Hastings, a town and borough in East Sussex, sits on the south coast of England. It was formerly a medieval Cinque Port before becoming a seaside resort town. The town still functions as a fishing port and has a beach-based fishing fleet.
Renowned as the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Hastings has a rich historical heritage and contains many popular landmarks, including Hastings Castle and Hastings Pier. St. Clements Caves house the Smugglers Adventure, an interactive attraction telling the history of smuggling along the coast of England.
Hastings has a strong cultural tradition too, with many annual events including the Maydayrun, where tens of thousands of motorcyclists travel to the town, and the carnival during Old Town Week that takes place every August. There are also a number of theatres and cinemas in the town, as well as three museums; the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, the Hastings Fishermen’s museum and the Shipwreck Museum.
The population of Hastings has grown significantly over the years and many visitors flock there annually for its many attractions. As such, accidents are not uncommon. If you were injured in an accident there within the last three years, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the largest law firms in the UK and we specialise solely in personal injury compensation claims. If you need help to make a claim, we’re the name to trust.
Road traffic accidents in Hastings
While the county of East Sussex has been successful in reducing the numbers of fatalities on the roads in the last 5 years, from 25 in 2011 to 22 in 2015, over the same 5-year period total casualties increased from 1630 to 2063. This is a significant increase which has prompted East Sussex County Council to launch a number of safety initiatives.
It’s incumbent on all drivers to be more careful and considerate on the roads to try and prevent accidents. However, no matter how careful you are, you can’t always be sure other drivers will offer you the same courtesy. Accidents can happen for a number of reasons, including severe weather or problems on the roads, but the majority of crashes are still caused by drivers being careless or reckless.
Road traffic accidents in Hastings can result in all manner of injuries, both minor and severe. In some cases, injuries can be serious enough to force you to take time off work to recover. If you were on a reduced salary or statutory sick pay during this time, you’ll have experienced a loss of earnings which might have had a knock-on effect on your ability to pay your bills, causing financial difficulty and stress.
If your accident was caused by someone else, why should you have to suffer financially as well as physically? It’s for this reason the government legislation entitles people like you to make a claim for compensation. You could seek out a personal injury solicitor in Hastings to help you with your claim, but it can be difficult to narrow down your choices.
Instead, contact Accident Advice Helpline today. We can help you wherever you are in the UK and, with over 16 years’ experience of dealing solely with personal injury claims, you know we have the knowledge and expertise you need.
Whiplash accident in Hastings
While whiplash is common in car accidents, it can also be sustained in other accidents too, like a jolt to the head during a slip or fall, being struck on the head by a heavy falling object or by a sudden blow to the head such as in contact sports like boxing or rugby.
Symptoms of the whiplash include headaches, muscle strain, fatigue, dizziness, muscle spasms and pain in the shoulders or arms. Associated symptoms can also include depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia and post-traumatic stress, depending on how the accident occurred.
In most cases, symptoms while be minor and will subside over the course of a day or two following the accident. However, up to 1 in 5 people report symptoms lasting a year or more, which can have a significantly debilitating effect on work, socialising and family life.
If you were injured in a whiplash accident in Hastings, help is available to you. If you had to pay out for medical bills, prescription charges, travel costs to and from GP or physio appointments or even the cost of personal care or help around the home, you could recover some or all of these costs by making a claim for personal injury compensation.
You could look for a personal injury solicitor in Hastings to help you but how can you be sure they have the expertise you need? Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we only work on personal injury claims and that means we’ve amassed a wealth of knowledge of the law surrounding these kinds of claim. We can put that knowledge to good use helping you with your claim. Call us today to find out how.
Slips, trips and falls in Hastings
Slips, trips and falls in Hastings are usually considered to be fairly minor injuries, relatively speaking. However, the Health and Safety Executive reports that the leading cause of fatal injuries in the UK is falls from a height. This can happen in a variety of places but it is most common in the construction sector.
Falls from a height can result in very serious injuries too. Some of the most common are head or brain trauma and spinal damage. These injuries can be seriously debilitating, leading to a significant drop in quality of life. Victims may find their mobility or cognition impaired and may require health and social care help for the rest of their lives.
If you or someone in your family was injured in an accident like this and you believe someone else was to blame, you don’t have to suffer in silence. You could get help to recover the associated costs, as well as receive compensation for the physical or emotional pain and suffering you experienced. You could even make a claim for future loss of earnings if you or your loved one were prevented from returning to work as a result of your accident.
A personal injury solicitor in Hastings could help you to make a claim, but solicitors can be costly and, if you’ve already suffered financially as a result of your accident, this could put you off making a claim. That’s why Accident Advice Helpline offers a 100% no-win, no-fee* guarantee. We believe that everyone who is eligible to make a claim should be able to do so, regardless of their financial situation. So, we can represent you with no upfront cost. Talk to our advisors today to find out more.
Work accident in Hastings
Large proportions of residents of Hastings are employed in either the wholesale and retail trade, or in health and social work activities. Accidents at work can happen across all industries, but the nature of such accidents varies depending on the type of work being carried out.
For example, common accidents in social care include those involving moving and handling of service users. Often aids are providing such as sliding boards or hoists, depending on the physical mobility of the service user, but up to date training must be provided as well to ensure that carers and support workers know how to handle people safely.
When moving and handling is improperly carried out, it can lead to musculoskeletal disorders like pain in the shoulders or back, which can limit the work you can carry out. It is the responsibility of all employers to make sure that workers can carry out their work safely and with a minimum of risk.
If you were injured in a work accident in Hastings and you believe it was due to your employers’ carelessness or neglect, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. If you’re concerned about making a claim against your employer, call our free helpline and talk to our friendly, professional advisers.
They’ll give you all the advice you need to reassure you that you are entitled to make a claim and they’ll explain the process to you in full so that you know what to expect. There’s no obligation and it’s your decision whether you go ahead or not but, if you do, we’ll support you every step of the way.
Starting a claim
To find out if you’re eligible, take our 30-second questionnaire. Just answer a few short questions about your accident and we’ll tell you if we think you are entitled to make a claim. We’ll even estimate how much that claim might be worth, although we can’t guarantee that figure because everyone’s circumstances are unique.
Then, pick up the phone and call our helpline free from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993 (charges may vary). Before you know it, you could have your claim underway and, because we can deal with most claims entirely over the phone, you probably won’t even have to go to court.