If a painter and decorator injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Decorator injuries can happen in various circumstances, from home improvement accidents to professional error.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an accident at work, we can help. If your injuries were caused by the negligence or actions of your employer or a co-worker, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee work accident compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

With over 500,000 people injured at work each year, you are not alone

Painters and decorators routinely work at height when painting ceilings or building exteriors. Ladder use presents a particular danger, particularly if the ladder is used incorrectly or the user is tempted to overreach.

Decorators are particularly at risk of falls from height, which account for 17% of injuries in the workplace (hse.gov.uk).

If you decide to make a work injury claim, your solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

Am I eligible for negligent decorator injury compensation?

You should be entitled to negligent decorator injury compensation if your injury resulted from the negligence or actions of another person or organisation, or from an accident that was not your fault.

Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

Determining who is to blame for an accident is not always black and white.

In our recent 2024 Work Injury Claimant Survey, 26.02% of injured workers believed they may have been partly (or wholly) responsible for their injuries.

Your claim could still be possible if your actions contributed to your injury. If you were injured at work, you can claim compensation from your employer even if you or a co-worker caused the accident.

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Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

What if I am self-employed?

Many self-employed painters and decorators people work on sites owned or operated by another party e.g. a client's home or a building site.

If you are self-employed and you were injured as a result of the negligence of the operator of the premises where you were working, you may have grounds for a work accident claim.

How much compensation can I claim for a decorator injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Negligent decorator injury compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated July 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages is compensation for quantifiable financial losses you've incurred as a result of your injury. Compensation can include lost wages, bonuses, benefits and other perks, damage to clothing, damage to your property, and any additional expenses directly related to your injury.

These damages will also cover any medical or treatment bills, such as pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Risk of injury

Decorators are mainly at risk from:

  • Slipping on paint or paste
  • Inhaling toxic VOC fumes in poorly ventilated areas
  • Slip, trip and fall risks from tools, pots of paint or other equipment left lying around
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Dust inhalation

Your employer's 'duty of care'

All employers have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees.

Working at height

By following the procedures set out by the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, your employer should ensure that the risk of injury is minimised.

Where the risks have not been properly assessed and identified and the necessary equipment, appropriate precautions and systems of work provided and correctly implemented, accidents may occur and the employer may be found negligent as a result.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 sets out detailed information on how to safely work with ladders.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

RSI is the term used to describe pain in the tendons, muscles or nerves brought on by repetitive movement. These injuries are also referred to as Upper Limb Disorders (ULDs).

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there are over 200,000 cases of ULDs every year, with an estimated 2.6 million work days lost last year.

Decorators often experience RSI as a result of working in awkward positions when working on ladders or painting ceilings. RSI is also common as a result of performing the same activity for a continuous period, such as painting and sanding.

RSI most commonly affects the hands, wrists, elbows, fingers and forearms.

Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 came into force on 6 April 2022.

This legislation means that employers have an obligation to provide free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all workers, including workers who are self-employed or on a zero-hours contract.

Under the previous 1992 regulations, employers were only required to provide PPE to employees with a formal employment contract.

If you are injured at work and your employer failed to provide you with suitable PPE, you may be entitled to claim compensation - even if you are self-employed.

How did your injury happen?

The compensation claims process will depend on where and how your negligent decorator injury occurred. Click the icons below for more information:

No win, no fee negligent decorator injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim negligent decorator injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

Get expert advice now

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Source: (reviewed: 10/12/2023)

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor