Setfords were instructed to pursue a psychiatric injury claim against our client’s former employer. This was following a complaint of bullying and harassment, which caused him psychiatric injury.
Examples of the harassment leading to psychiatric injury included:
- Our client’s colleagues put a postcard in the workplace, which referred to the Claimant’s “sad life story”
- Our client’s colleagues put up a poster of a rat type creature with a human face containing derogatory text aimed at our client. The poster remained in place for two weeks, despite our client’s complaints for it to be taken down.
- Our client’s workplace was sabotaged, including the re-setting of his work machine, which caused the product he was manufacturing to be defective. A colleague of our client would often drive his pallet truck dangerously close to our client whilst beeping his horn and shouting abuse.
- Our client suffered almost daily verbal abuse and sarcastic rounds of applause when he entered the room.
Setfords initiated a psychiatric injury claim for work-related stress, occasioned by bullying and under the Protection from Harassment Act.
The Defendant employer failed to engage with Setfords during the Pre Action Protocol process. So, psychiatric evidence was obtained, and Court proceedings were issued.
Despite efforts by the Defendant to contest the litigation, an offer of £150,000 was accepted by our client. This offer enabled him to rebuild his life following the psychiatric injury claim and start his own business.