Working as an artist is not generally considered a high risk occupation, but accidents can occur and when they do you may need artist injury advice. Many artists are self-employed; others may be working commercially for a company or an individual. Whatever your circumstances, if you’ve been injured in the course of your work as an artist through no fault of your own, and if the negligence of a third party could be considered to blame, then you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in personal injury claims, and we have many years of experience in successfully pursuing work-related claims from employees and practitioners of all kinds. Artists are no exception and are as entitled to compensation as anyone else.
The risks of being an artist
As an artist, you may be pursuing your own practise, in which case you decide for yourself the level of risk involved in your work. Alternatively, you may be working commercially for a client or a large firm. Many people imagine artists just paint quietly at home or in a studio, but often there can be more to it than that.
Large-scale works may be created in the field or in public spaces and may involve an element of performance. Many works of art can be mixed media and may incorporate sculpture, found objects, film or sound. Each additional element brings its own risk. Electrical equipment such as speakers, projectors, cameras or other recording devices can bring the chance of a shock and fire risks, especially if equipment is overloaded close to other combustible materials such as paper or certain kinds of paint.
Objects used in sculpture can be heavy or precariously balanced, which adds risk of injury. Work in the field may require you to work at dangerous heights, amid busy traffic, close to hostile animals or risking exposure to the elements leading to conditions like hypothermia.
Who is responsible?
As stated above, if you are pursuing your own artistic vision then you need to carry out your own risk assessment and take responsibility for your own health and safety. There may be situations where elements outside of your control can lead to you suffering an injury.
If you think these may give you grounds for compensation then please do not hesitate to call Accident Advice Helpline for free artist injury advice and claim assessment.
Most successful compensation claims however will result from work undertaken on commission, either for an individual or while working as a commercial artist for a firm. If you are put unnecessarily at risk while doing your job or your employers have failed to meet expected health and safety standards, then you may be able to make a compensation claim if injury has resulted.
Call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our friendly trained advisers.
If they think you have grounds for a claim they can put you in touch with one of our team of expert lawyers.
They will take on your case on a no win, no fee basis, in order to get you the best possible compensation for your injury.
Date Published: July 10, 2015
Author: David Brown