any general leave or annual leave.

    As a result, I became sick and was hospitalised and I have been unable to work for the last 13 years. Please suggest me what to do

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Nothwithstanding the serious consequences your health has suffered and the apparent maltreatment you were subjected to by your former employer, it would appear that you are outside of the claim limitation period.

      UK law affords any person a claim limitation period of 3 years from the date of an accident or injury (including symptoms of ill health), in which they can make a claim for compensation. You mention not being able to work for some 13 years. Therefore I believe you may now be too late to make a claim in the UK.

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  76. Paula

    I have worked for my employer for just over 2 years, I reported sexual harassment back in September, they didn’t take my complaint seriously and I was even bullied by senior management into not making it formal, the man in question continued to sexually harass me for a further 3 weeks until I went off sick with severe anxiety. The investigation was long and lengthy and I was not informed of any progress, I returned to work where I was still put in a position where this man was present as he had not been suspended pending investigation, I informed my employer that my wellbeing was being affected and I didn’t feel safe, I wad told to deal with my own stress. Eventually I was informed investigation had taken place but I wasn’t allowed to know the outcome, I was told he had been disciplined and that wad the end of it, I continued to have to face not only this man but also his wife which caused further intimidating environment until I went off sick again. Since then im receiving counselling for my severe anxiety and barely leave the house, I’m still off on the sick and have finally had my stage 1 grievance meeting, I have been informed the man in question has since left the company due to ill health retirement and that my employer has now admitted liability for failure to follow procedures, failure to treat the complaint at a correct level as they only investigated it at bullying which only meant misconduct rather than sexual harassment which constitutes gross misconduct and breach of the protection from harassment act. They now just expect me to return to work as they now believe I will return to a safe working environment even though his wife is still there, but the damage has been done, I wasn’t believed,I was victimised and unsupported and I was dismissed each time I tried to approach several of the senior managers, my self confidence is shattered, I can barely leave the house, I have panick attacks and most of all I have lost trust and confidence in my employer as this has taken 12 month to finally get to this stage.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We can help you and ask our specialist Solicitor to advise you as to whether or not you can make a claim against your employer for the way that they have treated you. If you would like such assistance, please email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire. If you complete and return that to us, we can then pass that to our specialist so that they can consider this for you and contact you to advise you further.

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      • Gloria Stewart

        I am a care support worker I was physically assaulted by one of the service users, where I sustained injury to my right ear. Is there any chance I could claim compensation?

        Reply
        • Ian Morris

          Care and support staff are often working in risky environments and most appreciate that those with whom they work can, at times, display agressive or violent behaviour.

          If an employer has failed to properly advise you of any risks, failed to properly risk assessed the person who caused you injury or has been negligent towards your health and safety at work (lack of training, guidance or support), you could succeed with a claim against the employer on the basis of employer negligence.

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  77. Kim Witmer

    I addressed training concerns when I started my job three years ago as I worked for company before. The manager then started making me feel I was not catching on and advised I would not take training calls like everyone else as I was not catching on and needing more training. After this it has been going on for three years belittled made to feel not doing a good job not meeting goals. As I get close to reaching goals they try to say I am doing something seriously wrong which is not the case. I have been under medical care been to psychologist counseling during this time. I have been on disability leave three times somewhat due to this – please advise how I can bring a legal claim against my employer as I have tried working with HR and they have not fully addressed leaving me in an uncomfortable environment dealing with this initial manager from when I started my position.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There are two potential legal routes that you can investigate in this situation. The first – work related stress – is something that we are able to assist with, the 2nd – unfair treatment in the workplace – relates to employment law and will need to be discussed with an appropriate specialist expert.

      With regards to work related stress, you do have a right to make a claim against the employer. If it can be shown that the employer knew of our ought to have known that you were suffering with ill health as a result of their management of you and ignored your reasonable requests and advice that you were unhappy, you may succeed with such a claim. Claims for work related stress require the consideration of and advice of an appropriate expert and we work with such a specialist.

      If you would like to look further in to making a claim, please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return to us. When we have your completed questionnaire, we’ll be able to pass this to our specialist to consider and they will contact you directly to offer specialist, qualified advice.

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  78. Candice

    Hi,

    I am known with a psychiatric illness and I had a needle stick injury at work on my first day.

    I thought I was fine but my psychiatric illness worsened to the point where I was finding it difficult to cope.

    I saw my psychiatrist who booked me off for two weeks and stated that the needle stick injury was a major contributor to my relapse and now my employer refuses to grant leave under Occupational injury.

    Please advise.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your employer will not allow you to take leave under an occupational injury, that is their call. Whether or not they are right to take this action will need to be considered under employment law rights.

      We can however assist with the needle stick injury and a possible claim for compensation. When any person suffers a needle stick injury, there will be a level of stress and worry caused by the possibility of serious blood carried disease being delivered to them by the needle that pierced their skin. Whilst the possibility of a serious illness being sustained is slim, the stress and anxiety caused by waiting to get the all-clear is known to have a big impact on mental health and well-being. In your case, we would be interested to know what your work is and how you came to suffer the injury. You may well have a valid claim in this matter and probably do, so we would like to speak with you to offer assistance.

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  79. Heather

    I was injured at work and their doctor claims it was preexisting. I have proven otherwise. I have not received a penny I have borrowed from everyone I know. My lawyer is doing nothing. My hair has just fallen out in clumps and I seem to be grinding my teeth when I can sleep. The stress is so overwhelming and all of a sudden they want to settle. Settle what? They’ve given me NOTHING. I’ve lost my mind !! Who do I talk to?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you believe that your Solicitor is not acting correctly in their handling of your claim for compensation, you should make a formal complaint in order that they can investigate their work and review what has been done. If their response to your complaint does not satisfy your concerns, you could then escalate the matter to the ombudsman.

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  80. Joanie

    Hi
    I have been accused of bullying and harassment by a junior colleague. I am a middle manager. The first accusation was informal and I was forced by the union to meet her demands which did not support the needs of the service or her wellbeing as she has a lengthy sickness record.
    I did this and then I am hit with second allegations and she wants to go formal.
    I waited 7 months to be told what these allegations were.
    The allegations are complete lies and distortions of any conversations I had with this person and I have documentation to back this up.
    I was friends with this person and she all of a sudden turned against me as she did not accept me managing her for the good of her health and wellbeing and her sons mental heath issues. I was fully supported by my director and HR.
    I have worked for the nhs for 43 years and had planned to retire in December 2020 when I would be 62 but I have been bullied by her and her union who have placed unreasonable demands on me and made me so unwell I could not go to work. I did not know what was happening to me, I have suffered severe anxiety and now on medication for high blood pressure.
    This has gone on for over a year and the nhs organisation have failed to support me. I have had contact but no help from occupational health could be offered in the time frame as I felt forced into intimating my early retirement as this situation has made me so unwell.

    HR did find independent psychotherapy counselling for me and it has been identified that I am suffering PTSD and I am now being treated for this which is due to narcissistic behaviour directed towards me in the workplace.
    I feel that I have become financially disadvantaged which has had an effect on my pension and feel there should be some compensation for the situation I am now in.

    I have never had any conflict in my career and have support from all my workforce but this behaviour should not have been tolerated. I feel deeply humiliated, angry and cheated of the retirement I had planned.
    I also feel that her allegations are vexatious and malicious and completely fabricated.
    I have also never had to seek any support for anxieties.

    I do not know if I have any grounds to seek any compensation.

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    • Ian Morris

      You may have grounds to make a claim for work related stress and anxiety, but we can only advise further on this by way of a specialist in this area with whom we work. To access their expert advice and consideration of your claim enquiry, we’ll need to have you complete and return a questionnaire to us. We can then hand that to the expert so that they can consider the same and then contact you directly to advise on your situation. You can request such a questionnaire by emailing us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

      Alongside looking at a claim for stress and anxiety, you could also seek some advice from an employment law Solicitor to see whether or not there is any action that you could take under such legislation.

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  81. Pam

    I have been off work sick since February 2018, briefly returning to work for a short period of time in May 2018 before suffering from a stroke. I have worked for my employer for 13 years.

    Before going off sick I complained to my line manager on numerous occasions both verbally and in writing about my heavy inequitable workload and the stress that it was causing me. He failed to deal with the problem even ignoring one of my emails.

    Although I visited my doctor on numerous occasions I didn’t mention that I was stressed at work as I didn’t want to be signed off for a long period of time for fear of being disciplined for my sickness absence.

    The day when I first went off sick I sent my line manager an email complaining about covering an extra session at work due to the extra stress it would cause me. I covered the lesson under duress and later that evening I became ill with what I now know was a mini – stroke but was initially diagnosed as a viral infection.

    I was persuaded to return to work in May 2018 when I was still ill and my employer recorded this in my long-term sickness review meeting notes. I returned to work on a phased return basis but this was not monitored, planned or agreed. After two very short half days at work I became ill again and informed my line manger via text as requested by him and asking for his support.
    He ignored my requested so I battled on only to days later to have a stroke after being at work.

    I have taken out a grievance at work and during the grievance process it came to light that my line manger had deleted some of my texts messages when I stated that I was ill again and stated he has no recall of me ever being ill again during my phased return when I have the proof of the texts and proof that he even replied to some of them.

    Even though I haven’t got a diagnosed from the doctor as regarding a psychiatric injury – do you think I have enough grounds to make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe certainly indicates that your claim enquiry should be considered and discussed with a specialist Solicitor with expertise in claims for work related stress compensation.

      If you would like to discuss your claim with our expert specialist, we’ll need you to complete and return an initial questionnaire to us by email. When we receive your completed questionnaire, we’ll be able to pass this to the specialist for them to consider and they can then contact you to advise you regarding any possible further claim action. To request your questionnaire, please email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk and we’ll send one to you.

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  82. Shane

    I worked for a company for nearly 3 years.
    2 years ago the owner of the company employed his friend as a manager.
    The manager bullied me for a year and physically put his hands on me in an aggressive rage on two occasions.
    I raised a grievance with company HR 5 months ago and have got no help.
    My GP has diagnosed me with depression and has prescribed me with 150m/g stretaline .
    I have since been made redundant and I feel it’s because I raised the grievance.
    I want to claim compensation for the way the company handled my grievance and the lack of help for my health.
    I had to go to work and still work with this manager who approached me many times through the grievance procedure.
    Is a claim possible?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      A claim may be possible in this matter, but it will need to be considered by a specialist in this area. We work with such an expert and can help you further investigate whether or not you can make a claim.

      We’ll need you to complete and return an initial questionnaire so that we can pass that to our expert specialist and they will then be able to consider your claim and advise you further.

      You can request a questionnaire from us by emailing: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk and we’ll send one to you.

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  83. James

    I have worked for a company for just over a year and the last couple of months the pressure that my manager has been putting on me has pushed me to the point where I can no longer face work and current off sick for stress. I read that in order be able leave for constructive dismissal I have to be with the company for 2 years, is that correct?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Constructive dismissal is an issue relevant to employment law. Employment law differs from personal injury and you should seek specialist advice regarding your rights under employment law from a specialist within that arena. However, our understanding is that you are correct in that your rights as an employee are extremely limited if you have served less than 2 years with an employer.

      However, in terms of personal injury rights they differ and even though you have only worked with the employer for just over 1 year, you could still look in to making a claim for work related stress. It is important that you ensure that your employer is made aware of your issues in writing and put on notice of the issues that you believe are causing you ill health.

      If you would like to look further in to making a claim for work related stress compensation, please email: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return to us.

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  84. Ian sharpe

    Worked for a company doing silly hours like 15/16 hours days for 8 years, now been off with stress and depression can I claim for this and now I’ve been sacked.

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    • Ian Morris

      We can help you find out whether or not you can make a claim for work related stress. If you would like to look further in to this, please email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request an initial questionnaire to complete and return. Once we get that back, we’ll pass it to our specialist work related stress expert and they can then advise you further.

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  85. Alison

    Hi, i injured my shoulder at work lifting a heavy box. My boss knows i have weak shoulders and I should not be lifting but I was told this is part of my job. I saw the duty manager and reported the incident but was informed they would not record it as it was not classed as a works injury. I went to the walk in centre at my local hospital the next day. I have been off work 4 weeks and I am still in pain. I lost the first 3 days sick pay, can I claim this back as if I had not injured myself i would have had a full pay?

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    • Ian Morris

      Quite why the employer refused to record the incident in the accident book is a strange one. Clearly, as you were injured at work it is a work related injury – regardless of whether or not you have a previously disclosed shoulder problem. It would be wise to write to your employer about their refusal to record the injury as a workplace injury.

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  86. Carmen

    I was working at a company where the wife of the CEO “belittled” me everyday to the point that i was physically sick every time I would even go near/see the office. After a while they “retrenched” me. Ever since i have been very anxious about everything as well as me being diagnosed with Non-Organic Insomnia. I was given a letter to sign to say I will not speak of anything that went on in the company for 2 years. Now that, that has passed, is there a way I can prove the anxiety came from then? And can I make a claim against them?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not the evidence needed to support any claim against your employer for work related stress exists is hard to say and it could be somewhat difficult to achieve a successful claim.

      However, UK law affords you the right to make a claim against an employer for work related stress if it can be shown that the employer was aware or ought to have been aware that you were suffering and that the demands placed on you by the employer were excessive/or that you were maltreated.

      If you would like to look further in to this matter, we’ll need you to complete and return an initial questionnaire regarding the situation. You can request one of these from us by email to – justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  87. Steve

    I worked for a supermarket for 35 years. Put me under enormous pressure. So stressed, I left the company. Found out this was a brain tumour. This was 12 months ago that I decided to leave as I thought it was stress. I just wasn’t well enough to contest this. Now I’m a lot better do I have a case? Or am I out of time? Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      It is not so much that you are out of time here, the issue you face is causation and proving a causal link between the pressure you were under at work and developing a brain tumour. It is unlikely that evidence is available to prove the link.

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  88. Jordanne

    Hello I recently took out a grievance on my manager who is a consultant so not an employee of the organisation for racial and what could be considered sexist remarks towards me. The investigation has been going on for over a month now, at the beginning of which my HR department instructed me to “continue as normal” which I found extremely negligent as I’m part of a small team that consists of just me and my manager who has faced no action pending further investigation. I began experiencing extreme palpitations and other anxiety/stress related symptoms during work and have since been signed off by my GP. I have been signed off work with anxiety in the past and my employer is aware. I resigned as a direct result of the abuse I was facing without securing another role and would like to know if this would be grounds to claim compensation for my stress and anxiety and lack of duty/care negligence. Even more interestingly my employer is a professional body for mental health professions so feel it is very ironic that my own mental health has not been looked after.

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    • Ian Morris

      We can assist you in the process of further investigating whether or not you can make a claim for work related stress compensation.

      We work with a specialist partner who is able to consider, advise and pursue on matters of compensation for work related stress. Any such work is done on the usual No Win No Fee basis. If you would like to look further in to this, we would need you to complete and return a simple questionnaire regarding your situation at work. Once back with us, we would hand that to our partner specialist who would review the same and then advise you specifically regarding your possible claim.

      You can request a ‘work related stress’ questionnaire from us by emailing: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  89. Jane

    Hi not sure where to start really I currently in a job I absolutely love but have been off Ill with work related stress for 8 weeks and with high blood pressure which I had to be admitted over night for in the first instance. The cause of this has been the way myself and a small team have been treated by our line manager and impossible workloads taking work home at night and each weekend which is not in our contract to do so. If we don’t like it we are told “ if your not happy there’s the door “ HR and union are involved to no avail and to the point now I feel that I have had no option with very little support from the company to research go from a job I love … what can I do ? Please advise me .

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    • Ian Morris

      It is possible to make a claim for work related stress compensation if it can be demonstrated that an employer knew, or ought to have known that excess pressure was being placed upon you and that you were suffering ill health or stress as a result.

      If you would like to look further in to making such a claim, please email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting a work related stress questionnaire. Once we have received your completed copy, we can pass the information to an expert specialist in ‘work related stress’ compensation and they will review the same ahead of contacting you to offer advice regarding your situation.

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      • Jane

        Thank you for your feedback if I request a copy of your stress questionnaire will this cost me anything?

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        • Ian Morris

          Not at all! Any work we, or our specialist Solicitors undertake is done on a No Win No Fee basis. If you start a claim and it fails, whilst you would be disappointed, you would face no costs whatsoever for the work done.

          However, if you do succeed with a claim, the Solicitor will deduct up to 25% of any award you receive towards the costs of the claim. Our No Win No Fee process is designed to be straightforward!

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  90. Richard

    I’m 69 yrs. old, semi retired butcher, currently working part time (22 hrs.) at Batley’s Cash & Carry for trade for the past 9.5 yrs. The agreement when I started my employment with them as follows, to help the full time butcher with the department like stock, orders, deliveries, helping in 2 other departments when required. For the last 2 years we haven’t had a regular full time butcher, more, more pressure is being put on myself due to the failing of the business. Management are trying to get staff to leave by any means possible so it forces us to leave on our own esteem without redundancy being paid by the company via bullying, intimidation, belittling, verbally abusive & racial comments. I feel bullied and intimidated which doesn’t help my depression which I am medicated as a result of my current circumstances, I’m also feeling very stressed and anxious due to the intimidation I am receiving from the managers on the floor which I am currently seeing the doctor in regards to my symptoms as I don’t feel like myself. Due to the current working conditions I feel being put under tremendous unnecessary pressure and stress which is effecting all aspects of my life and relationships with family and partner which isn’t fair all round , and the way that one of the managers I feel is being racial towards me (he is Asian). I am wondering is there anything I can do in this situation?.

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    • Ian Morris

      It is important that any grievances/concerns you have regarding your workload, working conditions and your stress levels are put to your employer in writing. If you have not already done so, please do.

      You may have grounds to make a claim against the employer for work related stress. However, such claims require specialist consideration. This is something we can assist with and if you would like to look further in to this, please email us via justice@direct2compensation.co.uk requesting a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return. When we receive your completed questionnaire, we can pass that to our specialist who would then review the details given and advise you as to whether or not you can make a claim.

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  91. Mariah

    I was working 50 hours a week. A 1 hour break was deducted from my pay per day but I was never allowed to take this break. Also when I left the company they refused to pay me for my notice period, causing me a huge amount of stress as I could not support myself. Also during my time with this employer I also gained psoriasis

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you believe that your employers placed unreasonable pressure and demand on you and their demands caused you ill health and stress, you have a right to investigate making a claim for work related stress.

      If you would like us to assist you in that process, please email justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request an initial questionnaire to complete and return. When we receive your completed questionnaire, we will pass the same to the specialist that we work with in this area and they will review and contact you to advise you further.

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  92. Edward

    I am a team leader for a facilities management company, just before Christmas we had a new manager start with us who is ex military. After two week in his job I offered some advice and was told by him that he was in charge, this is his site and threatened with violence. He has since constantly undermined my position as team leader talking down to me in front of my team, taking over and giving out work which is not his job, he has no line management what so ever he picks on me at every possible opportunity and it has now got to the point that my job role is becoming impossible. I am disabled and feel this is also a problem to him. Am I being bullied and victimised and could I make a claim against my company as the are fully aware of the situation but choose to ignore it

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    • Ian Morris

      If you have not already done so, you need to address the issues you cite here to your employer in writing. The employer needs to be on notice of these issues in order that they can attempt to remedy the situation. If you have done this and the employer has taken no action you could possibly make a claim for work related stress. If so, please email us requesting a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return.

      If you have not already put the employer on notice in writing, then do so at the earliest opportunity.

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  93. James

    I have been off work for 4 months following a severe breakdown & suicidal episode. I manage a team of 10 people & my mental health has seriously deteriorated as a result of having insufficient resource to service a new high level client, but still being expected to provide the service my employer & I pride ourselves on. Please note, I have suffered from depression for 15 years but had it under control with a combination of CBT & antidepressants.
    For the past 2 years I have continually raised my concerns about the lack of resource (bums on seats) affecting our service & contributing to the stress of employees I manage, with a significant number of them breaking down at their desks due to the pressures. Also, all of my team have voiced their dissatisfaction with their role, stating stress as the reason.
    My psychiatric team & I are under no illusions that work has contributed to my breakdown & now requiring antipsychotic medication & close monitoring.
    Given I have a history of mental health challenges & based on the very limited outline of my position above, would I have much of a case to sue my employer?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law does afford staff members the right to seek compensation from an employer if the employer has been negligent towards their health and safety at work – both physical and mental health.

      In your case, you may have a valid claim but this would need to be considered by a specialist expert Solicitor working within the work related stress/anxiety arena. We do work with one such expert and could present your enquiry to them. If you would like to look further in to this, please email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire to complete and return.

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      • Mark

        Hi, i started work as a ground worker about 7 months ago i work as a 3 man gang and 1 in the gang is a ganger and a union rep, he made my work load very hard and was always giving me attitude threatening to tell manager that i cant handle the work load. He never helps out. As a result i’ve been off with work related stress, i’m due back in work next week after meeting with manager and HR. I feel like i don’t want to go back but have to. Is there anything i can do?

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        • Ian Morris

          You should certainly make written representations to your Manager and HR team with regards to the bullying attitude and harassment placed on you by your ‘ganger’. If you tell the employer verbally of these issues, they could easily ignore them or deny that you had raised the issues. However, if you put concerns in writing, they must acknowledge them and investigate matters.

          You could possibly have a claim for work related stress.

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  94. Barcelos

    I am responsible for large groups reservations and have no support in doing so. The last situation I had to Change the 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 14 hours 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. A lot 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 finds 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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  95. 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. I’ve 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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  96. 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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  97. Hilda

    I was bullied for several years by a male colleague who made nasty comments about my appearance and my family. I told a senior manager who did nothing, I was then signed off sick with stress anxiety and depression for 3 months. I was finally contacted by HR and a grievance was raised but 8 months later the bully has still not been interviewed. I had returned to work after 3 months and sat near him and I’m still on anti depressants and see a counseller every week. Dr wrote to Hr stating I had no mental health problems before the bullying. Do I have a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      This would appear to be a matter that should be presented to our work related stress/anxiety specialist. If you would like to seek their advice, you’ll need to complete one of our initial questionnaires and return it to us to pass to our expert who will contact you directly.

      You can request such a questionnaire by emailing us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  98. 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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  99. 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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  100. 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 and we’ll send you one immediately.

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  101. 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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  102. 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.

      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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  103. 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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  104. 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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  105. Rachel

    Do you deal with claims for bullying for mental health?

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  106. 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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  107. 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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  108. 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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  109. 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 unserviceable unearthed iso office which holds 4 people comfortably but it is cramped with 8 persons working in it, smoke has been seen coming from the 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 the 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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  110. 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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  111. 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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  112. 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 making me 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 do?

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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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  113. Shelby

    I was working in care home as an activities coordinator, 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 where I had found his body after 3 wks and was haunted about it. they give me a 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. 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 a breakdown and was suicidal, they still keep asking me to come in and want my doctors records I wouldn’t mind but nothing is confidential there. 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?

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    • 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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  114. 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.

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    • 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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  115. 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?

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    • 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.

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  116. 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?

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    • 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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  117. 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 at 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 3 weeks 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.

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    • 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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  118. Pam

    Hello, I had to leave work due to be beaten up in the shop by an employee on her trial day. My boss wasn’t bothered and didn’t help with anything. We also had thieves coming into the shop and taking the stock, we had we told the owner loads of times we don’t feel safe, he never listened we had to have two 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.

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    • 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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  119. Kevin

    My boss has just rang me saying he’s going to drop my wages because I’m currently not fulfilling my job role. I am suffering from mental health issues.

    There are others at my company who are in the same position with personal injuries 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.

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    • 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.

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  120. Bozena

    Hello, I am looking for someone who could help me with a 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.

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    • 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.

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  121. 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 verbal 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 don’t care that something very bad could have happened to one of their employees, which has me feeling very unsafe at work.

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    • 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.

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      • 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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  122. 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?

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    • 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.

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  123. 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?

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    • 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.

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  124. 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?

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  125. 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.

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    • 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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  126. 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 this is 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 to work.

    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 members 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-member 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?

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    • 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.

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  127. 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 toilet, 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 migraines from not having access to water, what can I do?

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    • 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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  128. Michelle

    My partner was off work on stress leave, he tried to end his life because of work place bulling left him in hospital having treatment. I was left working looking after children running house going hospital to see him, he now back at work on light duties but it’s taken its 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.

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    • 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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  129. 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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  130. Natalie

    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 10 weeks to which I received letter after letter with more accusations added. Whilst I 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, after ten weeks of stress my nervous system broke down causing severe back and nerve issues. I now wear a heart monitor and feel that I 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

      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.

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  131. 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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  132. Yvonne

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

    I am currently on 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 rudely with 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.

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  133. 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.

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    • 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.

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  134. 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

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    • 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.

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  135. Rp

    Hi, I’ve 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 I’m 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.

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  136. Fran

    Hello, working in hse been bullied for past 4 years. Put in a grievance against certain person. That was 2 years ago. Still not dealt with. Still working at same job but have been put off work 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.

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  137. 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.

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  138. Trevor

    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?

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  139. 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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  140. Michelle

    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 advice?

    Reply
    • 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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  141. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  142. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  143. Andrew

    Hi I took a transfer from Stewart plastics Banbury to cover 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 off 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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  144. Emma

    I’m 5 months pregnant, was off in March for three days due to high Bp, ending up in A&E one of the days work 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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  145. 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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  146. 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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  147. 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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  148. Jayne

    Hello, been a section manager and had an incident where a product labelled up wrong. It’s my room but for four weeks I was told to look after another department. I investigated it and was told nothing more until 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  149. 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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  150. 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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  151. Steven

    Can i claim for stress at work? I was put in hospital for a Aortic dissection 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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  152. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  153. 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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  154. 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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  155. 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 in 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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  156. 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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  157. Tamara Rooms

    Hi I wanted some advice.
    I have worked in forensic mental health with Male offenders for 5 years 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 5 months 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 I’m 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 occurred 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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  158. 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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  159. 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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    • 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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    • 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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  160. 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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  161. 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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  162. Alfie

    Hello there, 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 bullet 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 wasn’t 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.

    Reply
    • 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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      • Denyse

        Hi,

        I am currently off work will stress as 3 weeks ago, I collapsed at work with extreme pain in my chest and an ambulance was called as I thought I was having a heart attack. I was advised that thankfully it was not a heart attack, however they said that it was stress related after describing conditions where I work. I have now been signed off work with work related stress by my GP and have been administered medication to support me.

        This is the second time in the past year that I have been signed off work with work related stress so my employers are very well aware of my situation (and the situation of my 4 colleagues as we are all in the same state). They have been told constantly we are not getting the required support we are asking for and that we are unable full fill our job role due to the workload that we have.

        Last October I emailed our senior managers to inform them of how the team of 5 were feeling and that we were all very stressed as we were not getting the support we needed and that our health was being affected. They answered the email and said that there was plans a foot to support us and we would hear soon. We were verbally told that our roles would have less responsibilities, however this has not happened and our roles have become even more responsible. We/I have kept verbally informing our senior managers that we are stressed/unable to full fill our roles, but falling on deaf ears unfortunately.

        I have since being off sick received a disciplinary meeting for being off sick with work related stress as I have hit a trigger. My husband and I have discussed and decided that I need to hand my resignation in and look for another job, as next time I do not want to have a heart attack because of the continued lack of support.

        I have worked for this company for 24yrs.

        Could you possibly advise if I am able to claim for anything?

        Reply
        • Ian Morris

          Given the situation you describe and the circumstances at your workplace, there is a possibility that you would be able to make a claim. Certainly, it is wise to make further investigations in to this for you.

          Claims for work related stress compensation need to be considered and pursued by an expert in such matters. To this end, we work with one such specialist and we can assist you in finding out whether or not your situation will enable a No Win No Fee claim to proceed. To take this further, you’ll need to email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request an initial questionnaire to complete and return to us. Once we receive your completed questionnaire, we’ll hand this matter over to our specialist to review and he’ll contact you directly to advise you.

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  163. 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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  164. Kellie

    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!

    Reply
    • 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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  165. 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 know 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 back injury, you really should make a claim for accident at work compensation. By making a claim 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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  166. Khalid

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

    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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  167. 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. My hair was black at the time, it’s coming 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 wear a cap all the time now because i feel stupid.

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  168. 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 finally rang my manager and spoke to him and then a trade union member stepped in shouting uninsured jobs at me, and that people should play by the rules. 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 environment and am very depressed.

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  169. 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.

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    • 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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  170. 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 various 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?

    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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  171. 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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  172. 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.

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    • 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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  173. 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.

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    • 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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  174. 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

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    • 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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  175. 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.

  176. 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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  177. 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..

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  178. 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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  179. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  180. 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 ?.

    Reply
    • 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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  181. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  182. 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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  183. 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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  184. 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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  185. 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.

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    • 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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  186. 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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  187. 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 counselling but she was never advised to seek medical help after these counselling 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 insistently 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 daughter’s foster careers that she not only recruited for the company but supported them in their Job of fostering.
    Can she claim for severe anxiety against her work?

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    • 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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  188. Alma

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

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    • 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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  189. 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?

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    • 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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  190. 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 analysis.
    – 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 dismissal and how and when is it best to resign to not to lose the opportunity to make the case in tribunal?
    – Will you stand in my name for home insurance or legal cover?
    – At what level of compensation can i count on and what can i demand in the decision of ACAS?

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  191. 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. I asked to be paid up until July as a settlement which I think is reasonable but their offer is far too low. It is and has been very stressful for myself and my family.I am not the first person this has happened too either, thank you.

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  192. Tia

    I have left my previous job two months ago due to being sexually assaulted multiple 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 palpitations 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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  193. 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?

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  194. 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 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.

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  195. 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.

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    • 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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  196. 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. i’ve now been on medication to calm me down since being off work, would it be worth my while making a claim?

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    • 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 advice for my next step?

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  197. 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.

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  198. 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.

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  199. 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 caused 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 admitted 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.

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    • 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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  200. 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 wasn’t happy 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 i didn’t want to go in, when I did I was always getting moaned at even if I was taking a 5 min break. I had recently had medical issues but sometimes refused to have 5 min break. I was treated like a dog she said to me she was sorry but she wasn’t as she just laughed in your face and carried on. 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.

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  201. Carol

    I have been off work with anxiety and depression, also have had two blood transfusions the past 12 months 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 jeopardised, 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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  202. 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?

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    • 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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  203. 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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  204. 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.

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  205. 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

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    • 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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  206. 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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  207. i gary

    I started off as a Major Maintenance Team Leader 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 of 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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  208. Anca

    I was suspended at work by phone by my manager on the 13 of january at 21.00. Said something was brought to 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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  209. 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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  210. 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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  211. Aneesa

    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.

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  212. 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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  213. 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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  214. 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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  215. Emily

    In 2012 after 34 years of service I was unfairly dismissed. I appealed and 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 it in June 2013. i had a financial stress. When I was reinstated I was not paid interest for my loss. in June 2015 I suffered a brain stroke. I was temporarily incapacitated for 2 years. At my retirement date I was released from my duties. I’m without a salary and medical aid. I receive Sassa benefit. Do I have any case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  216. 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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  217. 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?

    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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  218. 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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  219. 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 of the deputy mangers is really against me and making up stuff and reporting it to the manger, ie 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  220. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  221. 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 does 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

    Reply
    • 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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  222. reuel pryce

    Had a stroke at work a month, before that i had a cracked rib from a patient, after i came back to work i had my thumb bent and nothing was done now people at work are spreading rumours of me taking steroids which caused a stroke. nothing been done or said i had to find out through a friend at work.

    Reply
    • 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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  223. 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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  224. TRACY

    i was ordered to leave my home of fifteen years due to structural 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 structural engineer came out to me and my neighbour 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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  225. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  226. 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 psychologist. However, his director was dismissed due to alleged redundancy and his new director immediately instigated unfounded disciplinary allegations 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 industrial 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 independent solicitor to examine this document and advise us to its legality?

    Reply
    • 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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  227. 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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  228. 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.

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    • 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.

  229. 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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  230. 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.

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    • 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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  231. Mark

    I was signed off from work due to work related stress 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.

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    • 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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  232. 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?

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    • 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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  233. 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.

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    • 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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  234. 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?

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    • 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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  235. Janet

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

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    • 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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  236. 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?

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    • 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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  237. 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?

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    • 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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  238. 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.

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    • 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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  239. 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 to alternate contracts securing their longer term futures.
    I am now having to pick up the work load of both individuals and am struggling to fulfil the requirements of all 3 job posts and which is now causing me anxiety and stress.

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    • 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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  240. Ian Morris

    It would appear that your employer has mistreated you and as such, you should speak with our specialist Solicitors to see if we can assist in this matter.

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  241. 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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  242. Jacqueline

    Do you have to give notice of stress formerly to employer before going off sick with stress? Not sure how much longer I can do this for and know it is only a matter of time before I visit a doctor and not attend work.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should always advise your employers if anything at work is affecting your health – whether that be physical or psychological health. In your case, you should put your employer on notice of the situation in order that they can attempt to resolve the issue. If they do not resolve it and your health continues to suffer to the point where you need to take absence from work, you should seek employment law advice within 3 months.

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  243. Sarah

    Hi thanks for your reply regarding hospital appointments. What about the bullying from the driver and my boss just deeming it acceptable?

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    • Ian Morris

      That would be an employment law matter and is something you should seek expert advice for.

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  244. Ryan

    I was threatened by a member of the gym I work in very recently where he implied I could get hurt outside of work if I’m not being careful. Obviously this has left me feeling stressed & constantly feeling I have to have eyes in the back of my head. Can I make a claim on this?

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    • Ian Morris

      I can’t see how you can make a claim in this circumstance. You should of course report the threat made to your employer and also the Police as there could be a need for the authorities to arrest and question the individual.

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  245. Sarah

    I work in a private home as a housekeeper I’m self employed and live in. I have had problems with their driver bullying me and he even put the deadlock on the gate so I couldn’t get in. When I spoke to my boss 4 months ago I endured a character assassination from my boss and the bullying has continued. I have worked here on and off for 18 years (I left 14 years ago for 2 years and then returned). The driver left 2 weeks ago as I think he said if I don’t leave he will.

    Since then my boss has told me if Hospital appointments are in working hours, I need to re schedule them so they’re out of work hours but I said I cant re-schedule surgeons clinics (I had foot surgery this year). I’ve emailed my bosses to convey my upset at their lack of support for me regarding the drivers bullying and his defamation of my character and also said I need to attend hospital appointments and that I do make my hours up (and more), but although they have acknowledged my emails they say they don’t have time to respond at present.

    This is just 2 examples of things I’m facing at work. I saw my doctor yesterday as the bullying has taken its toll on my mind I feel total lack of support and now I’m having chest pains and he diagnosed stress from work and said if I can to leave my job, but it’s my home as well as work and I don’t know what to do – or if I have a claim. I’d like your opinion.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer sounds like a perfect example of the kind of people that none of us would like to work for. They have no right to refuse you access to required medical treatment and whilst they could force you to take any time off for Hospital appointments as unpaid leave, they cannot prevent you from attending.

      You definitely need to seek the advice of an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity as that is the expertise you need in this matter.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer sounds like a perfect example of the kind of people that none of us would like to work for. They have no right to refuse you access to required medical treatment and whilst they could force you to take any time off for Hospital appointments as unpaid leave, they cannot prevent you from attending.

      You definitely need to seek the advice of an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity as that is the expertise you need in this matter.

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  246. Charley

    Hi,
    I’ve been at my current job for a year now and I am so unhappy and stressed to my eyeballs. I’ve recently accepted a covering manager role as my manager had to leave to help another store. My store is now missing 40 hours so it has been left on my shoulders to do those hours on top of my 34 contract. I work 6 days a week 10 hours a day with no break as by policy we cannot close the store during opening hours and by law I cannot let my only associate cover my break as they are not a licensed key holder I have discussed my stress to my employer many times asking for help and much needed cover but with no result. I come home every day in years, I am constantly Angry and irritable and have lost all interest in my hobbies. This has affected my relationship causing many silly arguements caused by myself. My hair is falling out in clumps and I had lost so much weight I look sick but I cannot eat while I’m at work and I’m too tired to eat when I get home. I want to know is my case viable to be a compensation claim last year I lost 97 holiday hours as I couldn’t take my annual leave as my work couldn’t provide the cover. Finding a job is very hard where I live and at my emotional low I have no motivation to find a job. I have lots of work piled on my I have to do promotions , deliveries and paper work all by myself. My body is in so much strain I have stated I need lifting equipment as there’s boxes weighing over 40kg that I have to lift and I only weight 48kg but they have refused that as it’s not in their budget. Please offer me some advise I’m desperate.

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    • Ian Morris

      We can certainly help and advise with the lifting element – if you sustain injuries due to the lifting of such heavy items, your employer would be liable and you could claim compensation for that.

      With regards to the stress and anxiety, you need to speak to an employment law specialist urgently as my view is that you are being forced to work illegally seeing that you cannot take breaks etc.

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  247. James

    I was in a relationship with a director of a company and they were paying me on a self employed basis. When i left the relationship they had paid me from another company account and are now claiming the salary back. I had to leave my job due to domestic abuse from the director and former partner which i have emails, video footage as evidence of abuse.

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    • Ian Morris

      This appears to be an employment law issue and needs expert advice from a specialist working in that sector.

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  248. Darren

    Hi
    I have been suffering from stress and anxiety for around 6 months now.
    I have been with the company for around 1 yr and 1 week, I first notified my manager 6 months ago asking for help, it started off light stress symptoms due to workload, hours and shifts, I asked for reduced hours but was refused even though I explained I was getting worse, I have been asking for help now for 6 months and the company has done nothing, I mean nothing at all not even a occupational health check up. Now I am suffering from severe stress, anxiety and sign’s of depression which I have been off work now for 2 months, I am going through ACAS with flexible working request but they even failed to resolve in the 3 months time frame. I have so many emails and texts as proof nothing has been done to help me even though it was foreseeable and constant contact with managers. My question is do I have a claim because if I had the help in the beginning I wouldn’t be the way I am today, sorry too many details to write on here, thanks for your time.

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    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe would not lead to a personal injury compensation. However, you may well be able to take action against your employer on an employment law issue. To that end, we would strongly recommend that you speak with an employment law specialist at the earliest opportunity.

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  249. Mark

    I had stress at work 18 months ago and I was promised things by my employer and never got them. I was signed off work for 6 weeks with work related stress and in that time all my hair fell out. I did have black hair which is now growing back – but white! I have had to wear a cap for 18 months because I was embarrassed. Now my eyebrows are falling out and my eyelashes too. I’ve been back to the doctors and have been told I need to go back to see a specialist at the hospital.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your situation need expert advice from an employment law specialist.

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  250. Darren

    I’ve just been off work again for 28 days with anxiety & stress which was caused with working too many hours within different locations within my workplace. I had a bad accident last year & was rushed into hospital after falling out the back of a lorry & hurting my head after I blacked out which was diagnosed as a result of stress. My work paid me for the full time I was off then but my doctor had told me again this is happening all because of my role with work, but this time I’ve been paid 2 weeks holidays for my 1st 2 weeks off & I was told today I’ll only receive sick pay for the next 2 weeks resulting in me being off, can I claim for loss of earnings?

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    • Ian Morris

      The issue you raise would need to be addressed to an employment law specialist rather than a personal injury Solicitor due to it being a work related stress/over work matter.

      We would recommend that you seek the advice of such a specialist at the earliest opportunity.

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  251. Adil Mahmood

    I have worked in a care home for 2 years up until this April 2018. I found out i had scoliosis so i was advised by my GP to take sick leave which i have. I also suffer from anxiety and was really upset how i didn’t realise about the condition, thought it was normal getting back pain not knowing i was suffering from scoliosis. My manager who is also the owner did not care at all about it, when i told her she still expected me to work crazy hours for her and never put something in place for me due to my condition, and lost so many months of wages due to my back being off sick. It was crazy, just couldn’t take it anymore, mentally draining, and for that i have decided to leave but i feel like i deserve a pay out, is there anything you can do to help please?

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    • Ian Morris

      You cannot pursue a claim against your employer if the condition you are suffering from was not caused by the work you do or the negligence of the employer. With regards to your scoliosis diagnosis, if your GP is of the view that this condition was already present and occurred naturally, you cannot hold the employer liable for it.

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  252. Adrian

    I was signed off from work for 10 days after being diagnosed with stress & depression due to a combination of workload, being undermined at work & also going through a divorce.
    When I returned to work my workload actually increased, partly down to an illness to another member of staff but mainly down to not having any support, after struggling for weeks my manager called me to the office (4pm on Friday Apr 6th) & told me that as from Monday morning, my job role was changing & the decision had been made, he then told the other managers & directors that it was happening.
    This had a terrible effect on my mental state over that weekend as I felt I was being pushed out after 28yrs at the company, on the Sunday, I emailed him copying in the directors, asking for details of the role he wanted me to do, I did not get a response, but I was accidentally copied in on an email from one of the directors, saying she’d been aware meetings had been going on but hadn’t been involved but advised them to make sure they were documented.
    I was never included in any of these.
    I was then singed off from work again with stress, this has had an awful effect on my health & mental state.
    The matter is still not resolved & whilst I’m happy to work with them to define job roles, it’s the effect that this had in my health, mental state & life in general that I can’t get over.
    Is there anything I can do?

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    • Ian Morris

      You need to seek advice from an employment law specialist at this time. Whilst the actions (or inactions) of your employer has caused you mental anguish and anxiety, you cannot make a claim for personal injury against them on this basis – you could however, potentially pursue them on an employment law basis. To this end, we would recommend that you make urgent enquiries with an employment law specialist in this matter.

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  253. Marie

    I have recently received a needle stick injury. The stress of having to wait for the results and the blood tests I have to have is cause me to not sleep well. Which is now affecting my work. The organisation I was working for are now blaming me which is also causing stress for me and my family. Do you think I would have a case?

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    • Ian Morris

      We have succeeded with many needle stick injury compensation claims throughout the years. You will succeed if the employer has failed to adequately risk assess your role and not provided the right personal protective equipment to minimise the risk of such injury.

      I’d recommend that you contact us so that we can take some further details from you and get this matter considered by our expert Solicitors as I would expect that they would wish to pursue a claim on your behalf.

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  254. Vicki clark

    I feel I have been mistreated by an employer with my mental health. I went through a bad time and attempted suicide I couldn’t take time off as was unpaid. No return to work was completed and no support offers. The stress got too much so I left and am now struggling. Can I get any help?

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    • Ian Morris

      If your employer was negligent towards you and forced you to leave your work, you should speak with an employment law specialist at the earliest opportunity.

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  255. Leigh

    Hi there. I had some issues with a work colleague where he was doing petty little things to get me wound up. I didn’t react at the time & I let it build up until one day he blamed me for something that caused me to blow my lid. That night I got home and cracked up, I was crying with rage and anger so I telephoned my Doctor who told me come to see him – so I did.

    I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression. I then phoned 1 of the 2 company Directors and he came to see me at home to chat about things. I was told by him that he would sort it out and then see me in morning for work. I didn’t go in to work as I didn’t feel too good at the time. I didn’t know anything about the illnesses so went back work. I totally ignored the work colleague. Some 6 weeks later the Director took his own life.

    I put 18 years of excellent time keeping, 6 days a week with supervising rolls (taking charge of apprentices under my wing) with this employer and I put everything into the company and the 2 Directors but got nothing in return. Now the Director wife has sold half the company to another company. I’ve had no help or support from the Company in anything I’ve gone through. I’ve had so much time off on sick this been going on since March. There’s so much to this story it will take a week to write it all.

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    • Ian Morris

      You need the advice and expertise of a suitably qualified Solicitor to see if you can take this further. In your case, you need a specialist in Employment Law rather than Personal Injury, so we would advise that you seek the advice of such an expert at the earliest opportunity.

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  256. Chloe

    Since 2016 bullied and harassed at work. In addition a decision made by senior management that a dedicated manager was not required in the department inconsistencies lawlessness and policies not followed etc increase pressure resulted in severe work related stress. requested settlement but appeal lost last week, exhausted depressed let down, what can I do – tribunal?

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    • Ian Morris

      Our advice is that you should seek urgent legal advice from an employment law specialist.

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      • Chloe

        Thank you Ian, for reference coincidentally employer sent the following offer today. Full sick pay until the end of December sick notes required. End of December let go on sickness grounds, give 12 weeks notice plus all annual leave, which would be a full year, plus any leave carried over.

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        • Ian Morris

          If I understand you correctly, the employer will pay you in full through to the end of December as long as you can provide sick notes from your Doctor? If so, that sounds reasonable and fair. If you are then still unfit to return to work, it would be reasonable for the employer to terminate your employment on grounds of ill health.

          You could still seek to make a claim for compensation against your employer if the cause of your injury was employer negligence. If you would like to discuss a claim further, please call us or if you prefer, email me directly.

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  257. Tilly

    I’ve recently been signed off work for 2 weeks due to a huge amount of stress due to work. I’ve recently become a manager, I understood the workforce before I became it however other managers have been bullying and patronizing me because they want me out of the position. I’m only 20 and they are twice my age, I’ve suffered a huge amount of stress and anxiety from this that it has lead to hospital visits and head scans. What can I do??

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    • Ian Morris

      You should seek immediate advice from a specialist employment law Solicitor as you could have a right to take action against your employer.

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  258. Sam

    My mother died in December 2015, at the same time my company began going through a merger.

    During that period I was offered no counselling or other tangible support. I wasn’t granted any bereavement time off from work, in fact I had to negotiate time to go away for a memorial service.

    My job was the primary focus in my life. I started at the company in January 2014, got quickly promoted and received ‘outstanding’ ratings and high bonuses. Post-merger, however, my line management changed seven times, and I had three different jobs roles between 2015 and 2017. The uncertainty lasted until November 2017 when I eventually got a job role/goals down on paper.

    However, my bonuses dropped and so did my ratings. I did struggle from 2016 until now – this was due to the bereavement, lack of a defined job role, disruption of the merger and the impact of all of those things on my mental health.

    In November 2017, straight after I got the job role on paper, my boss went on maternity leave for six months. Her attitude completely changed towards me from November 2017 onwards. Straight after I got my goals on paper in November 2017 she sent an email that contained the words ‘no more special treatment’ – I thought it sounded threatening (I certainly did not feel I’d been getting any, I’d got a rough ride during the merger in my view).

    My boss left me with a stand-in line manager – a director on my team – who I had no relationship with. He’d not been there long, was from a more old-fashioned background, and specialised in a different subject area. Him and I were supposed to have weekly catch-ups, but they never happened. On a call during her maternity leave my boss said she was aware that me and him were not similar (totally different approaches etc) and he was only there to do the official stuff, approving expenses for example.

    During her maternity leave, and in the lead up to it, my boss came in about three times. This was to keep tabs on our work programmes and so on. If I had a one-on-one meeting with her
    it was always late and rushed as a result. In group meetings I was always left until last to speak, more often than not I did not get a chance to speak at all.

    I really struggled during her maternity period. I had no support and felt I was suffering from ‘burn out’ due to the disruption of the preceding years and continuous disruption in our team. I was also, and still am, grieving the death of my mother.

    A month or two after my boss came back from maternity leave I was told my role – the one I’d agreed to undertake just eight months prior, and which I’d been struggling with due to lack of support, lack of confidence and burn out – was at risk of redundancy. This was in mid-July 2018.

    My pay is just over £60,000, the redundancy payment is about £22,000. I exchanged to sell my flat just a week or so before I was told about redundancy. Obviously pulling out of that sale will cost tens of thousands. The fact is I will be homeless, jobless, and without the familial support I would have once received from my mum.

    Online tests have scored me as having severe depression. Although I haven’t been to the GP recently, I strongly believe they would recommend treatment (I was actually signed off for two months as the consequence of the bereavement, that was in early 2017/late 2016).

    What options do I have?

    I don’t want anyone else to suffer in this company the way that in have.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the scenario you describe, our advice would be that you should speak with an employment law specialist in order to get the advice that you need.

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  259. PETER JONES

    I have been signed off work since December 6th 2017 with stress. I am still signed off work until 19.10.2018.
    The company that employees me took over 4 months to reply to my grievance letter.
    I have only been receiving SSP since December 2017 until 11th June 2018.

    Do I have a case to claim against them for loss of earnings & potential loss of earnings as I had intended to retire in February 2020 ?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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    • Ian Morris

      Stress at work claims are extremely difficult and require expert legal representation. The best advice that we can offer in the case you describe would be for you to speak with an expert in Employment Law or with the legal advisers of a Union if you are a member of one.

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  260. Phil Facey

    Over the last 2 years or so my work have caused me financial difficulties with constantly under paying me or deduction money from my salary without any notice. The first one was due to an unknown over payment of sick pay they had made to me. However, rather than informing me and giving me a option to pay back a reasonable amount over a few months, they simply took it all off me on my Xmas payment, leaving me with nothing which lead me to me having to take out some loans to just pay my bills. I have only just finished paying off these loans and now they have taken nearly 90hrs of pay off me in a clerical error (which should of been 9hrs) and this has left me in further severe financial difficulty again, because of which I could possibly lose 2000 pound on a holiday as I am now struggling to make the last installment payment due. As a result of all of this, I have been suffering from depression and anxiety and suffered extreme strain to my family life. Could I have a case against my employer?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your employer is clearly not being supportive in this matter. However, the issues you raise should be addressed to an employment law Solicitor rather than to us. At Direct2Compensation, we specialise in personal injury claims and law and as such can’t really advise you. You really should discuss this further with a relevant expert Solicitor though as it could well be that your employer has not dealt with these financial issues correctly.

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  261. Sally Deakin

    Until recently I managed a team of probation officers who all hold high risk cases. Last year a high risk offender was released from custody on parole licence and within six months had committed murder. An independent review accused me of downgrading the offender’s risk shortly before the murder was committed. This is untrue. I was not invited to any of the independent review meetings but my Line Manager attended them all and I believe he gave them false information about me as he was looking for a scapegoat. I I have asked for the report to be changed prior to being presented at an inquest later this Year. My Line Manager refused, and stating ‘it is the view of an independent author so I am not able to change it.’ This has made me very stressed and I was signed off sick as a result just after this happened. I am due to return to work soon and have opted to downgrade my job owing to my mental health still being fragile as a result of this. My confidence is also at an all time low. I am seeking any advice as to whether or not I am able to take this further. I am desperate to clear my name and reputation which has been unsullied for my 25 years of service.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You describe an awful situation and it is understandable that you feel stressed given the apparent lack of transparency or opportunity to provide your version of events.

      We would strongly recommend that you seek the services of a specialist employment law Solicitor given the requirements and expertise you need in this matter.

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  262. Sharon Cooke

    Hi I was given a notice of intended redudancy last May the consultations I went through to try to keep my job caused me considerable stress so I was signed off sick .I was finally given a date to leave work as Sept I asked the HR department if I could go in to sort out my office to which I was told yes I returned to work the following day to have the Principal come and tell me to hand in my ID card clear my office and leave the grounds ! The person I worked with was in early that day and treated me like rubbish. I just left within half an hour of me leaving the rumour reached me via my friends I had been sacked and escorted off the grounds !!! Six months on I am still suffering with stress due to this I am under the Doctor still.Last month I went out bumped into an ex member of staff who said how sorry she was I had been sacked ! 16 years I was there it’s my belief they wanted me out .

    T

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    • Ian Morris

      You may have a claim for constructive dismissal or a breach of employment law but we cannot advise you on this matter. We strongly suggest that you seek the advice of an employment law specialist Solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

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  263. julie

    Can you claim for loss of earnings if absent from work (work related stress & anxiety) due to victimisation and discrimination under Equality Act 2010 even if the grievance is not upheld by employer.

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    • Ian Morris

      You need to seek the advice of a specialist employment law Solicitor.

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  264. Caroline monk

    Can I claim for stress caused by a recent ex employer due to not paying me money I’m owed from paid work and threats?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This sounds like you need the services of en employment law specialist rather than a Personal Injury compensation specialist such as Direct2Compensation. There is no legal grounds for an employer to withhold salary payments unless an employee has received paid holiday that they have not yet accrued.

      We recommend that you seek advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau or contact an employment law Solicitor to discuss your situation.

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  265. Mother of 5 weeks old baby

    Hi

    I’m a mother of 2 children 1 at 4 years and other child is just 5 weeks old. I started my maternity leave just few weeks back but for my surprise my employer has placed me on redundancy and deliberately ignored my plea on my enhanced rights under Materinty leave regulation and been discriminated & unfairly treated. I’m taking up the case to tribunal through a employment solicitor but from the day this unexpected news broke I’m on undue stress, anxiety and depression considering my job , family ‘s future and my career is at stake. I could not sleep or eat well and it is affecting my new born child ‘s health too. As a new mother my child is dependent on breast feed and due stress the milk secretion is bad and I’m going through tough time. I had a 3rd degree tear during pregnancy and has surgery. It’s just been 5weeks and still going through the pain but my employer ignored my request and invited me to attend the consultation. There is absolute no consideration for a women and new mother. I feel so upset and depressed which is now affecting my whole family. I’m planning to make personal injury compensation for all mental & physical mental trauma that I’m going through at the moment which impact my new born and 4 year old kid. I have my specialist appointment on 5 March but I’m finding it extremely difficult to come of the current thought process and it is disturbing me largely. Please suggest how do I go about with current situation ? I have also raised a grievance with my employer and that’s been unanswered as well.

    Thanks & I look forward response.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your situation sounds awful and very distressing. We think you have done the right thing by taking out a grievance against the employer and you should pursue that further.

      Given that your query relates more to employment law than personal injury law, we feel that your best interests will be served by seeking the advice and support of a specialist employment law Solicitor rather than a firm such as ourselves who specialise in Personal Injury law and Personal Injury compensation claims.

      We do have a partner firm who operate in employment law and would happily refer your information to them if you would like to contact us so that we can do so for you?

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  266. Jean Blake

    I had to leave my work in April 2017 due to receiving absolutely no support from my boss. I first told the HR manager that I was suffering from work related anxiety and depression in July 2014. She was not particularly supportive but asked if I thought counselling might help. I told her that I had already used the free 6 sessions that I could access from my medical insurance so she said she would check if I could get further sessions. To this date, I am still waiting for a response from her – she obviously didn’t think it was very important. In the end I arranged counselling myself (at my own cost). By April 2016 my workload was way over the top. I was working on average 60 hour weeks and coming into the office on a Sunday approximately 40 times a year. Nobody else in my department worked weekends and the most hours anybody ever did was around 45 per week. In April 2016 I told my departmental boss (via email) I was suffering from work related anxiety and depression. Although he acknowledged my email, he never once asked about my wellbeing, either face to face or by email. From April 2016 I constantly asked him for help as my workload was too much. He would either tell me that everyone was busy and it would die down; ignore me or; say that one of the trainees would help me when they had their own workload to see to. Needless to say, I didn’t get support from anyone. In April 2017 I told him that unless I got proper help I would have no choice but to leave. During my annual leave in April 2017 I fell ill and ended up sleeping 20 hours a day. The counsellor I was seeing at the time thought I was suffering from burnout. When I returned to the office, my boss asked to see me in his office which is when I told him I was suffering from burnout. He had no response to that but told me that ‘I was disrupting his long term plans for the division’ and also ‘disrupting your fellow colleagues’. He told me I let him know immediately whether I was handing in my notice. I was so shocked by his behaviour that I resigned there and then. I had 12 weeks notice to give, which was just awful. He only spoke to me once; asked my colleagues to ask me certain things rather than speak to me directly and; he decided to work from home on my last 2 days in the office so he didn’t have to wish me well. I fought my anxiety and depression hard, I got another job but after about 8 weeks, it all caught up with me and I suffered some sort of psychological trauma/nervous breakdown. I had to leave my new job at the end of September 2017. Since then I barely leave the house and if I do I have to be accompanied. I have considered suicide on 5 occasions. I have finally seen a NHS psychiatric nurse after a long wait but this is very much early days.
    I contacted a fairly big personal injury firm up here in Scotland asking them to represent me but they turned me down saying it was too difficult to prove. Should I just give up and not contact any more personal injury solicitors? My concern is that nobody will want to represent me as my employer is one of the top law firms in Scotland. I appreciate from what I have read it is difficult to prove but I believe in my case, my breakdown was foreseeable and my employer failed in his duty of care to me.
    Any comments would be very much appreciated. I haven’t left my real name for fear of anyone from my former employment seeing it.

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    • Ian Morris

      It seems like your situation is more a matter of employment law than personal injury and as such, we would advise that you seek the expert opinion of an employment law specialist. We are not experts in employment law so cannot advise you on that area, but what you state happened to you would be ‘constructive dismissal’ and as such, you may be able to proceed along an employment claim route.

      As you are based in Scotland, you will probably need to find a firm working within the Scottish legal system with regards to employment law matters.

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      • Jean Blake

        Thanks very much for your response – much appreciated.

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        • Ian Morris

          You are most welcome, we hope you have found our personal injury ‘ask a question’ service useful. If you need any further help, please call us on 01225430285

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  267. Angela gardiner

    Hi, I developed with depression caused by work in 2015, I was put on medication and went to therapy for 12 weeks, but did not take any time off work. I had to take anti-depressants in the end. In 2016 I investigated the business myself for nearly 6 months to prove fraud was going on in the business against HMRC. Shockingly, my Line Manager ignored my concerns and swept my complaints/concerns under the carpet. I amassed evidence and put grievances in against the Line Manager the and person who was guilty of committing the fraud.

    I was interviewed at length by Auditors who were brought in, then I was interviewed again by the Operations Manager with a note taker present. The person who had committed the fraud, I presume had left their job, but the Line Manager stayed on until March 2017 and then handed in notice to leave. I was told I had opened a can of worms but that was all they could tell me. I told the Operations Manager because my Manager would not listen to me and in this time I had become very stressed and felt terrible about the whole situation and that I’d had to investigate the fraud issue on my own.

    We then had an audit this year in March and failed (not signing receipts for petty cash, sending the wrong paperwork to the Head Office, banking late (sometimes due to staff shortage), not taking an audit roll on daily basis. There was a long list of problems. Because of this I had to attend a disciplinary hearing to which I took a long standing friend with me for support. The hearing lasted some 4 hours with no break. I had taken 2 weeks to put my case together and could demonstrate that the vast majority of the discrepancies occurred on my day off or on days when I did not work – such as Sundays. However, it was found that I was overall responsible as I was the Manager. I received a letter from the employer stating that I was being issued with a written warning because of the failed audit.

    The following day I had my annual review which I cried all the way through as I had been under so much pressure, with no Manager, no Deputy (she had left in the March), no time off since November 16 except my rest days. I felt like I was drowning. Then to add insult to injury in review my Operations Manager for the North West region asked if I had heard from my Manager since he left and proceeded to tell me how well he was and that he keeps in regular contact with her and 2 other members of staff. I was gobsmacked as to why she would think that I would want to hear from someone who put me through such hell.

    Our new Manager went live on the region at the end of June, the work load is for 2 people and I had no deputy or back up after she left, it was 5 weeks before they advertised her job and up to now the last I heard 2 weeks ago when I had a meeting with my Manager, they still have not replaced this position. I ended up by August at the end of my tether, low, down, struggling with work load and targets daily/weekly ones and still working on my own.
    I became unwell and started getting very bad heart palpitations, breathlessness, the shakes, crying and feeling extremely unhappy. I knew that I needed to see my GP, so attended on 9th August and was signed off from work with bad chest infection and anxiety, which my medical records state as being due to work. I returned to see mt GP on 6th September and was signed off again, this time until the 4th October when I am due to see the GP again. At this time I cannot go back to work, as things are still the same with the same people, same daily work schedule etc. I really do feel like the company has completely sucked my desire to do the job completely out of me. Can I claim any compensation? I just feel I need justice for what I have been through.

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    • Ian Morris

      Thank you for visiting our website and sharing the awful situation in which you have found yourself because of the unhelpful and unsupportive attitudes of your employer and work colleagues.

      Claiming compensation for work related stress and anxiety is something that can be done, but is something that can often require very specialist legal knowledge.

      Given your description of the situation in which you found yourself, we would recommend that you seek the services of a specialist Employment Law Solicitor and discuss this with them. It may be that you can seek compensation for this situation with the right advice and legal support.

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      • Angela Gardiner

        Thank you so much for reading my rather long message!! And a very big thank you for your advice, i felt like i was going out of my mind.

        Regards

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        • Ian Morris

          You are most welcome, we are here to help. At Direct2Compensation we pride ourselves on being here to answer queries and offer help where we can. On some occasions such as yours, we can’t offer direct help but we can always listen and offer you some guidance on where to go for help. I hope you find success and can get the assistance you are looking for.

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  268. Frank

    Hi.
    I am working for my current employer for one year.
    Had an issue with a manager ( now removed from site)

    Been assigned to manage a team of workers which were not from my industry. Without any training even I have asked for it. This role is not in my contract. ( e.g. a Doctor should look after Bricklayer.)
    I was always getting the blame even I should not be responsible.
    Been unfairly accused of racism several times by same person.
    (Everyone was interviewed to give statements about me)
    No support from management even when I was asking for help , support and training. (Werbaly and via e-mail)
    Another Supervisor from other shift is interfering in my shift, even firing staff from my shirt.
    And many other issues that have now led to my absence. I have stress, depressions, on strong medications , been reffered to psychiatrist. I started my sicknote with sleeping problems.
    But they know what’s the problem with me. ( On the wellbeing meeting , my manager knew is work related. Discussion of the record)
    So I want to ask what options I have .

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    • Ian Morris

      Your situation sounds stressful and difficult. From reading what you describe, I think you need to speak with an employment law specialist rather than a personal injury compensation specialist as you may well have a claim against your employer in that arena rather than any personal injury.

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  269. Daniel

    I recently left my job due to stress and anxiety, some of the listed below, do you think I have a claim?

    I had been employed for over 10 years and worked my way up to shift manager.

    I found being shift supervisor quite stress full but I could manage it and I thought it was normal to get stressed.
    Around 3 months after accepting the shift managers position I felt my stress levels rising and a was getting anxious.
    I eventually found myself not sleeping in the nights, work was constantly on my mind and I was overthinking and clock watching. so in turn I was constantly tired.

    I would get angry at work and loose my temper regularly, I was taking this temper home with me, my fiancé and children found me difficult to live with.

    I was smoking heavily and eating a lot because I found food comforting.
    I would be in an almost constant state of worry, worrying about a confrontation in work (would I have the answers people needed?) or worrying about meetings or disaplinaries that would be coming up.

    I had headaches, chest pain, lower back pain, short of breath,l could see things floating around in my eyes. Doctor suggested headaches and pain in back could be physical symptoms of anxiety.

    I was diagnosed with anxiety and put medication.

    I gave a months notice in September 2016 to stand down from the shift managers position,
    Four of my superiors talked me out of this and I took my notice back on the basis of (they said they would help me). I didn’t receive this help.
    I’m February 2017 I gave my months notice to finish work because things had got worse for me. My finish date was the 28th of febuary, but I finished on the the 15th because I could not take it anymore. I felt I had no choice but to finish my job, I did not have the support I needed.

    Since leaving the job my life has changed drastically, I no longer need medication, I no longer eat for comfort I no longer have anger issues and I have quit smoking.
    I am now in a much better place but I am not the same person I was.
    I am now in a much lower payed job, I have to work more hours and I earn less money.

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    • Ian Morris

      From what you have said, you may have a claim against your former employer, but our concern would be that this is more of a constructive dismissal matter – in that the actions or inactions of your former employer forced you to quit your post.

      With this in mind, we would recommend that you seek the advice of an Employment Law specialist rather than an Injury Compensation specialist such as ourselves.

      It is important to make sure that you get the right legal advice and given your situation, an employment law Solicitor will be best placed to advise and possibly represent you.

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  270. Sandra

    Hello i have work related stress and already I’m not going to work 3 weeks is ut possible to get some compensation from my employer?

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    • Ian Morris

      Sandra

      Work related stress claims can succeed if it can be shown that an employer has failed to adequately support a worker or placed an unfair burden of work upon them. Such claims are very specialised and should be made with the assistance of a specialist employment law Solicitor.

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  271. Helen

    Hi. Will try to cut a long story short! Been a civil servant for 28 years with the last 10 in a management position. High performing, regularly awarded annual performance bonuses. Excellent attendance record. No discipline issues. Since 2012 workload increasing and support decreasing. Submitted stress survey in May 2012. No action taken and I just “got on with it”. New managers/ways of working from 2014. Macho/bullying culture ensued. Two female members of my team buckled and resigned. By end of 2014 I was beginning to crack (tearful meetings/email exchange evidence) but still kept delivering. April 2015 awarded performance bonus for delivering a major project. Then given another new line manager who didn’t appear to like me…….I believe this was due to me being female but not subservient and maybe being too good at my job/a threat. Several other female staff also had issues. No support given, more pressure with impossible deadlines. Excluded from meetings and generally set up to fail. Complained about another manager (friend of my LM) who had acted aggressively towards me and made sarcastic/sexist comments on a number of occasions. Another tearful meeting led to me submitting a stress survey in July 2015. Nothing
    constructive done. August 2015 was told my role was no longer available to me as a part-timer (4 days a week)…….(it was subsequently advertised as available to part timers/job sharers). Final straw! Severe panic attack saw me go home sick. Tried to return after a month. Managed 2 weeks but further poor treatment saw me go long term sick in October 2015. Raised complaint then formal grievance regarding malicious action with LMs acting behind my back in secret and marking me as a poor performer in April 2016……won grievance and taken out of bottom 10%. Pursued further grievance regarding bullying/victimisation. Turned down in August but went to appeal which was partially upheld in January 2017. Employer conceded I had been bullied by one manager with others needing more investigation (Senior Manager later refused to sanction this investigation). However in November 2016 I had been dismissed to take effect from 02/02/17. Limited efficiency compensation eventually paid but in meantime I had been adversely affected by a rule change which cost me £18k. I believe this was malicious and/or sharp practice. January 2017 employer conceded my illness was work related and I received some back-pay from my sick absence. Transpired my LM had failed to pursue my ill health retirement application but reluctantly agreed to do so during my notice period. Before leaving for another job he submitted a malicious statement to Health Assured about what had been going on, showing me in a bad light. I only found out about this by accident via my GP. I have been trying to get the statement for several months; informally, then through Freedom of Information and finally via the ombudsman (ICO) who state Home Office are in breach of DPA and must provide statements by tomorrow. Meanwhile my health has been severely affected. I am taking anti depressants, am being referred for further counselling and have an appointment with a consultant psychiatrist next week. My questions; do I have a claim? I have received some “limited efficiency” compensation but nothing for my pain and suffering nor future loss of income. My 28 year career has been cut short through no fault of my own. I cannot see myself being able to get back to my previous income level prior to retirement even if I find myself well enough to return to employment. I am told I may have been covered by the DDA. Who actually decides on this? I believe there have been elements of gender and disability discrimination. I believe I have also been the victim of bullying (proven), victimisation (by those I complained about who then closed ranks on me) and harassment. I have 3 witnesses who are happy to speak on my behalf including a more senior female manager who has also been forced out by these managers. Sorry about the ramble! My union was hopeless. I am waiting to hear from my home insurance company regarding my legal protection. Saw this and hoped you could advise………….

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    • Ian Morris

      Hi Helen

      Thank you for visiting our website, I am sorry to hear about your recent experiences at work and how you feel the victim of discrimination and bullying.

      We do have a link to a specialist employment law Solicitor who can assist with such claims against employers and we would be very happy to link you up with that individual.

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    • HELEN

      Morning Ian. Yes I would be interested in speaking to someone please.

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  272. Juste

    Good morning, i wan’t to mane a claim against my employers, and get a moral compansation from them. Can you advise me if this is possible at all?
    I was working with the same company from 5th january 2016 till 15th december 2016. I was doing part time job 80 hours a month. Everything was fine till april. I didn’t had any problems. And then in novemver 2016 my boss called to hmrc and told them that i’m not working with them anymore from begining of april. Because of that my benefits was cut, i didnt recieved any benefits and recieved a letter that i own hmrc 900 pound for workig tax credit. Because i was still working with them, i send my payslips to hmrc to proof of my work, and then i found out that they deleted me from all workers system. I quit my job in december. Employers gave me p45, but still i’m classed as non worker for all 2016. My incomes in 2016 showing as 0 in tax office, and i was working 9 months, earned 5300 in that time. Employers refused to change information anywhere and insulted me for trying to speak with them politly and sort this situation.

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    • Ian Morris

      Juste

      This is not something we could assist with or offer much support. You really need to be speaking to HMRC and demonstrating to them that your employer has acted incorrectly. You may also wish to speak with an Employment Law specialist too.

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  273. Jane

    Hi, I’ve been with my current government employer for 18 years, 14 of those years I have suffered discrimination, assaults, harassment and bullying. The last 3 years ive been a manager and I’ve suffered with a very high workload sometimes covering 6 posts including my own. I’ve had to manage one gross misconduct case which lead to the person trying to get me sacked by attempting to get members of my team to say I’m bullying them and making dishonest comments about me. It got so bad that HR wrote a report to the misconduct hearing stating the individuals behaviour had been unacceptable towards me and went on to say that they should have suspended them instead of leaving them in the same department as myself during the investigation (around 6 months).
    I had to manage another member of my team long term sickness. There was evidence that the person was not honest with his illness but management refused to investigate this. The member of staff spent around a year making suggestions that I was bullying him (instigated by the other member of the team) this caused other members of the department (over 50) to ignore me talk about and disrespect me on a daily basis. HR believed he was using me to deflect from his inability to do the job.
    I was then told I had to manage a member of staff from another department because he was leaving and needed a different role until his leave date. This wasn’t true he was being investigated for gross misconduct and I ended up have to make reports on him and in the end informing him that he was being suspended. Staff in the department started to joke about me being the grim reaper as I had two members of staff sacked and one moved out of my team. During this time I was suffering stress related health issues and management and HR all stated that I was dealing with extremely stressful issues and had to deal with issues that most managers would never have to deal with in their whole career. The situation got so bad I felt I had no choice but to apply to go to another department. Within a month of starting in a new unit I fell sick and I have been diagnosed PTSD and anxiety disorder and depression, this has severely effected my daily life and I have been unable to work for the last year. I have tried to negotiate an agreed exit but they refused and have claimed my ill health isn’t work related (my Home life is very stable and supportive so they aren’t able to use this as a reason) Would I be able to take action against my employer?

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    • Ian Morris

      Jane

      You may be able to take action but as you can imagine, such claims are very difficult. That said, it should not stop you from taking this further. I suggest that you call our specialist partners at Bartletts Solicitors directly on 01244313301 for guidance and advise with this.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

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  274. Stresshead

    Hi, I have been off work with work related stress for the last few months which has led to depression. I attended a meeting with my boss and she assured me that if I return to work she would accommodate a phased duties as well as hours return to work. I returned to work and was immediately told that although they would accommodate the phased hours, unforeseen circumstances had arisen and I wouldn’t be allowed the “light duties” anymore. The job was as stressful as when I left so after me telling work that I felt out of my depth again I went off sick a few days later as I wasn’t being listened to. I have attended a further meeting and now been told if I do not return to work then my case will be passed to another manager who will look at demotion or dismissal. I wonder if you could advise please?

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    • Ian Morris

      Shauna

      Stress resulting from work situations is a growing problem. Many employers now expect their staff to work harder for less, manage more work than is reasonable and the physical impact of work related stress can be extremely serious.

      You may well be able to pursue a claim for compensation against your employer for the work related stress problem that you have been coping with. Making such claims is not easy, but there are rules that an employer must follow when it comes to being put on notice that someone has a health issue related to their working environment. However, there is not necessarily an obligation for an employer to provide light duties – certainly on a long term basis.

      However, if the employer has made an agreement with you that you could return to work on a phased hours basis, with light duties initially, then it is only fair that they meet their end of the agreement and allow you to return to work gradually and as you get back in the groove so to speak, that they increase your hours and workload to the point that you are eventually able to work your full hours and deal with a full workload.

      It would not seem fair or reasonable to look at demoting you or dismissing you if the employer has moved the goal posts and refused you light duties after agreeing them with you.

      I would suggest that your initial action should be to escalate this within your employers HR department and arrange a meeting where you can state the agreement that was made – to which you had agreed (to return on light duties and reduced hours) and that this agreement was immediately broken by the employer on the first day of your return.

      I hope that this helps you.

      Best wishes

      Ian

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      • Streehead

        Hi Ian, Thanks for your reply. The last meeting I attended included a HR caseworker. I explained everything in the meeting and the HR caseworker agreed with my manager that if the business need changed then they rightfully put me on normal duties. Ridiculously, we again discussed light duties and it was stated that if the business need changed (but they didn’t anticipate it would) then they again wouldn’t be able to accommodate the light duties. The discussion seemed pointless. I told them I had lost confidence in them because of the last attempt at returning. I will hopefully be returning to work after christmas.

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        • Ian Morris

          I hope that you are able to get back to work in the New Year and I can fully understand why you have lost confidence in the employer!

          Best of luck!

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  275. Monika

    Can I ask for compensation for all this stress?

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    • Ian Morris

      Monika

      Please see my answer to your initial comment.

      Thanks

      Ian

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  276. Monika

    Could I complain about social lady who didn’t do her job properly and after all it was me who’s been left with all stress
    Officially she should contact my client not me all off them should not write to my private email and make me stress about not going home for xmass
    I’m just carer not social worker and apparently it’s not my problem that someone didn’t do job like they should why I should pay for someone mistakes and didn’t sleep for week waiting for all of them to organise everything

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    • Ian Morris

      Monika

      Thank you for your comment. Your situation certainly sounds stressful and I can appreciate that you have had a very difficult time dealing with these issues.

      Whether or not you could succeed with a claim for compensation is not something I can say with any certainty at this time. You would have to demonstrate a failure at a corporate (employer) level rather than just a matter of individuals simply contacting you on their own behalf. If you can show that Social Services (or whoever else has overall responsibility for the area in which you found yourself) failed to correctly inform workers who they should contact and how, you may be able to bring a claim for stress and psychological anxiety issues. As you can appreciate, this is a difficult matter and may not succeed.

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  277. Ann Coote

    Hi,
    I was made redundant after 23 years and selected by job title ‘administrator’. I was shocked to be one of those in this pool, as my job is vital to the whole site and it’s a busy one. My job is unique, and quite specialised. I had gone through the consultation process, as standard, but contested the situation.
    The company made a big mistake and after I was told to leave site (prior to my official end date) a lady was sat at my desk doing my job.
    Such was the situation, colleagues went to the leadership team and stated that they were totally shocked and that I must be reinstated. So I was indeed offered my job back, and redundancy money was withdrawn. I had suffered a lot of stress and anxiety, after so many meetings. I did decide to stay, but was not compensated in any way in monetary terms. I feel I deserve a payout! I am still being asked if I got anything…. Of course I did not, but want to know how to approach the subject. My new boss is supportive.
    Thank you

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    • Ian Morris

      Thank you for your comment and enquiry. I am sorry to hear that you have had such a stressful and upsetting experience. Claims such as yours are not always straight-forward, but that does not mean that you do not have a viable claim for compensation as a result of stress and anxiety caused by an employer. The key to having a successful claim for compensation in your case will depend on whether or not your stress was recorded with your employer and with your GP. Obviously, if this happened to you some time ago and nothing was recorded and no medical consultation was undertaken, it will be hard to prove the basis of your claim. However, if this has happened recently you could still see a GP and report the situation to them. You should also speak to the HR department of your employer and discuss this situation with them. Of course, if you have already done this, you should submit your details via our website and we can arrange for a suitably experienced solicitor to contact you to discuss taking this further.

      I hope that this response if of use to you. Should you have any further queries or wish to discuss anything with us, please feel free to email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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