What does the phrase ‘workplace injury’ mean to you?

Most of us envisage trips, slips and falls, falls from height and other physical injuries. However, according to one Canadian expert, the possibility of employees sustaining a ‘mental injury’ is an “emerging topic that businesses are going to have to become familiar with”.

Physical injuries sustained in the workplace can also result in psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression.

At a seminar held by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce and Levert Group in Canada, a group of people acted out a skit in which a boss asked a member of staff to get through a lot of work by morning – the night before.

The conclusion was that if this happens on a continual basis, it could cause a mental or psychological injury, including stress, burnout, anxiety and depression.

Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce president Debbi Nicholson said she believes most businesses are familiar with addressing mental health concerns, but that there is a lack of awareness surrounding mental injury.

Canadian telecommunications giant Bell Canada was taken to court by employees claiming mental injury, and have consequently released a set of voluntary guidelines with the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) concerning mental health in the workplace.

Christi Smith, Levert’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) return to work specialist, said that a psychologically safe workplace keeps demands within the capacity of employees, gives staff a voice and responds to signs of conflict and distress.

Making a workplace accident claim

If you have had an accident at work and sustained a physical injury, Lampkin & Co Solicitors could help by pursuing a workplace accident claim on your behalf.

Employers have a legal responsibility to provide a safe working environment, suitable training and appropriate safety equipment. Where they breach any aspect of this duty of care – or you were injured due to the negligence of another member of staff – you may be entitled to compensation.

Physical injuries can have knock-on effects, leaving people suffering from a range of conditions such as anxiety and depression. Here at Lampkin & Co, we make comprehensive claims that cover everything needed to support your recovery and future.