Going out to eat can be quite complicated for people with allergies, especially those with who are allergic to peanuts. Foods which you least expect often include peanuts, which catches people off-guard. It is important to recognise the medical signs of a peanut allergy in order to intervene before the afflicted person goes into anaphylactic shock.
Accident Advice Helpline exists to help preserve the health and safety of people by providing advice and when their safety is compromised by others we help them claim compensation for injuries sustained as a result. In certain cases, restaurants don’t disclose that peanuts are used in certain salads and this can lead to people having an allergic reaction and is illegal. It is the restaurant’s responsibility to ensure that customers are aware of what they are eating.
Signs of a peanut allergy
- A runny nose – Some symptoms go unnoticed as they can be fairly commonplace or akin to that of a common cold.
- Skin reactions – Many cases result in the allergic person developing hives or general redness and swelling. The level of swelling and your skin reaction will become worse the more time goes on without getting treatment.
- Itching around the mouth – When you are allergic to peanuts, your lips often swell if these come in contact with peanuts. Another symptom is itching around your lips, with is highly uncomfortable and can cause them to crack.
- Digestive issues – Diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting can occur as the body rejects the peanuts or food containing traces of peanuts. If the allergic person hasn’t developed a skin reaction yet, which is rare, this might be dismissed as food poisoning but it’s important that he/she is taken to the hospital immediately to receive treatment.
- Lack of breath – As the allergy affects the throat, the allergic person will struggle to breathe and the situation will suddenly seem a lot graver. It’s of the utmost importance that you reach a doctor or a hospital immediately.
Can you claim against a restaurant for a peanut allergy?
If the restaurant or takeaway you were getting food from failed to disclose that traces of peanuts are used in the preparation of the food, you may have a claim for compensation. It’s important that you call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to discuss your claim in depth with a very helpful and friendly advisor to learn more.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice