Rishton is a small town in Lancashire with a long and interesting history. The name means a ‘stronghold in the rushes’ which alludes to the fact that the town was surrounded by marshes which were inhabited by the Brigantes prior to and during the Roman occupation. The people of the area believed in the correction of nagging women and a cucking stool or ducking stool was the method of punishment.
There used to be a well in Rishton called the Cuck Stool Well, where presumably the cucking stool was installed. Rishton’s cucking stool was used until the end of the 1880s, apparently. It is thought that the idea of such a stool for the ‘correction’ of women had its origins in Saxon times, as these people drowned women rather than killing them by any other means. An iron crown was placed on the head of the poor woman who was to be punished, and if she spoke a sharp metal tine would have dug into the roof of her mouth. The poor creature might well have suffered from a whiplash injury in Rishton when she was ducked into the well. Of course, in those days she could not have made a claim for personal injuries, as there were none to make.
Have you suffered a whiplash injury in Rishton?
If you have had a whiplash injury in Rishton, you may be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim as times have changed (and there are no more cucking stools in use in the UK). In order to be able to make a claim, you have to be able to prove that the accident in which you sustained your whiplash injury in Rishton or elsewhere was not your fault. You and your personal injury lawyer would also need to prove that your accident was the fault of another person. You should have sought immediate treatment for your injuries and you will need your medical report if you wish to make a personal injury compensation claim.
You also will need to ascertain how long you have in which to file your claim, as different types of accident have varying limitation periods. Although there is usually a three year period in which you should file a claim for injuries arising from an accident that occurred in the British Isles, this is not always the case and you might only have a matter of months in which to file a claim for your injuries.
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If you need information or expert legal advice about your potential personal injury compensation claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline now. You can call us at any time (our lines are always open) on one of our freephone numbers. From a landline, call 0800 689 0500 or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.