Stress is a normal emotion that everyone feels in their life. Stress can have different causes such as family, future anxiety, business life, decisions to be made, financial situation, or private life. Stress has both physical and mental effects. It is often caused by major life events such as illness, the death of a loved one, or a change in job responsibilities or expectations. Even much smaller day-to-day events can cause stress. Even if this stress is not so obvious, the sustained and cumulative effects of minor stressors can have enormous effects. This huge impact also has a devastating effect on physical and mental health.
In response to these daily stresses, the body; automatically increases heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, metabolism, and even blood flow to the muscles. This stress-induced response aims to help the body react quickly and effectively to any dangerous situation. If this problem persists, serious and permanent health problems may occur.
As mentioned above, “work-life”, which has a very important place among the sources of stress, is effective enough to reduce the quality of life.
So, is it possible to get compensation in such a case?
Stress is not considered an injury in itself. However, if aggravated stress is present, it may qualify as an injury. The existence of such a situation may cause a psychological situation that will enable you to claim compensation. In order to make an assessment, by getting information from an expert lawyer; this compensation can be claimed.
Compensation for injury caused by stress is a difficult process. Because the plaintiff faces the challenge of proving that the stress is caused by toxic conditions in the workplace. These conditions may include these:
- intense work pressure,
- harassment against a worker,
- bullying against a worker,
- the presence of occupational violence against a worker,
- a traumatic event to which the worker was exposed,
- long working hours,
- Lack of an ergonomic working environment,
- Inappropriate heat and light scheme in the workplace,
- intense competition in the workplace.
The reasons listed above can be counted as the causes of stress in the workplace. But especially for compensation, the main factors are listed in SafeWork Australia as follows:
- working long hours and emotionally demanding assignments,
- lack of role clarity,
- low levels of recognition and reward,
- poorly managed change and problems with organizational justice,
- low levels of control,
- work demands like strict deadlines,
- poor support from supervisors and co-workers,
- monotonous or dull tasks.
If the working conditions present such difficulties, the first thing to do is to gather evidence to prove the current situation. After that, an experienced lawyer working on workers’ compensation for stress should be consulted. The steps to be taken should then be determined.
What can be claimed for work-related stress compensation?
In the event of a work-related stress injury, compensation may be claimed for losses resulting from it, such as weekly payments and medical expenses. The extent of compensation to be received depends on the severity of the injury. A lump-sum payment may also be requested if the injury is considered to be 15% or more disability. Consulting an experienced stress compensation lawyer will give you more insight into what can be claimed for specific situations that occur.