Consequences of stress among lawyers

Similar to the understanding that burnout affects employees’ work and personal life as well as their organizations, the clients of the organizations and the quality of products and services (Maslach et al., 1996), Elwork and Benjamin (1995) described two groups of consequences of stress among lawyers. The first group are consequences that affect lawyers, specifically their wellbeing. Here are mental and physical health problems, drug and alcohol abuse, impaired professional efficacy, disabilities and decreased quality of life. The second group includes consequences that affect lawyers’ clients and the legal system in general due to inefficient and incompetent representation and violations of ethical norms and rules.