Painters face serious risk of on-the-job injury including ladder falls, and chemical exposure to harsh fumes.
Painters work in some dangerous environments, including on scaffolding elevated high above the ground. Other painters work on ladders that are suspended high in the air. While these workers continually risk the dangers of falls from great heights, which can result in life-changing injuries and fatalities, painters also face several other risks while on the job that can result in serious complications including repetitive motion injuries and exposure to paints that contain hazardous chemicals.
If you are a painter who has been injured on the job, you might be uncertain about how to best proceed to obtain the compensation you deserve. One of the best steps to take is to contact an experienced work injury lawyer who understands the various available options to receive the compensation that you deserve.
Common Painter Work Injuries
Common ways in which painters are injured while on the job include the following:
- Ladder Falls
- Chemical Exposure: Coming into contact with certain adhesives as well as paint fumes that are not used in properly ventilated areas can result in workers experiencing throat, nose, lung, and internal organ damage.
- Lifting: Muscle strains are commonly experienced by painters who attempt to lift too much or who stretch too much while painting.
- Repetitive motion injuries: Because painting involves repetition of the same motions on a continual basis, it is very common for painters to experience repetitive motion injuries.
- Slips and falls: Painters are at significant risk of falling off ladders and stairs. One of the best ways for painters to avoid the dangers presented by these accidents is to select the appropriate type of ladder for the job.
Injuries Commonly Faced by Painters
Some injuries that painters incur on the job only require icing and some rest, but there are more serious injuries that leave painters unable to return to work. Some of the most common injuries faced by painters include:
- Arm injuries. When painters seriously injure their arms, it is common to end up facing physical challenges that both make it impossible to perform daily activities as well as continue to paint.
- Bone fractures. Often caused by falls, painters who experience arm or shoulder breaks often experience difficulties in returning to work.
- Brain injuries. Painters who fall off a ladder or scaffolding can land on their heads, which can result in life-changing cognitive injuries.
- Burns. Some painters are at risk of coming into contact with hazardous substances that can burn the skin or leave rashes.
- Spinal cord injuries. When falls occur, it is not uncommon for workers to experience spinal cord damage that makes them paralyzed and unable to paint.
- Toxic exposure. Being exposed to paint products, solvents, leads and other toxic chemicals can result in painters facing serious injuries and even terminal medical conditions.
Speak with a Skilled Painter Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one is a painter who has been injured while on the job, speaking with an experienced work accident attorney can dramatically increase your chances of reaching a positive resolution. Our law firm understands just how serious work injuries can be and will remain committed to making sure that you obtain the compensation that you deserve.
We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to help you understand your rights and the value of your case.
Our worker’s injury lawyers assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts including, but not limited to, those in the following counties, cities and towns: Plymouth County, Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Westport, Dartmouth, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton; Cape Cod, Hyannis, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn, Revere, Dorchester, Roxbury.