Occupational stress may be considered a type of occupational disease. This is a condition wherein the person may experience a heightened level of anxiety, mental fatigue, and other symptoms. Certain professions and jobs may involve conditions that create more stress than others.
Also, certain events or incidents at the workplace can “trigger” occupational stress. These include: harassment, dangerous working conditions, incidents of discrimination, and indecent or improper workplace atmospheres.
Occupational stress can be caused by a combination of different factors. These can include:
- Working too many hours in a day, week, or month
- Performing work that one is not sufficiently trained for
- Exposure to highly emotional or psychologically challenging issues (for instance, counseling jobs)
- Facing penalties or being threatened with termination
- Loss of wages, facing pay cuts, or losing benefits
- Dealing with unfairness, illegal conduct, or unethical acts in the workplace
Some employers may be reluctant to recognize occupational stress as an actual condition or industrial disease. However, occupational stress can sometimes be severe to the point that it also causes severe physical symptoms as well. These can include hyperventilating, shaking, nausea, upset stomach, dizziness, and panic/anxiety-like symptoms.
Occupational stress can sometimes relate to various other claims. For instance, occupational stress can often involve factors of emotional distress or pain and suffering. For instance, undergoing a traumatic experience at work can lead to occupational stress. Since occupational stress can sometimes be difficult to define, the damages award may be characterized as a distress or pain and suffering award. Cases involving actual physical symptoms tend to be more likely to prevail than ones that don’t involve physical symptoms.
Additionally, occupational stress can sometimes be related to illegal conduct in the workplace, especially harassment. Intimidation and threats in the workplace from a peer or superior can sometimes create occupational stress. Thus, when filing a claim, it’s important to be thorough and to keep a good account of all the factors that may be involved in your claim.
As you can see, occupational stress issues can often involve many other different injury and employment concepts. Thus, you may wish to hire an employment lawyer if you need assistance with an occupational stress lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with expert legal advice on the matter, and can also represent your interests during official court hearings.