Do you suffer from a gluten allergy, coeliacs disease or a gluten intolerance? If you have experienced an allergic reaction to gluten, or an illness caused by eating gluten, which was caused by negligence on the part of a restaurant, cafe, food shop, takeaway food shop, or other food provider, you could be entitled to make a claim for gluten allergy compensation. Trust Accident Claims UK to provide you with the right food allergy claims solicitor to represent your case. As a well respected personal injury law firm, whose panel of lawyers have an excellent track record of winning food allergy compensation claims, we can handle your claim for gluten allergy compensation. Our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you. What’s more, they will always push to win you the maximum amount of compensation you are owed. As well as being able to claim compensation for the pain and suffering your injuries caused you, you will also be able to claim the costs of any medical treatment you may need as a result.
If you eat a gluten free diet for medical reasons, such as suffering from a gluten allergy, gluten intolerance or coeliacs disease, and you suffered a reaction to gluten because of negligence on behalf of a shop, restaurant or food manufacturer who mis sold you your food, you could be owed compensation. Call Accident Claims UK today, to take advantage of the free legal consultation that we offer to all potential claimants. Speak to one of our personal injury claims advisors today, and if they determine that you are entitled to make an allergy compensation claim, or compensation claim for injuries related to your gluten intolerance, we will let you know how much compensation you could be owed and will provide you with an excellent food allergy solicitor, who will start working on your personal injury claim right away.
To begin your process of claiming gluten allergy compensation, call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 right away.
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- A Guide To Gluten Allergy Compensation Claims
- What Are Allergies And Intolerances?
- The Differences Between Gluten Allergies And Intolerances
- What Are The Symptoms Of Coeliacs Disease?
- Common Symptoms Of Gluten Allergies And Gluten Intolerance
- Anaphylaxis And Fatal Allergic Reactions
- How Do I Know If I Have A Gluten Intolerance?
- Foods To Avoid If You Have A Gluten Allergy
- What Should You Do If You Have An Allergy Or Intolerance To Gluten?
- What Damages Can You Claim After An Allergic Reaction To Gluten
- Gluten Food Allergy Personal Injury Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee Claims For A Gluten Allergy
- How Accident Claims UK Can Help You?
- Additional Resources
Gluten allergies, intolerances and coeliacs disease affect many adults and children in Great Britain and elsewhere. If you suffer from any of these medical conditions you are of course responsible for maintaining a gluten free diet and taking precautions when eating out with coeliac disease. You may also wish to use an NHS gluten free food list to help manage your condition and maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, food providers are responsible for indicating allergenic ingredients, either by labelling pre-packaged food or warning about allergenic ingredients in writing on a menu. If you were not correctly informed about the allergenic contents of a food item or your meal, you could be entitled to claim gluten allergy compensation any illness caused. If you believe you are entitled to make a food allergy claim for an illness or injuries caused by the wrongful consumption of gluten, call Accident Claims UK today, and if you you are entitled to claim compensation we will provide you with an excellent allergy claim solicitor to handle your case. We will also estimate how much compensation you could be entitled to claim.
In this guide to making an allergy compensation claim, we will look in detail at claiming compensation for an allergic reaction to gluten, or being ill as a result of unknowingly consuming gluten products, when you suffer from a gluten intolerance or coeliacs disease.
We will answer some common questions about coeliacs disease, gluten allergies, wheat allergies and gluten intolerance. We will look at what causes people to become allergic to gluten, how do you know if you are allergic to gluten and recommend a gluten intolerance test. We will also look at what causes people to be allergic to gluten and explain if there is a difference between coeliacs disease and gluten intolerance. We will then explain your rights as a consumer if you were made ill when you unknowingly ate gluten, because of negligence on behalf of a food provider. What’s more, we will advise you on how to find the right food allergy claim solicitor to handle your claim, provide you with our personal injury calculator which will explain how much compensation you could be owed and let you know what expenses you could be reimbursed for as part of your claim.
Remember, if you have been made ill because of a reaction to eating gluten, which was the fault of a food producer or provider, you could be owed gluten allergy compensation. Call Accident Claims UK to speak to one of our providers and we will make sure that you are provided with an excellent personal injury solicitor who can win you the compensation you deserve.
In this guide we are focusing on three different medical conditions, gluten allergies, gluten intolerances and coeliacs disease. All three are forms of food hypersensitivity. They are often mistaken for each other and these terms are casually used interchangeably within casual conversation by lay people, but they are actually three distinct medical conditions.
What causes people to be allergic to gluten? Food allergies, including gluten allergies occur when the body’s immune system mistakes proteins in certain types of food as a threat. An individual may only be allergic to one type of food, such as shellfish, gluten or lactose, or they may be allergic to a range of foods. Gluten allergies are a common food allergy. As a response to this food type being eaten, the immune system floods the body with chemicals and the person has an allergic reaction. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to gluten can range from very unpleasant but passing to serious reactions such as an anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal.
Coeliacs disease is an autoimmune disease. This means that it is a disease where the immune system, which is supposed to protect the body, instead attacks healthy tissue. With coeliacs disease, this is caused by the body’s immune system mistaking substances found in gluten as a threat and as a result, damages the small bowel (intestines) so that the body cannot absorb food as well. Coeliacs disease is not a food allergy or a gluten intolerance. The disease is prevented by ensuring that the sufferer follows a gluten free gluten free diet to prevent long term health problems.
Unlike allergies food intolerances are not linked to the body’s immune system and fortunately are never life threatening, like an allergy can be. However they can have some uncomfortable effects on the sufferer. How do you know if you have a gluten intolerance? Sometimes the symptoms can occur hours after the individual has eaten the food containing gluten, so it can be hard to recognise that you have a gluten intolerance. If you believe you have a gluten intolerance issue, the best thing you can do is speak to a doctor.
Gluten is a substance found in wheat, rye and barley. These grains are used in a wide range of food products, from bread to pasta and cakes. Therefore, if you have a gluten intolerance or a gluten allergy, avoiding these foods can be challenging.
As we have explained, food allergies are a symptom of the immune system mistaking protein or other substances in certain foods as harmful and thus releases chemicals that cause allergic reactions. Many symptoms are painful or deeply unpleasant for the sufferer and in extreme cases a food allergy can cause an anaphylactic shock, which can prove fatal if not treated quickly. On the other hand a gluten intolerance does not have anything to do with the immune system and is fortunately not life threatening. Eating gluten however. What , can cause several unpleasant symptoms for the sufferer. Both can be managed with a gluten free diet.
People often ask “Is there a difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance?” As we have already established, coeliacs disease is an autoimmune disease which is triggered by eating gluten and affects the small bowel (small intestine). A gluten intolerance has nothing to do with the immune system.
The symptoms of coeliacs disease are as follows:
- Unexpected weight loss
- An itchy rash
- Nerve damage
- Fertility problems which mean it is difficult for female sufferers to become pregnant
- Developing problems with balance, coordination and speech
- If the sufferer is a child, they may suffer a delayed puberty and grow at a slower rate than their peers of the same age.
Eating gluten can trigger the following symptoms for a sufferer of coeliacs disease: indigestion, diarrhea, abdominal pain, flatulence and constipation.
At the present time coeliacs disease is treated by putting the affected person on a gluten free diet, where the sufferer may choose to only eat food from the NHS gluten free food list. This is recommended for people who even only get mild symptoms from eating gluten, as well as people who suffer severe symptoms, as not doing so can lead to the patient experiencing further medical complications from their coeliacs disease. More common and minor further complications resulting from coeliacs disease include: iron deficiency anemia, osteoporosis and vitamin B12 and folate deficiency anaemia. Medical complications that can result from not following a gluten free diet if you have coeliacs disease, which are more rare but sadly also more serious can include bowel cancer, other forms of cancer and if the sufferer has children, her baby being born at a low birth weight.
You can see this NHS guide to the causes, symptoms and treatment of coeliacs disease.
As we have already mentioned, gluten intolerance and gluten allergies are often seen as one thing, even though the are two seperate medical conditions. We have explained above, how they are different. We will now look at the symptoms that these medical conditions can cause in more detail:
What are the symptoms of wheat intolerance or gluten intolerance?
Clients often ask us “What are the symptoms of wheat intolerance or gluten intolerance?” The symptoms of gluten intolerance can include diarrhea, excessive itching or skin rashes. Because the symptoms of a food intolerance can sometimes take hours to manifest. You may also experience stomach bloating, pain and flatulence. Whilst these symptoms are not life threatening they can be extremely unpleasant and even painful, so understandably many people seek medical help for a food intolerance.
If you have any of the symptoms on the above gluten intolerance symptoms checklist, we recommend you see your doctor as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms of a gluten allergy?
Two people with the same food allergy may experience different symptoms. Here are some common symptoms of food allergies that are less serious.
- Angioedema: swelling around the eyes, lips, tongue and roof of the mouth. This can make it feel like the sufferer’s throat is closing up, making it difficult to breathe
- Itchy red rashes such as “hives” or urticaria
- An itching inside the mouth, ears or throat
Unfortunately food allergies can also anaphylaxis, also known as anaphylactic shock. This can be fatal if not treated quickly. We will look into more symptoms of anaphylactic shock later.
The most severe form of allergic reaction that someone with a food allergy can suffer is an anaphylactic shock, or anaphylaxis. It can be characterised as a feeling of lightheadedness, difficulty breathing, dizziness and losing consciousness. Anaphylaxis can be life threatening, the person can slip into a coma that they may never wake up from, or they could die, if they do not receive the correct medical treatment immediately. Fortunately, anaphylaxis can be treated, if help arrives in time.
If you believe someone is suffering from an anaphylactic shock, dial 999 immediately, ask for an ambulance and tell the operator you believe the person is suffering from a anaphylaxis or an anaphylactic shock.
People who are showing the signs of suffering from a usually believe that there is a gluten intolerance test they can take, to determine whether or not they are suffering from this condition. Unfortunately a straight forward gluten intolerance test does not exist. Testing for gluten intolerance is usually done by a process of elimination, whereby the individual is put on a gluten free diet, then other foods are gradually reintroduced to their diet, to see if they can cope with small quantities or not.
Allergy testing is usually done at a specialist allergy clinic. Food allergy tests can include: the elimination diet method, skin prick testing, or blood testing. Alternative testing methods which are on the market, are not recommended.
If you have a gluten allergy, gluten intolerance or coeliacs disease, it is recommended that you avoid the following foods: fresh bread and pre packed bread, home baking goods which include bread mixes and flour, pizza bases, pasta, crackers and crispbreads, cakes and breakfast cereals. Ofcourse, an exception can be made if they are the gluten free variety. You can find a more extensive version of this NHS gluten free food list here.
If you believe you are suffering from an intolerance to gluten, you should see your GP at the first possible instance. Your GP’s first priority will be to test for coeliacs disease, which as we have already mentioned, is more harmful. If coeliacs disease is ruled out your GP may put you on a gluten free diet and recommend other treatments or things you can do to help your condition.
As we have not explained, restaurants, food manufacturers or other food providers are legally obliged to indicate if a product or menu item contains gluten. To not do so is a form of negligence. If you suffer from a gluten allergy, gluten intolerance or coeliacs disease, and you ate a product or menu item containing gluten, because you were uninformed or misinformed by the restaurant, shop or manufacturer and this had a harmful effect on you you could be entitled to claim compensation. If your relative has sadly died from an anaphylactic shock because of an allergic reaction to gluten, which was caused by negligence on the part of a third party, then you could be entitled make a gluten allergy compensation claim on behalf of their estate.
If you are successful, your allergy compensation claim will be awarded in two parts. The first part of your gluten allergy compensation will be general damages which will award you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have experienced. The second part will be special damages, which will reimburse you for any expenses you have endured relating to your claim such as the cost of medicines.
If you have experienced the effects of a gluten allergy, intolerance or coeliacs disease because of negligence on the part of a third party, call Accident Claims UK today, to see if you could be entitled to claim.
You can use our gluten food allergy personal injury claims calculator, to estimate how much money you could receive in general damages for your allergy claim.
|Form of injury||Severity of injury||Notes||Settlement|
|Loss of any (anticipated) earnings||N/A||Calculated based upon your current and past income.||£10,000 - £400,000|
|Loss of any (anticipated) benefits||N/A||Calculated based upon your current and past income.||£5,000 - £500,000|
|General pain & suffering experienced||N/A||How much pain and suffering felt is calculated based on what you have felt.||£1,000 - £200,000|
|Food poisoning (gluten allergy reaction)||Minor||Short term food poisoning or allergic reaction which then clears up in just a few days or less.||£704 - £3,004|
|Food poisoning (gluten allergy reaction)||Moderate||Moderate allergic reactions to gluten which may last for up to a week.||£3,004 - £7,254|
|Food poisoning (gluten allergy reaction)||Serious||Serious allergic reactions, may require a hospital stay||£7,254 - £14,604|
|Food poisoning (gluten allergy reaction)||Severe||Immediate allergic reaction effect might last for up to 10 days. Some symptoms may persist for as long as a year.||£29,204 - £39,904|
Alternatively, call us today, for a personalised estimation of how much compensation you could get.
Remember, Accident Claims UK offers all of our clients the option to make a no win no fee claim for compensation. No win no fee means that you will only have to pay your solicitors fee if and when you win your personal injury claim. In the unlikely event that you do not win your claim, you will not have to pay your fee, so there’s no financial risk to you. Call Accident Claims UK today, to find out more about no win no fee.
If you, or a close relative (such as a spouse or child) has been harmed after eating gluten, because of the negligence of a third party, we can help you. If you have the right to claim, we will happily provide you with an excellent food allergy claims solicitor, who will handle your claim and fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.
Call Accident Claims UK today to begin your food allergy personal injury claims process. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.