Do you have food allergies? Every year, thousands of Americans suffer severe allergic reactions to foods such as peanuts, eggs, shellfish, strawberries, and mango. Although people with food allergies do their best to avoid an anaphylactic allergic reaction, they may be unknowingly exposed to dangerous foods because of misleading product labels, undisclosed allergens, improper food preparation and the negligence of food service workers. When this happens, their lives are put at risk.
Our Rockford personal injury lawyers offer these tips to help prevent Illinois anaphylactic allergic reaction deaths:
- Let others know about your allergies. Most injuries and deaths associated with food allergies occur because others were not aware of the allergy. Let schools, restaurant staff, food service workers, and grocery providers know about the allergy. When buying groceries, don’t hesitate to manager if you have concerns about the source or preparation of the food you are buying. The managers can put you in touch with food distributors so that you can get more information. If you have doubts, don’t eat the food.
- Wear a medical alert bracelet. Medical alert bracelets can be engraved with your allergy information and emergency contact numbers.
- Ask your doctor for an epinephrine injector. An epinephrine injector or Epi-pen can stop a fatal allergic reaction. Know how to use your Epi-pen. Keep your Epi-Pen with you at all times and replace it each year. Children with food allergies should have an Epi-pen in their classroom.
If you experience symptoms of a food allergy reaction, call 911 immediately. Symptoms include:
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of the throat
- Itching and swelling of the face or mouth
If you or a loved one suffers a severe allergic reaction because of the negligence of a food company, restaurant or other food service provider, you have the right to take legal action. To learn more, consult with the Rockford food allergy lawyers at Hupy and Abraham. Call us at 800-800-5678 and ask to schedule a free consultation.