Sittingbourne is an industrial town in Kent, situated close to the Roman road called Watling Street. Sittingbourne is derived from the Saxon name Saedingburga meaning a hamlet by a stream (or bourne); there is a small stream that runs underground in part of the town. There is archaeological evidence to show that Celts were living in the area before 2,000 BC. The Roman presence is still seen as they built Watling Street. After the murder of Thomas a Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral, Sittingbourne became a convenient stopping place for pilgrims from the 12th century onward. It gets a mention in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as Sidyngborne. Inns sprang up to accommodate visitors and it is said that on his way back from Agincourt, Henry V stayed in Sittingbourne in 1415, with Henry VIII visiting it later in 1522 and 1532.
Have you had a whiplash injury in Sittingbourne?
Whiplash injuries are not new and they are not confined to car accidents; if you had been travelling on a coach in the 17th century, you may have suffered a whiplash injury near Sittingbourne if a wheel fell off it and your head moved in a whip-like fashion. In those days you wouldn’t have been able to continue travelling, but would probably have had to rest in Sittingbourne for some weeks until you could bear to move your neck again.
Nowadays, if you have a whiplash injury in Sittingbourne or elsewhere, your doctor will encourage you to try to move your neck rather than give you a surgical collar to wear. Depending on how you got your whiplash injury in Sittingbourne, you might be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim for it.
Do I have grounds to make a claim?
In order to make a personal injury compensation claim you must be able to prove that you were not to blame in any way for the accident in which you were injured. Secondly you need to prove that another person was, in fact, to blame for that accident. To help you prove these things you will need the services of an expert personal injury lawyer, and if you call us at Accident Advice Helpline, we will probably be able to put you in touch with just the one you need.
You will also need to have received medical treatment immediately after your accident, as your medical report is required if you are to file a personal injury compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you need information, help or expert legal advice in order to pursue your potential personal injury compensation claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline whenever you can on one of our freephone numbers (the lines will be open as always). From a landline call 0800 689 0500, or from a mobile, call 0333 500 0993. Why not call us now and find out how we may be able to help you with your claim?
Date Published: 14th August 2014