How Do I Make An Allergic Reaction Compensation Claim? – Full Guide How To Get Allergy Compensation

By Fern Easton. Last Updated 24th February 2021.  Welcome to our guide, which looks to answer the question, “how do I make an allergic reaction claim?”. If you have suffered an allergic reaction because you were misinformed about the ingredients of some food you ate, the medicine you were prescribed or a beauty treatment you underwent, you could qualify to claim allergic reaction compensation for your injuries. As long as your allergic reaction was caused by another party neglecting their duty of care towards you, you could qualify to claim compensation.

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Whether you suffer from a hair dye allergy, food allergy, allergy to ingredients used in some medications or a hair dye allergy, if you have suffered an allergic reaction that was not your fault (in that someone else was responsible), you can trust Accident Claims UK to handle your allergy compensation claim. We are a well respected personal injury law firm, who are experienced at handling claims for food allergy negligence in the UK, claims that involve suing a restaurant for an allergy in the UK, allergic reaction at work UK claims and beauty treatment allergic reaction claims, including hair dye and colouring allergic reaction claims and laser hair removal allergic reaction. Our excellent personal injury solicitors have up to 30 years of experience handling personal injury claims. And they will always fight to win you the highest rate of allergic reaction compensation that you are entitled to, so it’s always worth your while claiming with us.

If you are considering filing for an allergic reaction lawsuit, you can make use of our free personal injury claims consultation. Call us today on 0800 073 8801 to speak to a knowledgeable advisor about your claim’s prospects. We will let you know if you are entitled to make an allergic reaction claim and will estimate how much allergic reaction compensation you could qualify to claim. If you have the right to claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer who will start working on your case right away.

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Our Guide To Allergic Reaction Injury Claims

Clients often ask us, “Can you sue a restaurant for an allergic reaction?” or “Can you sue a company for an allergic reaction?” we get similar questions about allergic reactions caused in workplaces, at hairdressers, beauty salons and GP surgeries or hospitals. Of course, businesses and practitioners are not responsible for your allergy or how you manage it, but if they failed to inform you of an allergenic ingredient in a meal, medical or beauty treatment and you became ill or injured as a result, then you could be entitled to make an allergy compensation claim for your injuries.

In this guide to making an allergic reaction compensation claim, we will define what an allergy is and what some common allergies are that people suffer from. We will look at the symptoms of allergic reactions and the responsibilities that restaurants and other businesses in the UK have towards people who suffer from allergies. We will then cover situations where a party acts negligently that can cause allergic reactions and advise you on how to claim compensation if you experienced one of these situations. We have also provided a personal injury claims calculator to help you estimate how much compensation you could claim and will advise you on the benefits of making a no win no fee claim for your injuries.

Remember, if you have suffered an allergic reaction to food, a beauty treatment or another process because of negligence on the part of a third party, you could potentially be awarded a lot of money in an allergic reaction lawsuit. If you have legitimate grounds to claim, we would love to provide you with a solicitor who can handle your case. If you believe that you are owed compensation, call Accident Claims UK to speak to one of our advisors. If you have the right to claim, we will provide you with the right personal injury lawyer to handle your claim for a food allergy lawsuit settlement, laser hair removal allergic reaction claim or hair dye injury claim.

What Are Allergic Reactions?

Allergic reactions are when the body reacts unusually to consuming certain foods or coming into contact with certain substances. The immune system sees an otherwise harmless substance such as the proteins in certain foods or ingredients used in a beauty treatment as a threat and subsequently floods the body with chemicals, which can cause uncomfortable and painful reactions.

What Are Common Types Of Allergies That People Experience?

Food allergies are some of the more common allergies that people suffer from. Here are some common food allergies include:

  • nut allergy,
  • egg allergy,
  • milk allergy,
  • dairy allergy,
  • wheat allergy,
  • soy allergy,
  • fruit allergy,
  • cereal allergy,
  • gluten allergy,
  • celery allergy,
  • seafood allergy,
  • fish allergy,
  • lupin allergy,
  • mustard allergy,
  • shellfish allergy,
  • sulphur dioxide.

Uncommon Types Of Allergies People May Have

People can also be allergic to substances used in medicine, such as penicillin, or have hair dye allergies if they are allergic to substances used in hair dyes or other beauty treatments, such as suffering from laser hair removal allergic reactions.

What Are The Symptoms Of An Allergic Reaction?

Symptoms of allergic reactions can vary from sufferer to sufferer. People who suffer from food allergies will experience a different reaction from people who are allergic to medical or beauty treatments.

Symptoms of food allergies can include:

  • Angioedema: swelling around the eyes, lips, tongue and roof of the mouth.
  • Itchy red rashes such as “hives” or urticaria.
  • Vomiting.
  • Itching inside the mouth, ears or throat.

Food allergy reactions can also result in a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis or an anaphylactic shock. Symptoms of an anaphylactic shock can include

  • The throat swelling and beginning to close up, making breathing difficult.
  • A rapid pulse.
  • Blood pressure dropping to the point that the sufferer slips into a coma.
  • Dizziness that can result in unconsciousness.

If you believe that you or someone else is suffering from an anaphylactic shock, this could be life-threatening, or the person may die or slip into a coma from which they may never wake up. It is vitally important that you dial 999, ask for an ambulance and tell the operator that you believe that you or the other person is suffering from an “anaphylactic shock” or “anaphylaxis”.

Allergic reactions do not just apply to the food we eat. Some people also experience allergic reactions to hair dye. There are many ingredients in hair dye that can cause allergic reactions. The most common one being paraphenylenediamine (PPD). A hair dye reaction can take place up to 48 hours after the sufferer has had the treatment. So, just because results aren’t immediate does not mean an allergic reaction has not taken place.

Some common symptoms of an allergic reaction to hair dye can include:

  • A stinging or burning sensation on the face, neck and scalp.
  • Itching or swelling of the face and scalp.
  • Welts or blisters.
  • Swelling of the hands, feet, lips or eyelids.
  • A rash anywhere on the body.

Unfortunately, an allergic reaction to hair dye can also result in anaphylaxis, also known as anaphylactic shock. As we have already established, these can result in a fatality or the sufferer falling into a coma which could be permanent. Therefore, if you suspect that you or someone else is having an anaphylactic shock, you should call 999 immediately. Ask for an ambulance and tell the operator that would believe the victim is suffering from anaphylaxis or an anaphylactic shock.

Examples Of Allergic Reaction Claims Our Team Can Handle

At Accident Claims UK, we can handle any sort of allergy reaction compensation claim, as long as the allergic reaction was caused by negligence on the part of a third party. Clients often ask us, “Can you sue a company for an allergic reaction?” and the answer is that yes, you can under certain conditions. A restaurant, food manufacturer or hairdressers is, of course, not responsible for your allergy or the way that you choose to manage it. However, they do have a duty of care towards you, the customer, which includes informing you of allergenic ingredients.

An example of this would be a restaurant highlighting allergenic ingredients on its menu. If the restaurant fails to inform you of allergenic ingredients, especially if you seek advice from a member of staff, then this is negligence on the part of the restaurant, and they are failing in their food allergy restaurant responsibility. If, because of this negligence, you eat the food you are allergic to and suffer an allergic reaction, the restaurant could be held legally liable for your injuries and have to pay you allergic reaction compensation. The same applies to other businesses or institutions that neglected their duty of care towards you with regards to your allergies.

Food And Restaurant Allergy Claims

As we have already mentioned, restaurants have a legal duty of care towards their customers. This includes highlighting allergenic ingredients used in their menu items, on their menus. EU regulations, which are practised in the UK, state that restaurants, cafes and other dining establishments are obliged to do this, using bold, italic or colour to highlight this. Failure to inform customers that this is the case is negligence. So if a customer becomes ill as a result of eating ingredients that they were allergic to because they were uninformed by the restaurant, the restaurant could be held liable for their injuries and have to pay the injured party compensation.

Nut Allergy Injury Claims

Nut allergies are one of the most common food allergies. Some people only experience mild symptoms, whilst other people suffer from severe nut allergies and peanut allergies, which can result in them suffering from an anaphylactic shock if they eat nuts, which can be life-threatening. Restaurants and other dining establishments, shops that package food on-site, and food manufacturers selling prepacked food are responsible for listing allergenic ingredients in a food item, on a menu or on the packaging. The law also states that they must highlight the allergenic ingredients, with bold type, italics, or a bright colour. If food may contain traces of nuts because it is produced in a kitchen or factory where the nuts are used, then this should also be stated. If a customer who has a nut allergy or peanut allergy eats food that contains nuts or traces of nuts, but this was not stated on the label, then has an allergic reaction, the producer or seller of the food could be held liable for their injuries and have to pay them compensation. If you have suffered an allergic reaction to peanuts or nuts because of negligence on the part of someone else, you could qualify to make an allergic reaction compensation claim. Call Accident Claims UK to talk about making your nut or peanut allergy compensation claim.

Hair Dye And Colouring Allergic Reaction Claims

Hair dyes are used by millions of people around the world, and it is usually safe to do so. Unfortunately, many hair dyes contain products that some people are allergic to. We have already stated what these symptoms are and how they can affect people. The symptoms can range from painful and uncomfortable, such as redness or swelling, to life-threatening symptoms such as an anaphylactic shock. If you used a home hair dye kit and the allergenic ingredients were not listed, or you were not instructed to do a patch test and suffered an allergic reaction; as a result, you could be entitled to make a hair dye and colouring allergic reaction claims against the manufacturer. Alternatively, if you suffered a hair dye allergic reaction because of negligence on the part of a salon or hairdresser’s, you could make a hair dye injury claim against the business for compensation. Call Accident Claims UK today, so see if you are entitled to claim.

Laser Hair Removal Allergic Reactions

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment for removing unwanted body hair. Unfortunately, some people will experience negative reactions towards laser hair removal, such as skin irritation or pigment changes. More rarely, laser hair removal can result in more serious injuries such as scarring, blistering, and permanently changing the texture of the skin. This can happen because the beauty therapist did not apply the procedure correctly or because the client experienced a laser hair removal allergic reaction. If you have been injured because of laser hair removal negligence or suffered a laser hair removal allergic reaction because you were misinformed by your clinic, you could qualify to seek damages and compensation. Call Accident Claims UK today to discuss making a laser hair removal allergy reaction claim.

Allergic Reactions To Cosmetic And Beauty Treatments

If you have an allergy to a substance used in some beauty treatments, it is your responsibility to inform your beautician of this before having a beauty treatment at their salon. If you experience an allergic reaction to a beauty treatment that your beauty therapist said was safe for you to use, despite having warned them in advance, then you could qualify to seek compensation for your injuries. Call Accident Claims UK to inquire about making a claim for beauty treatment allergic reaction compensation.

Claim From A Landlord For Housing Disrepair Leading To Allergies And Illnesses

If you live in rented accommodation, it is your landlord’s responsibility to fix any disrepair that might put the health and safety of you or a member of your household at risk. If you experience black mould, dust mites or another potentially harmful substance and your landlord refuses to fix this disrepair, causing you to experience an allergic reaction, you could be entitled to make an allergy compensation claim. Call Accident Claims UK to speak to an advisor about your options for making a claim against a landlord for housing disrepair.

I Suffered An Allergic Reaction, What Compensation Can I Claim?

If you make a successful claim for allergic reaction compensation, your compensation package will be awarded in two parts. You will be awarded general damages for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you experienced as a result of your injuries. General damages are normally the largest part of your claim. You will also be awarded special damages, which will reimburse you for any expenses or losses you experienced because of your injuries. This includes medical expenses, travel expenses, at-home care expenses as well as reimbursement for loss of income. Call today to speak to one of our informed advisors about making an allergy compensation claim, and they will be able to estimate how much compensation you could receive.

Allergic Reaction Injury Claim Calculator

If you are thinking of suing a restaurant for an allergic reaction, making an allergic reaction at work compensation claim, or making a hair dye injury claim, you may be concerned about how much compensation you could claim. Use our personal injury claims calculator to see how much compensation you could be awarded for your injury. Alternatively, call for your free consultation, and one of our advisors will be able to give you an estimate that is personally tailored to you.

Form of injuryNotesSettlement
Earnings lostThis amount will be calculated from your past, current, and future expected income. £10,000 to £400,000+
Minor food poisoning and allergic reactionsShort term food poisoning or allergic reaction to nuts, which then clears up in just a few days or less. £860 to £3,710
Moderate food poisoning and allergic reactionsModerate reactions to exposure to nuts. May last for up to a week.£3,710 to £8,950
Serious food poisoning and allergic reactionsSerious instances of an allergic reaction or food poisoning which could last for two weeks. Claimant may have required hospital treatment. May result in discomfort and impact on enjoyment of food for up to a few years. £8,950 to £18,020
Severe food poisoning and allergic reactionsMay require hospital admission. The long term effects may have a severe impact on quality of life. £36,060 to £49,270

No Win No Fee Claims For The Effects Of An Allergic Reaction

If you have experienced an allergic reaction because of negligence on the part of someone else, Accident Claims UK will give you the option to make a no win no fee claim. No win no fee means that you will not have to pay your fee until you win your compensation claim. In the unlikely instance that your personal injury claim is not successful, you will not have to pay a fee, which is a less stressful option for many of our clients. Call us today to find the right no win no fee solicitor to handle your claim.

Why Use Our Personal Injury Claims Experts?

If you wish to make an allergic reaction compensation claim, trust an excellent personal injury lawyer from Accident Claims UK to represent you. Our solicitors will always push to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are owed and have up to 30 years of experience helping claimants just like you. Call today for your free consultation, and to get started, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Allergic reaction claims- FAQs.

Are allergic reactions common? 

Yes. This is one of the reasons why taking allergens and allergic reactions seriously are so important. Over 20% of people in the UK have one or more allergic disorder, making the UK one of the countries with the highest prevalence rate for allergic conditions. Almost half of British adults have at least one allergy. 44% of allergen sufferers have more than one allergy. From 1992-2012, there was an increase in hospital admissions due to anaphylaxis of 615%.

Will an allergic reaction go away on its own?

You can treat some mild to moderate allergic reactions yourself without the need to see a doctor. Antihistamines can be used to treat mild food allergies. They block the compound in your body, histamine, that’s responsible for the symptoms of a reaction.

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and if you suspect that someone is suffering from anaphylaxis then you should call an ambulance. Sufferers of serious food allergies should carry an auto-injector, which injects adrenaline into the body. This narrows the blood vessels and opens up the airways, which can ease difficulties with breathing.

How do I know if I have a food allergy?

If you notice that you have the symptoms of an allergic reaction after eating certain foods, you should make an appointment with your GP. If your reaction symptoms develop slowly, then you’ll probably be put on a food elimination diet, where possible allergens will be eliminated from your diet and then re-introduced. If your symptoms develop quickly, then you’ll usually be given a skin prick test or a blood test to determine if you have an allergy.

Useful Links

Beauty treatment compensation claims – Find out what you could claim for an injury sustained during a beauty treatment.

Peanut reaction compensation claims guide – See how much compensation you can claim for a peanut reaction at a restaurant.

Misdiagnosis compensation claim – A guide to claiming following a misdiagnosis.

Anaphylaxis– An NHS guide to anaphylaxis, including information on treatment.

Food Standard Agency food allergy and intolerances– Government advice and guidance on food allergens and what allergen information you should be provided by businesses.

Allergy guidance for schools– Government advice and guidance to schools around food allergens.

Thank you for reading our guide, and we hope to have answered the question, “how do I make an allergic reaction claim?”.