Psychological injuries in the workplace is relatively common in Australia. It is highly probable that you will suffer from work-related stress, anxiety, or depression at some point during your professional life.
A survey carried out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that approximately 45% of Australians between the ages of 16 and 85 would be struck by mental illness at some point during their lives.
Workplace psychological injuries in Canberra
As a busy city, Canberra has it’s fair share of stressed-out workers. Unfortunately, they find the workplace to be an extremely overwhelming place.
Canberra is no stranger to cases of psychological injuries in the workplace. While some workers can mitigate their mental problems via therapy or proper self-care, the vast majority have to struggle with it.
The Financial Cost of Poor Workplace Mental Health
These problems ultimately affect their work performance and professional relationships. Moreover, research suggests that businesses in Australia lose more than $6.5 billion each year by merely failing to deal with the mental illnesses of their employees.
Employers should not underestimate the cost of a mentally ill worker. They should adopt measures to improve their employees’ mental condition. An essential step in this process is understanding the types of psychological injuries that workers can suffer from. Each one of them will need a different course of action.
A psychological injury is a personal injury. More often than not it is caused by a set of workplace demands that result in considerable mental stress for the victim. Employees cannot expect their employer to know when they are psychologically injured. However, it is up to employers to provide workers with the best care possible. It is a legal duty for them to do so. If they fall short, you are advised to get in touch with a specialist personal injury lawyer. This action is critical to ensure you get the justice and peace of mind you deserve.
To understand the types of psychological problems one might face at the workplace, you need to know the causes. For the most part, mental illnesses occur as a result of deteriorating interpersonal relationships, harassment and sexual abuse. Abrupt increase in workloads, general feelings of uncertainty, low pay, and considerable change in the workplace are other factors.
Common Psychological Injuries in the Workplace
The most common psychological injuries faced at work include stress related to the job you are doing, depression, general anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
These disorders and mental problems inhibit your performance, drastically worsen your mood, and your relationships at the workplace suffer tremendously.
Once it becomes clear to you that you are under immense mental stress, you should report it to your employer immediately. If they are negligent or fail to take the appropriate measures, you have every right to hire a lawyer and make a psychological injury work claim.
Personal injury lawyers at United Legal are professionals in their field. They can be trusted to help you get the care you deserve at your workplace.
Our barristers and solicitors represent the interests of workers with personal injury claims in the courts of the ACT. Since we are a small firm, we can be more personal and in touch with you. This ensures that your problems receive the undivided attention that they deserve.
The costs incurred by mental injuries are tremendous. You do not deserve to be subjected to them in the workplace. Your employer may be unable to complete their legal obligation of fulfilling your workplace rights. In this case, you should not hesitate to take immediate action by getting in touch with our lawyers.
After all, what you deserve is mental peace that allows you to thrive both as an employee and as an individual.
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