Anaphylaxis

Personal Injury Lawyers for Anaphylactic Accidents

What is Anaphylaxis? What are the Causes and Symptoms?

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction affecting more than one body system such as the heart, circulation, airways, and skin. Symptoms can start within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen (food or substance), and usually progress rapidly.

Anaphylaxis can have both food and non-food causes. Foods that are typically responsible for anaphylaxis include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, sesame seeds, and kiwi. Common non-food triggers include wasp or bee stings, natural latex (rubber), and certain drugs such as penicillin.

A severe symptom of anaphylaxis is anaphylactic shock, which is a widespread reaction to an allergen potentially causing a dramatic fall in blood pressure, heart failure, and swelling of the tongue and breathing tubes. This may lead to unconsciousness and potentially even death. Other symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Widespread flushing of the skin
  • Swelling of the lips
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the skin anywhere on the body
  • Nettle rash (hives or urticarial)

Duty to Accommodate Life-Threatening Allergies

Certain entities, such as restaurants and school boards, have a duty to accommodate life-threatening allergies. A duty to accommodate means there is an obligation to take steps to eliminate risks of harm from a known anaphylactic trigger. Entities that may be held liable for failing to discharge their duty include:

  • Restaurant workers and owners
  • Hospital staff
  • Kitchen staff at care homes, nursing homes, camps, etc.
  • Food staff on airlines or cruise ships
  • Other food service companies or restaurants
  • Food manufacturing companies and packaging companies (improper labelling)
  • School boards and educators

If you or your child has suffered an anaphylactic reaction as a result of another party’s negligence, your family may be entitled to damages. The personal injury lawyers at Derfel Injury Law have over a decade of experience in the personal injury field, and we can help you understand whether you have a claim against any at-fault party for injuries resulting from an anaphylactic reaction.

Compassionate and Dynamic Representation

The personal injury lawyers at Derfel Injury Law have helped hundreds of clients resolve their personal injury claims. We are always available to answer your questions and we take pride in our ability to ease your worries about the complexities of a lawsuit against a tough opponent. We have the experience, know-how, and determination to resolve your claim quickly, while getting you the compensation you deserve.

If you’ve had a severe allergic reaction, you are at risk for future reactions. Even if your first reaction is relatively mild, future reactions might be more severe. The long-term consequences of another party’s negligence can be devastating, both physically and psychologically. The professional team at Derfel Injury Law are skilled investigators, negotiators, and litigators, and you can feel confident leaving your case in our hands while you focus on your recovery.

Contact Derfel Injury Law in Toronto if you have sustained injuries from an Anaphylactic Reaction

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