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£100,000 for family of man who committed suicide due to work stress

17th September, 2012

The family of a council executive worker who stabbed himself at home with a kitchen knife in 2007 due to an intolerable amount of work stress has now received a lump sum payment of £100,000.

Before he killed himself, the deceased visited his doctor, saying that he had become “obsessed” with work and providing for his family. He was suffering so greatly with stress that he was being physically sick. He told his doctor that his stress was due to the fact that his department at work had been reduced to just himself and one other employee (who was absent on sick leave). He claimed that his managers had not provided him with the support he needed during the restructuring process, which had added to the amount of stress which he was experiencing.

The deceased’s family claimed that his employer, a London borough local authority, had been negligent in ignoring the concerns he raised and had given him an excessive and unreasonable workload. The local authority has always vehemently denied liability for his illness and his death, but a settlement has now been reached without an admission of responsibility. Mrs Justice Lang, sitting in the High Court on 5 September 2012, approved a £100,000 settlement in favour of the deceased’s daughters. His daughters, who are both under the age of 10, are due to receive £50,000 each under the settlement.

For further advice or information on how to handle stress in the workplace, employment law claims and resulting settlement negotiations, please contact Helen Kidd on 01244 405537 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

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