The average allergic reaction is usually minor; however, when allergic reactions are severe they can even be fatal. If you suffered an allergic reaction to food due to negligence on behalf of one or more parties, you may well be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
An allergic reaction is brought on by your immune systems reaction to ingredients which the body mistakenly sees as a threat to it. This reaction will see your immune system flood your body with chemicals resulting in a physical allergic reaction which can result in fatal consequences. The most food allergy signs and symptoms are as follows:
- Swelling of the tongue;
- Swelling of the throat;
- Tingling in the mouth;
- Wheezing and nasal congestion;
- Abdominal pain;
- Diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting;
- Dizziness, sometimes leading to fainting.
Most food allergy symptoms can be addressed by taking antihistamines. However individuals suffering with symptoms will continue to suffer with symptoms while the antihistamines start to work on combating the symptoms.
The more severe form of allergic reaction is known as anaphylactic shock. This is where the “false threat” detected by the immune system leads to the release of a gargantuan amount of chemicals.
- Sudden drop in blood pressure;
- Pulse speeding up massively;
- Tightening and constriction of the airways and swollen throat making it difficult to breathe;
- Dizziness which can often lead to unconsciousness;
Unfortunately, should death result from an allergic reaction, the compensation settlement would be expected to be quite substantial. However, fatal accident claims are specific to each individual; this makes it impossible to provide an accurate figure without being provided all information.
When proving negligence for an allergic reaction to food, please note the food manufacturer/ retailer is not responsible for the claimant’s allergies, but is responsible for making the individual purchasing the product aware of the ingredients within the produce being sold. Should you have made a restaurant aware of an allergy and still undergo an allergic reaction then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Please seek medical assistance at the first sign of a potential allergic reaction. Details of the allergic reaction, treatment received and allergen will be noted on the claimant’s medical records which will be used if they begin to pursue a claim for an allergic reaction.