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Compensation is being sought by a man who sustained a whiplash injury in a bus accident in North East England.
According to the Shields Gazette, the unnamed 46-year-old was one of five passengers who required hospital treatment after the driver of the number 88A bus service in South Tyneside applied his brakes sharply while conducting the route last month.
Several people were thrown forward when the bus came to an abrupt halt at the Chichester roundabout in the area on the afternoon of August 20th. Consequently, five passengers were taken to A&E at the South Tyneside District Hospital for medical examinations.
All were later discharged with minor injuries, but one of the injured passengers told the news source he is planning to claim compensation against the bus service operator Go North East because he suffered a whiplash injury and an inflamed spine due to the impact of the accident.
The anonymous man said he suffers a "recurring headache" since the accident and explained that the injured passengers were all "flung forward".
"People suffered head injuries, whiplash and cuts to their shins. There was a load of us in the A&E department and I have consulted a lawyer about it with a view to claiming compensation. I believe others are doing the same," he added.
Commercial director of Go North East, which has a fleet of 660 buses in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, Durham and Teesside regions, Martin Harris informed the news source that an internal inquiry into how the bus accident happened is now underway. However, Mr Harris went on to say he is unaware of any damages claims against his firm.
"I can confirm that there was an incident, but it is still under investigation, so there is not a lot I can add until that is concluded," he stated.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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