Temperatures on the underground can rise to intensely uncomfortable levels in summer, especially during busy periods. Drinking plenty of water while you travel to keep as cool as possible is imperative to prevent getting ill due to the temperature on the underground. Here is what you should do if you do start feeling ill.
What to do if you become ill due to the temperature on the underground
If you feel ill due to the temperature on the underground, you could be suffering from heat exhaustion. Signs of heat exhaustion include:
- Nausea, headache and dizziness
- Confusion and loss of appetite
- Rapid shallow breathing and pale, clammy skin
- Cramps in the legs and arms and rapid, weak pulse
If you develop all or any of these symptoms:
- Move somewhere cool
- Drink as much water as possible
If you start feeling worse, ask someone to assist you and call an ambulance, as you may be developing heat stroke.
Other dangers of heat
Becoming ill due to the temperature on the underground is not the only risk of travelling while it is hot. Feeling dizzy and confused also significantly increases your risk of being injured in slips, trips and falls.
Trips and slips on the underground
Injuries by slipping, tripping and falling are comparatively common on the underground at the best of times. Slips and trips are often caused by:
- Crowded platforms with people in a hurry pushing and shoving one another
- Spills or otherwise wet flooring
- Uneven, damaged or loose surfaces
- Cluttered pathways, poor lighting on stairs
If you suffered an injury by tripping or slipping on the underground, you could qualify for personal injury compensation if your trip or slip:
- Was caused by someone else
- Occurred no more than 36 months ago
If you trip, slip or fall on the underground, you should, therefore:
- Report your accident and seek medical attention immediately
- Get witness details and photographs of the scene (i.e. a wet patch of flooring, a damaged step, uneven or cluttered ground, etc.)
Your medical records will be useful as evidence to support a compensation claim, as will witness statements and photographs.
What to do next
Next, you should call us, Accident Advice Helpline, for helpful, sympathetic compensation advice. Our advisors can:
- Answer all your questions
- Confirm your eligibility to claim
- Offer you the services of one of our experienced in-house solicitors
To learn more, call our 24/7 helpline from a landline or your mobile on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 now.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice