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Redress for unbearable stress at work
Shoosmiths acted on behalf of a client who suffered psychiatric injuries working as a financial planning analyst with a multi-national security firm. Her problems stemmed not just from her unrealistic workload and lack of support but also her treatment by a male superior. She described going into work every day as 'an ordeal'.
Unable to cope she was signed off work for a month. When she returned, the situation had not changed materially and she was again signed off with stress-related anxiety. Unable to return to work at all, her contract of employment was terminated.
To make a successful stress at work claim, an employer's negligence must have caused a forseseeable injury. if an employer did nothing to prevent such an injury, the case for an award is pretty strong.
Fortunately our client had kept a day-by-day diary of events and a report from a previous occupational health meeting to support her case. Shoosmiths instructed a consultant psychiatrist who confirmed her illness and recommended treatment to aid her recovery and help her get back into work in future.
Liability was denied by her employer throughout and we therefore issued court proceedings. Several very low offers were made and rejected by us before a reasonable compensation sum was negotiated without the need to go to trial. The outcome for our client has been very positive. She has been able to get back to work for another company and is moving forward with her life again.