A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

No matter whether you are based in Hastings or anywhere else in England or Wales, our expert solicitors will take on your claim and we will arrange a medical assessment at a centre near you .

Do I have a claim for injury compensation?

If you suffered an injury or illness, or became aware of an injury, in the last 3 years and another person was liable, Quittance's panel of solicitors can assist you with a claim for compensation.

Do I have a claim?

Elligibility to make a personal injury claim

Claimants who have been diagnosed with an illness or medical condition like industrial deafness are often still entitled to claim compensation even if the illness was triggered by events some years ago. In such cases, it is the date that you learn of your diagnosis that is considered.

To win a personal injury case, it must be proven that:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • Your injury or illness was caused by that breach

Your lawyer will discuss each of these key issues and should look at how they apply in your case.

How much can I claim?

The compensation you will be awarded will depend on a variety of factors. Our claim calculator gives you an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims in Hastings

Cars involved in a road accident

Quittance's panel of expert no win, no fee personal injury solicitors have vast experience in securing the highest awards for anyone who has been injured in a car or motorbike crash in Hastings.

Road traffic accidents involving all vehicles in Hastings are quite common. Gov.uk statistics show a total of 1792 accidents (1453 slight accidents, 322 serious accidents and 17 fatal accidents) in 2013 in East Sussex local authority area. In 2014 accidents increased to 1,969. Incidents in Hastings in 2013 included car crashes on the single carriageway of the A259 and A2102 junction and on the single carriageway of the A21 and B2159 junction.

Further information: Road accident compensation claims

Work accident claims in Hastings

Worker injured in accident

We have assisted claimants, from scaffolding erectors to health visitors, to claim compensation. Injury and illness data in the Hastings local authority are detailed in accordance with legislation by the HSE and set out below:

RIDAGGR reported work accidents in Hastings Local Authority2011/122012/132013/14
Electric shock001
Machinery related injury413
Fire related (e.g. scars)110
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. lead poisoning)111
Fall from height (ladder)1448
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)020
Manual handling383125
Slip, trip, fall same level383629
Struck against421
Struck by moving vehicle200
Hit by falling object1075
Crushed by something collapsing001

Further information: Work accident claim

Other claims handled by Quittance

Medical negligence in Hastings

When a person is injured due to a GP, nurse or other health worker's carelessness, it may be possible to make a clinical negligence claim. If you have been the victim of medical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation from the NHS trust or private clinic at fault.

Alternatively, you could use the NHS Resolution process if you are only looking for an explanation as to what went wrong instead of financial compensation. For example, to make a formal complaint against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, you can contact Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex.

Further information: Clinical negligence claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents

Health and Saftey Executive (HSE) statistics expose the fact that employee slips and trips are the most frequent cause of accidents leading to injury at work in East Sussex and the UK in 2015. Slips and trips are quite often lead to injuries categorised as something else like being hit by a runaway vehicle, a carrying injury or a river drowning accident. Public place (Hastings local authority) negligence claims injuries such as fractured wrists happening on potholes are also common with recent slips and trips having happened on Sedlescombe Rd North and on Battle Rd.

Industrial disease

Solicitors can help with claiming work related compensation for diverse industrial illnesses including anything from radiation exposure to asthma caused by colophony.

Further information: Industrial disease claims

Hastings serious injury compensation

Quittance's team recognise the difference a successful claim makes to severely injured claimants. A successful claim will ease the financial burden on an injured person and their dependants so they can focus on rehabilitation.

Quittance's network of law firms have for many years helped people impacted by serious accidents.

Further information: Catastrophic injury claims

Hastings No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Hastings and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet the team

Quittance Legal Services' national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Hastings and including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Selected because of their track record in winning cases, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience handling injury claims.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

What experience does Quittance have of injury claims in Hastings?

Quittance Legal Services (QLS) is a UK-wide panel of expert personal injury solicitors that helps people in Hastings, East Sussex and across the country, recover injury compensation.

In the last 12 months, we have assisted 100's of claimants across East Sussex get compensation for a range of injury circumstances, including accidents at work and car accidents.

Medical centres in every town in the UK, convenient home appointments (if required) and experienced claims specialists, mean making a claim is as easy and stress-free as possible.


Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

What issues to check when picking the right injury lawyer

It can take several months for most claims to reach a conclusion. Claims where responsibility is contested or the injury has had a major impact can take longer. The SRA regulate strictly legal advice given by personal injury solicitors, but they are not required to monitor many factors that matter to people affected by injury, such as communication or speed.

Your solicitor should be someone you can trust throughout the claims process to provide both practical guidance and specialist legal advice.

Check Hastings personal injury solicitor reviews

Service levels provided by solicitors, as with any professional service, can vary a great deal.

Speaking to friends or relatives or reading reviews can certainly be revealing if you are trying to decide which solicitor to act for you.

Read more : Quittance reviews

Once a settlement has been agreed, solicitors working on a no win no fee basis will usually charge a success fee and ATE insurance premium. For example, deductions from a claimant's compensation for a severe foot injury could vary between ?67,870 and ?88,660 (based on 2015 market research).

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Do you have to choose a solicitor in Hastings?

Claimants are not restricted to local firms and can make a selection based on the success fee a solicitor charges or other service factors.

Medical exams will usually need to be conducted locally. Quittance's national network of medical professionals will assist with this critical stage of the claims process.

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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