Living with and managing a food allergy is a lifelong commitment requiring constant awareness. Eating can be a life-or-death situation for those who are allergic to peanuts and other nuts, as well as those who have a dairy, soy or gluten allergy. Approximately 100 to 200 people die each year after coming into contact with a food to which they are allergic. Across the country, up to 15 million people have a food allergy, according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).
Unknowingly eating an item that contains peanuts or the known allergen can cause a reaction that can lead to serious illness, difficulty breathing, anaphylaxis, and even death. For some, even the aroma of the food of someone consuming it nearby can cause a serious reaction. Food allergy lawsuits can be filed against parties who have negligently served or prepared food. There have been cases in which a restaurant prepared food for school children using peanut oil after promising they would not. Hospitals and nursing homes also can mistakenly serve the wrong food order to an allergic person. Some airlines serve peanuts, or fail to make a requested announcement that someone on board is severely allergic to peanuts, thus putting allergic customers in danger.
If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of negligence in being served food with a known allergen, you should discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Dixon Law Office, we have dealt with food allergy legal cases, and we can help you, too. Contact us today at 888/354-9880 or click here for a free consultation.