Personal Injury

Retired police officer settles claim after suffering adverse mental health affects due to being overworked

Our client suffered from adverse effects to their mental health due to a lack of foresight and breach of duty from defendant.

16 August 2022

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Our personal injury experts recently represented a retired police officer who suffered from severe adverse mental health following chronic overworking. Such distress led to Clive*, our client, being diagnosed with generalised anxiety and panic disorder.

As a member of the Police Federation, Clive was able to access our bespoke personal injury services that we offer to Federation members, with our expert, Matthew Tomlinson, alongside Sadia Masood, assigned to the case.

The case was particularly complex due to the nature of the breach of duty, foresight, and causation of injury. Due to denial of liability from the defendants, Court proceedings were deemed necessary and, as such, the case began to develop towards a 3-day trial before the defendant entered into meaningful settlement discussions.

Clive achieved a financial settlement after it was concluded that their employer failed in their responsibility to heed the warnings of an overburdening workload.

The psychological impact of being chronically overworked led our client to be signed off work due to stress with no measures being put in place to support them upon their return to work. This was also factored into the case as a failure to make reasonable adjustments.

Whilst our client was thankful for the financial settlement achieved, he is also grateful for the support and guidance provided by our expert legal team, providing him with the means to move forward with confirmation that bringing the claim forward was the right thing to do.

Our expert personal injury solicitors at Slater and Gordon offer a number of legal services to police officers through the Police Federation, including obtaining financial compensation for officers injured both in the line of duty, as well as in non-work related accidents.

Simply get in touch on 0330 041 5869,or contact us via our online form or web chat.

*Client’s name has been changed to ensure confidentiality.

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