Boasting around 300 shops, Oxford Street is the busiest shopping street in Europe, and attracts large numbers of shoppers all year round – both Londoners and tourists.
With several Tube stations and buses on many major routes, there are a lot of transport links to Oxford Street, too.
All of this activity, of course, means that there is the potential for accidents – and if you have an accident, you could end up suffering a whiplash injury in Oxford Street.
How whiplash happens
Many people associate whiplash injury with road accidents – and they are right to do so, because collisions, however minor they may be, are certainly a major cause of such injuries.
A transport-related incident as the cause of whiplash injury on Oxford Street is quite likely, given that it is a very busy road – but you could also get whiplash from falling, or from receiving a blow to the head (for example, from a heavy object).
Provided the incident involves the neck being put under strain because the head jerks as a result of sudden impact, whiplash can happen.
What should you do if you get a whiplash injury in Oxford Street?
Obviously, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. You may not experience any symptoms of whiplash until the next morning, or certainly a few hours after the event that caused it, but get to your GP as soon as you can.
The symptoms, by the way, are usually pain, stiffness and tenderness in the neck; you will probably find it difficult to move your neck very much. You might also experience headaches, dizziness or nausea; some people have other symptoms, such as ringing in the ears.
Once you’ve taken care of your health, think about your finances
A whiplash injury in Oxford Street could also cause you financial hardship. While you are recovering, you could need help from a childminder or home help, and you might need a bus or taxi to go out. Expenses can certainly mount up, even though the recovery period for whiplash is usually no more than a few weeks.
Your bank account could also take a hit because you are taking time off work to recover, and so you lose wages. Even people who have jobs that are not particularly physically demanding might find it difficult to attend work for a while.
Claim compensation with Accident Advice Helpline
By claiming compensation, you could improve your situation. If you win your case, you could be awarded a payout, which will cover your losses and expenses, and enable you to continue your recovery without having to worry about money.
Your case will be fought by one of our team of no win no fee solicitors, and you can access our services anytime because our lines are open 24/7!
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Date Published: 12th July 2014
Author: David Brown