Our Personal Injury Services
Our specialist personal injury team are here to help, so you can focus on your recovery.
Whether you were injured due to a careless driver, employer or anyone else, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
We have helped injured people in Hastings, East Sussex and throughout the UK get the best possible compensation for their injuries.
What caused your injury?
Depending on how your injury happened, the compensation claims process will vary. A specialist solicitor will guide you through the stages of making a claim.
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Do I have a personal injury claim?
You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:
- within the last three years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Are there any other points to consider?
Yes. In reality, a number of factors can impact whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the context of your injury or when the date of knowledge was.
We would be happy to give you a clearer answer. Speak to a legal expert now on 0800 376 1001. Alternatively, find out if you have a claim with our Injury Claim Checker.
What if the injured claimant is a child?
Regardless of when the injury occurred, an injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child at any point until the child's 18th birthday.
If you were injured when you were under 18 years old, you have until your 21st birthday to make claim.
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the extent 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 injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
Calculate my injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:
Road accident claims in Hastings
Vehicle accidents in Hastings are quite common. Department of Transport data shows there were 1375 road accidents in East Sussex in 2021 (1036 slight accidents, 321 accidents and 18 fatalities). 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.
We can help people injured in road accidents that have occurred in Hastings and throughout England and Wales. You may be able to claim compensation if you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian and another road user was liable.
Whether you were injured in a motorcycle accident, or have been hurt in a car crash, this guide sets out how to make a road accident injury claim.
Work accident claims in Hastings
In 2021, there were 83 non-fatal work accidents and 0 fatalities in Hastings.
|Work accidents in Hastings (HSE)||Reported Injuries|
|Machinery related injury||3%|
|Fire related (e.g. scars)||0%|
|Harmful substance exposure (e.g. lead poisoning)||1%|
|Fall from height (ladder)||9%|
|Animal related (e.g. dog bites)||0%|
|Slip, trip, fall same level||32%|
|Struck by moving vehicle||0%|
|Hit by falling object||5%|
|Crushed by something collapsing||1%|
If you've suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation.
Employers and site operators owe a duty of care to their staff, to visitors and contractors. Whether you sustained an injury when working as an HGV driver or an office worker, our work accident claim guide shows you how to make a successful no win, no fee claim.
Clinical negligence claims 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. Our expert solicitor panel can help you make a claim against a clinic or NHS trust responsible for Hastings, including Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex).
Public place accidents claims in Hastings
UK law imposes a duty of care on property owners and operators (occupiers) to ensure that their property is safe for anyone visiting the premises.
Whether your accident occurred in a hotel or in a playground, you may be entitled to make an injury claim.
If you've been injured in a public place, we can help you.
Serious injury compensation claims
Compensation claims for injuries considered to be serious (catastrophic) typically include brain or spinal injuries.
Severe scarring, eye injuries, and debilitating health conditions are also considered to be serious injuries.
Personal injury solicitors understand the importance of focussing on treatment and recovery. Your solicitor will take care of the legal process and will coordinate with medical professionals and insurance companies at every stage of the claim.
Do I need to visit a solicitor's office?
Personal injury claims are conducted remotely. This means you won't have to travel to your solicitor's office when making a claim.
You can begin with a free phone consultation with a legally-trained advisor. Your advisor will set out your options for compensation, and there is no obligation to proceed.
If you decide to start a claim, you will speak to a specialist solicitor. Your solicitor will always be available to answer any questions, and they will keep you updated every step of the way.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Hastings and cross the UK.
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If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
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Have you helped many claimants in Hastings?
Each year, we help hundreds of injured people in Hastings, East Sussex and across the country.
Whether you have been injured in a public park or in a car accident we can introduce you to the right solicitor for your claim.
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.
Hastings personal injury solicitor reviews
The SRA regulate the professional standards of all injury solicitors. Despite this, service levels do vary from firm to firm.
Online reviews and word of mouth can make it easier decide which injury lawyer is the right fit for you.
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If, for example, an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process for them.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly to blame?
Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).
If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.
How long will my claim take?
The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.
For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes take years.
Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.
This table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:
Personal injury claim type
Estimated claim duration*
Road accident claims
4 to 9 months
Work accident claims
6 to 9 months
Medical negligence claims
12 to 36 months
Industrial disease claims
12 to 18 months
Public place or occupiers’ liability claims
6 to 9 months
MIB claims (uninsured drivers)
3 to 4 months**
CICA claims (criminal assault)
12 to 18 months**
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.
Can I get an early (interim) compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.
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.