Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus


BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 13 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3-7220
  • A shiver of anxiety ran through the body of employers in 1995 when the High Court awarded heavy compensation to a social worker who sustained a “psychological injury” caused by stressful conditions at work (IDS Brief 1999;648:7-8). A recent county court judgement strengthened this precedent, awarding damages equivalent to five years” earnings to an employee who developed severe depression after being redeployed without appropriate training. The court agreed that the employer had been negligent in requiring her to undertake stressful and demanding work without assessing her ability to do it.

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