- Stress factors
- Clinical medical condition vs emotion
- Are you receiving treatment?
- Must have suffered 'injury' according to WorkCover legislation
- Is stress condition caused or aggravated by work?
Stress in the workplace has become a significant health risk with 3 in 5 Australians working more hours than they’re paid for, it comes as no surprise that in 2012 alone, Queensland Health workers received $500,000
in time off work payments connected to work-related stress.
To make any claim under Qld’s WorkCover system, you must show that your work was a significant contributing factor towards the injury, in this case, the resulting psychological injury.
Work-related stress has been described defined as a physical, psychological or emotional reaction to the demands of work exceeding a worker’s abilities or resources.
Many factors need to be examined to establish employment as a significant contributing factor, including:
- Your work and home environment;
- Whether the source of the stress is easily identifiable;
- Pre-existing and unrelated (to employment) stressors;
- Whether the stress amounts to a psychological condition and if so, its precise nature;
- Whether you have sought or are receiving medical treatment.
Your claim will be rejected if your employer can prove that the stress arises as a result of “reasonable management action” performed in a reasonable way.
For that reason many claims where the resulting stress arises from:
- transferring, demoting or disciplining a worker;
- refusing leave, promotions or transfers,
are unlikely to succeed.
If you are unsure about the compensation claim process or have any questions feel free to call us on 07 3210 3437.
For an overview of work-related stress and how to manage it, click here.