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Six Figure Compensation Awarded for Stress at Work


We successfully acted for Paul Jackson in his claim against Innovate Holdings Limited.

Paul, a chartered management accountant and Group Financial Director, worked for this large national distribution company, based in Nottingham, since 2001.  The company has since gone into Administration in 2008 and placed into Liquidation a year later.

In 2004 Paul had been off work with a suspected heart attack caused by stress at work and the burden of work placed on him.  However, it transpired that it wasn’t a heart attack but stress related due to mental and physical exhaustion.  When Paul returned to work in early 2005 he did not receive any phased return to work and was, once again, forced to regularly work 15 hour days and suffered constant holiday interruptions.  In November 2006, Paul suffered a severe depressive illness and was unable to return to work until September 2007.  Once again, the lack of a return to work policy forced Paul to have no option but to resign shortly thereafter.

A claim was issued against the Company, through their insurers Zurich, for damages and costs.

Paul Jackson, commented:  “I am absolutely delighted with the outcome.  This money has given me and my family financial security for a very long time.  I can’t thank Lupton Fawcett enough for the way in which they handled this case and the tenacious way they handled the opposition.  I am especially grateful to Robert and Emma not only for their professionalism and skill but also the sensitive and caring way they supported me and my family during this long process”.

The team at Lupton Fawcett was led by Robert Tranter, associate, and supported by assistant Emma Rigby.  Robert comments: “Paul was very skilled and loved his job. Sadly his treatment by the Company resulted in his inability to do his job through no fault of his own.  Employers have a duty of care to their employees to ensure that their workloads are manageable and with correct Health and Safety procedures in place. I am very pleased with the settlement that we recovered for Paul and hopefully this will go along way to helping Paul get on with his life.  This has been a long drawn out case for Paul and I am delighted that he has received what he rightly deserves despite the fact that the insurer's solicitors had regularly stated throughout the case that they had never had to pay out on such a claim".

Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.

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