By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 19th July 2021. Welcome to our guide on using food allergy claims solicitors. Suffering an allergic reaction to food can be a very distressing and traumatic experience, especially if the reaction is severe and life-threatening. Even a minor reaction can have a lasting psychological effect on someone.
Food allergies can vary in their degree of severity and can cause many different allergic reaction symptoms. While some symptoms may clear up quite quickly, other symptoms may last a few days or more before the sufferer had completely recovered. Some symptoms, however, if not treated quickly and effectively, can be life-threatening.
Many foods can cause someone to have an allergic reaction, some being more common than others, from a celery allergy to a shellfish allergy to a nut allergy. Very often, people who know about their allergies carry with them special medication at all times in case of an unexpected reaction, but of course, avoiding reacting at all is the safest and best way to deal with an allergy.
If you have had an allergic reaction to food and you believe someone else was to blame due to negligence on their part, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Although receiving a personal injury compensation award cannot take away the suffering you have endured, it can give you support financially that will help cover the expenses you may have incurred, such as medical costs, loss of earnings, and any other out of pocket expenses. It can also provide you with closure on the incident to move forward in your life.
Accident Claims UK has years of experience with personal injury claims and can help you get the food allergy lawsuit settlement you deserve. To speak with our solicitors, you can call them on 0800 073 8801. Or you can put your details into the callback form on the side of the page. Alternatively, you could send an email to email@example.com. Also, look out for the opportunity to use a compensation calculator to determine your potential settlement figure.
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- A guide to how a food allergy claims solicitors can help you
- Food allergies explained
- Rules, legislation and food allergy guidance for Businesses
- Treatment for food allergies – What to do in an emergency
- Foods which you could be allergic to
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction to food
- Severe allergic reactions to foods
- Can I still claim compensation if I did not tell anyone about my allergy?
- How long can an allergic reaction last?
- Food allergy claims time limits
- What could food allergy claims solicitors help you secure?
- How much compensation can my solicitor help me claim for a food allergy? – Updated July 2021
- No win No Fee Claim with a food allergy solicitor
- Why make your claim with our team of food allergy claim solicitors?
- Talk to our food allergy claims solicitors team today
- Additional resources for people with a food allergy
Making a compensation claim for having a food allergy reaction that wasn’t your fault can be a very complex process. For the claim to have a chance of being successful, you must prove the liability of the defending party. This isn’t always that easy, and if you were possibly partially to blame, it could complicate things further.
Food allergy claims solicitors are legal experts in the personal injury claims industry specialising in helping people file lawsuits against those responsible for causing them to suffer an allergic reaction to food through negligence. Using their expertise, they can help to prove liability, whether it is full liability or partial. They know all of the legalities involved and can make sure that everything you are entitled to claim is included in your claim.
So, they will be able to advise you on what you can do to support your claim, such as seeing a medical professional even if your symptoms are only minor. A medical report will be drawn up, which is in itself proof that your reaction did in fact occur. Solicitors know how to structure your claim to gain the best result possible.
Finding out as much as you can about food allergy compensation claims can be really helpful in giving you some insight as to what is involved in making a claim and what you can do to support your case.
The solicitors at Accident Claims UK have designed this guide to give answers to the many questions you may have about making a compensation claim for an allergic reaction to food that was someone else’s fault. Have a read through the guide, and feel free to contact Accident Claims UK for further guidance.
A food allergy is the result of a reaction of our body’s immune system when it treats certain proteins within a specific food mistakenly as a threat causing the body to react unusually, which result in many different symptoms, some minor, but some also very severe. Sometimes during an allergic reaction to food, several different symptoms may be occurring in different areas of the body at the same time.
The NHS has a lot of information regarding food allergies; the link can be found in the last section of the guide. It’s worth noting that NHS statistics in September 2020 calculated 27,172 adults hospitalised by an allergic reaction to food in the UK in 2019/20. There were also 12,562 hospital admissions for the same reason amongst under-18’s during the same period, meaning almost 40,000 in total. Please speak to our solicitors to learn about other statistics.
Businesses have a responsibility to their employees and their customers to adhere to the rules regarding allergen information set out in the EU Food Information For Consumers Regulations which states that they must do the following:
- Provide information regarding allergens for both pre-packed and non-pre-packed food and drink to the consumer.
- Adequately manage and handle food allergens accordingly.
The Food Standards Agency has legislation and guidelines in place that businesses should refer to ensure that they are doing everything correctly to either alert consumers of potential allergens within the food or drink they are selling or to ensure that people are not exposed to them in any way if there is a chance of them having an allergic reaction.
Food allergy workers compensation can also be sought if you have suffered an allergic reaction to food whilst working for a restaurant or other business. Your employer has failed to protect you due to negligence.
If you’re unsure about anything, our food allergy claims solicitors would be more than happy to answer your questions. Just call us today on the number at the top of this page.
How to deal with allergic reactions to food? Two types of medication are mainly used to treat someone who is suffering an allergic reaction. These are:
- Antihistamines – These are usually used to treat reactions that are considered mild to moderate. They work by stopping the effects of histamine, which is released into the body during an allergic reaction and are to blame for many of the symptoms that occur.
- Adrenaline – This is used for severe allergic reactions, such as when someone suffers from anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening and can happen extremely quickly and within minutes of the victim coming into contact with an allergen. How adrenaline works are it narrows the blood vessels in the body to counteract the low blood pressure caused by anaphylaxis and also helps to reopen airways to reduce breathing difficulties. Most people who know they are at risk of suffering anaphylaxis carry something called an auto-injector filled with adrenaline so that an immediate dose can be given should they come into contact with an allergen.
There are many different food allergens, with some being more common than others. In December 2014, The Food Information Regulations came into force that stated that any businesses involved with food must ensure that if any of the 14 identified allergens listed below are present in the food that they are selling or providing, that it is made clear to the consumer by labelling it with the appropriate allergen information.
The 14 identified food allergens are:
- Cereals that contain gluten
- Lupin (this is found in flour and can sometimes be present in some breads, pastries, and pasta)
- Sesame Seeds
- Sulphur Dioxide, or can be known as Sulphites
Although any food could potentially cause an allergic reaction, some tend to be more common than others and sometimes the sufferers age can affect what they are more likely to be allergic to. And the particular allergens could help your solicitors to shape your specific case.
Common food allergens experienced by children include:
- Tree Nuts
Common food allergens experienced by adults include:
- Tree Nuts
When someone suffers an allergic reaction to food, they can suffer from numerous symptoms, often with more than one at a time. The most common symptoms that can be experienced are:
- Symptoms similar to those of hayfever
- Pain in the abdomen
- Feeling light-headed
- Breathing difficulties
- Finding it difficult to sallow
- Experiencing swelling in the throat, around the mouth, on the face, and other areas of the body.
- Red, itchy, rash with or without it being raised
- Tingling or itching in the mouth.
When someone suffers a severe allergy, it can be life-threatening and sometimes even fatal. Very often, the symptoms of the reaction are similar to some of those listed above, only they get a lot worse in a short space of time. Anaphylaxis is the name given for a severe allergic reaction with serious, life-threatening symptoms.
Severe allergic reaction symptoms may include:
- A sudden drop in blood pressure causing it to go dangerously low
- Heartbeat can become rapid
- The victim may go unconscious
- A sudden intense feeling of being afraid and anxiousness
- Severe difficulties with breathing
If someone suffers anaphylaxis, they need to be treated as a medical emergency. Without treatment, they could die, and so the emergency services must be called, and an ambulance is requested immediately.
As mentioned above, all businesses that sell and provide food, such as restaurants, have a legal responsibility to provide information that will clearly inform the consumer if any of the 14 main identified allergens are present in any of their foods. So if you are allergic to one of these allergens, it is their responsibility to inform you and not the other way around. So it would not affect your eligibility to make a compensation claim.
However, it gets a little more complex if you are allergic to a different allergen that they don’t legally have to warn consumers about. In this instance, you would need to inform the restaurant of your allergy before eating so that ingredients can be checked. This does not mean that you cannot make a claim, however, but it may mean that the court will decide that you were partly responsible for your allergic reaction. A split liability agreement may be decided upon, resulting in you receiving a reduced final settlement award.
For more on how our food allergy claims solicitors could help you, please get in touch.
So, how long does a food allergy last in your system? Symptoms from an allergic reaction can start as quickly as just a couple of minutes after being exposed to the allergen and can last for up to two hours. However, sometimes after the initial symptoms disappear, the second wave of symptoms can come back within one and four hours of the initial reaction. This is known as a Biphasic Reaction. For this reason, it is important that people who have suffered a severe reaction should be kept in hospital under medical observation for four to six hours after they first suffered their allergic reaction.
With all compensation claims for personal injury, there is a personal injury claims time limit. Just the same as most personal injury claims, with a food allergy claim, you have three years from the date the initial reaction occurred to make a compensation claim. For those under 18 years of age, if a claim hasn’t been made on their behalf before they turn 18, they have three years from their 18th birthday to start a claim for themselves.
Although you have three years to start your claim, we recommend starting it as soon as possible so that aa it makes it easier to gather the required evidence to support your claim and everything is still fresh in mind so that no important details will be forgotten.
Our specialist team of solicitors can answer any queries you may have about the personal injury claims time limit.
Regardless of what type of food allergy you have, be it an egg allergy, a wheat allergy, a soy allergy or even a cereal allergy, if you have suffered an allergic reaction to food because of somebody’s negligence, providing you can show proof of liability, you could be entitled to claim compensation. When making a compensation claim, the final settlement amount is made up of several components, which, when added together, give the overall amount of award. The components making up the final amount comprise of:
- General Damages – These represent the actual physical injury itself and its repercussions to the claimant’s health short and long term. Any resultant psychological issues are also addressed here.
- Medical Expenses – If you have incurred any medical costs because of your injury, you can include these in the claim. Just be sure to keep all receipts.
- Travel Expenses – Any travelling costs or costs related to travel that have been brought about solely due to your injury can be included in your claim. Again, be sure to keep the receipts.
- Loss of Earnings – If your injury has caused you to have to take time off work, any income lost or future potential income lost because of your injury can be included.
- Care Claim – If you have required care or help around the home, you can file a care claim.
- Childcare Costs – If you have needed help with your children whilst recovering from your injury, you can claim these costs back in your claim.
Call Accident Claim UK for a more in-depth look at your own personal circumstances to see what you will be able to include in your claim.
As shown above, numerous items make up the final settlement amount of compensation you would receive if you won your case. Each of these items will differ from person to person, from case to case, and so it would be impossible at this stage to predict exactly how much compensation you may be awarded if successful. However, we do know that the biggest influence on the amount that is awarded to you will depend on the type of injury you have sustained and, more importantly, how serious the injury is, how severely you have been affected and whether or not you face ongoing problems as a result.
Understandably, the more severely someone has been affected or suffered, the higher the award amount will be. Therefore, taking this into account, although we cannot definitively say how much you will get, we can show the average amounts of compensation awarded for the different levels of severity of food allergy reactions in accordance with the latest judicial guidelines.
|Severe toxicosis||£36,060 to £49,270|
|Serious food poisoning||£8,950 to £18,020|
|Food poisoning lasting months||£3,710 to £8,950|
|Food poisoning lasting weeks||£860 to £3,710|
|Psychiatric damage - Severe||£51,460 to £108,620|
|Psychiatric damage - Moderately Severe||£17,900 to £51,460|
|Psychiatric damage - Moderate||£5,500 to £17,900|
|Psychiatric damage - less severe||£1,440 to £5,500|
Please remember, these are just average amounts for the general damages aspect of the compensation award and not necessarily a true indication of what you will receive if you are successful. The outcome will depend on your own independent circumstances and the other components that make up the claim amount.
Accident Claims UK’s food allergy claims solicitors will offer to conduct your personal injury claim under a No Win No Fee agreement. This type of agreement is extremely beneficial when making a compensation claim as it makes hiring expert legal representation totally affordable. This is because with No Win No Fee, there are no costs upfront or before the claim concluding, and so there is no worry of a financial loss if your case was unsuccessful as no fees will be charged, hence No Win No Fee. But not only that, even when the case is successful, and we do charge for our legal fees, we take payment as a small percentage (maximum of 25%) of your final settlement amount. This is known as a success fee, as we’ve helped you to achieve the maximum compensation you deserve.
Accident Claims UK has helped thousands of people over the years to file personal injury compensation claims successfully. We have a great reputation for our expertise in the field and our fantastic customer service. You only need to read our reviews to see that we really are good at what we do.
We work ethically with a high standard of principles that include reliability, dependability, honesty and compassion. We understand that our clients have been suffering and have possibly experienced a traumatic event. So we always look to treat our clients with empathy whilst working quickly and efficiently on their behalf to get the best outcome we possibly can for them, as quickly as we can, so that they can gain a sense of closure on this part of their life and concentrate on their recovery.
Even though we have years of experience and a fantastic track record, one of the main attractions of our service is our No Win No Fee policy. This policy provides an affordable way to hire an expert personal injury solicitor to conduct your case for you, dramatically increasing the chances of successfully claiming the maximum amount possible compared to if you were to go it alone.
Choosing Accident Claims UK as your food allergy claims solicitors will not leave you with any regrets; we always work to the best of our ability giving every case the full attention it requires to secure the best outcome possible.
If you’d like further free help and advice or would like to have a more formal chat regarding making your food allergy claim, please contact Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801, and one of our team will do their best to help you. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or request a call from us with the callback form.
We can offer you a free consultation if you’d like so that you can discuss with one of our solicitors in more detail the facts surrounding your case and ask us any questions you may still have about making a claim. We can also gather all the information from you so that we can determine for you whether or not you have a valid claim and what action would be best to take next. Once all the facts have been established, we will probably then offer to conduct your claim on your behalf and may also offer to arrange a free local medical for you if we feel it could benefit your case.
This is a helpful guide provided by the NHS regarding food allergy reactions giving information and advice on what might cause a reaction, what the symptoms are and how they can be treated.
This section of the Food Standards Agency website gives all of the details regarding the legislation that businesses involved in food need to adhere to where food allergy risks are concerned.
This is another of our guides that could be relevant to you if you suffered an allergic reaction to food whilst eating in a restaurant.
If you are making a food allergy compensation claim on behalf of someone that has sadly passed away, the information in this guide of ours may be helpful to you.
Here, we delve into further detail about the process of claiming compensation after suffering an allergic reaction to food.
Food Allergy Claims Solicitors FAQs
Are allergic reactions covered under workers compensation?
Yes, if an allergic reaction happens at work due to an employer being negligent towards the food supplied to employees, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
What is a common allergic reaction to food?
Common food allergy reaction symptoms include:
• Tongue swelling
• Swelling of the face
How do I prove that I have food poisoning?
If you need to prove that you have suffered from food poisoning, you can see a doctor. A doctor can commission several different types of tests to ascertain what has happened. These could be blood or stool samples.
Could I sue a public restaurant for food poisoning?
You can indeed sue a restaurant if you suffer an allergic reaction to food. The restaurant may have breached its duty of care, especially if they were aware beforehand of your dietary requirements. If you have sufficient supportive evidence, you may have a viable claim against the restaurant.
Is an allergic reaction considered an accident?
This only applies when a work-related disease that the victim develops or a related infection brings about the allergic reaction.
Can you sue for food poisoning?
This is possible if you can prove that you’ve suffered a reaction such as Salmonella poisoning by virtue of someone’s careless actions.
How do you prove you have food poisoning?
This requires proving you ate contaminated food which made you sick and caused you significant pain and suffering.
How quickly does food poisoning kick in?
You could begin to experience the symptoms between 30 minutes and 8 hours after eating the contaminated food.
What Is Natasha’s Law?
Did you know there is new allergy legislation that will come into force in October 2021 that could affect a food businesses responsibilities when it comes to allergy labelling. This is because of ‘Natasha’s Law’ a piece of legislation that was introduced back in 2019. It is so called because it was named after a teenager who passed away tragically because of an allergic reaction she had to a baguette from Pret a Manger which contained sesame. Because back then the law did not require food items such as sandwiches that were prepared on the premises to have specific allergy labelling, the teenager wasn’t aware of the sesame that was in her baguette.
The law up to October 2021 only requires allergy labelling for foods prepared off site. Currently, food businesses selling pre-packaged food made on site only have to provide allergen information verbally or on a chalkboard, menu, or information pack.
From the date the law comes into force, food that is prepared on site which is for direct sale must contain allergen labelling. There should be a complete ingredient list, with allergen information clearly identifiable from other ingredients on the packaging, such as being in bold or a different font to other ingredients. While this new law may not completely eradicate the risk of an allergic reaction from such foods, it could significantly reduce the risks of consumers unknowingly consuming an allergen. Public support for the change in law was significant, with over 70 percent of consumers supporting the new legislation.
Thank you for reading our guide about using food allergy claims solicitors and about claiming on a No Win No Fee basis.