A psychological injury or illness is a type of personal injury and is more often than not a consequence of the demands placed on someone at work, or as a result of trauma.
While an employer cannot predict how you may have been affected by whichever circumstances lead to your injuries, they have a legal duty of care to safeguard you as best as possible.
There are several factors which could contribute to a psychological injury, such as:
- Confidence issues after scarring from an accident
- Being involved in, or witnessing, an accident
- A breakdown in interpersonal relationships
- Harassment or discrimination
- An increase in workload
- Organisational changes
- Feeling undervalued
- Uncertainty at work
- Low pay
Sometimes it might be that there are a number of staff who feel the same and are having difficulties in carrying out their jobs, which might signal a serious organisational one that would need investigating.
Should an employee disclose these feelings, it is important that an employer treats their concerns with the utmost importance and respect, and reports it. Failure to do so can be viewed as a breach of their duty of care and make them liable for future negligence claims made against them.