Ashington is situated not far from Newcastle upon Tyne in Northumberland. At the height of its production it was considered to be the largest coal mining village in the world, but the deep mining industry died out in the 1980s, as it did in most other parts of the country. The coalminers were very susceptible to injuries and it was nothing unusual for one of them to sustain a whiplash injury in Ashington.
The village itself was built by the colliery owners, rows and rows of houses for the miners and their families to live in. It is said that miners travelled from all over the country to work in these mines, some from as far away as Cornwall who were made very welcome because of their skills in tin mining.
The tin miners from Cornwall were just as likely to sustain a whiplash injury in Ashington, as the ones who had learned their trade in the North.
A whiplash injury in Ashington is less likely for the miners of today
These days it is far less likely that miners would receive a whiplash injury in Ashington, as the job is not as physical as it used to be. The miners of old had to do more lifting and moving about of huge lumps of coal, which would have been a typical way to get a whiplash injury.
Art classes for the miners
In the mid 1930s, some of the miners took painting lessons, the idea being to sell the paintings in markets to supplement the poor wages they earned in the mines. They were much more successful than anyone expected, and very soon earned the nickname of The Pitmen Painters. Their work was exhibited far and wide up until the late 1940s. The work was rediscovered in the 1970s and is now on permanent display in the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington.
Painting to avoid whiplash
At least while they were painting they were at much less risk of sustaining a whiplash injury, because in those day if someone else had caused their injury, they would probably not have been able to afford to make a personal injury claim.
It is only since April 2000 that injury claims have been an option for all innocent victims, when the no-win, no-fee agreement was extended to them. Before that many victims could not make a claim because they would not have been able to afford the legal fees if the claim was lost.
Claiming compensation the modern way
Making a personal injury claim is simple and stress free, if you use Accident Advice Helpline to help you through the legal processes of making a compensation claim.
You can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or call on a mobile on 0333 500 0993 where you will find friendly and helpful advisors who will give you any information you need about making a claim. Or you can complete our 30-second test for an estimate of how much your compensation could be.
Date Published: 12th July 2014