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Austin Food Allergy Litigation

Food allergies happen when the immune system wrongly identifies a specific protein in food as dangerous. This initiates an immune response, releasing chemicals such as histamine, which lead to the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Common Symptoms of Food Allergies

Food allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe and can affect different parts of the body. Here is a detailed explanation of the various symptoms:

  • Abdominal Pain: Cramping or discomfort in the stomach area.
  • Diarrhea: Frequent, loose, or watery bowel movements.
  • Dizziness, Lightheadedness, or Fainting: These symptoms are often a result of a drop in blood pressure. Severe allergic reactions can cause a significant decrease in blood pressure, leading to dizziness, a feeling of lightheadedness, or fainting. This is especially concerning in anaphylactic reactions.
  • Eczema: Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a condition that makes the skin red, inflamed, and itchy. It can be exacerbated by food allergens.
  • Hives: Raised, red, itchy welts on the skin. They can appear anywhere on the body and vary in size. Hives often form in clusters and can move around the body.
  • Itching: Generalized itching without a visible rash can also occur.
  • Nasal Congestion: Swelling and inflammation of the nasal passages, leading to a blocked or runny nose.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: Feeling sick to the stomach and the expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth.
  • Swelling of the Lips, Face, Tongue, and Throat: This swelling, known as angioedema, can cause significant discomfort and, in severe cases, can obstruct the airway, leading to breathing difficulties. Swelling can also affect the eyes and other parts of the face.
  • Trouble Breathing: This can include shortness of breath or a feeling of tightness in the chest, which can be severe and life-threatening in cases of anaphylaxis.
  • Wheezing: A high-pitched whistling sound made while breathing, typically heard when exhaling. It is caused by narrowed or obstructed airways.

Severe Reactions and Anaphylaxis

In some cases, food allergies can cause anaphylaxis, a severe, life-threatening reaction. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include:

  • Rapid or weak pulse
  • A sense of impending doom
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Loss of consciousness

Immediate medical attention is required for anaphylaxis. People with known severe food allergies often carry an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen) to treat anaphylactic reactions promptly.

Who May Be Liable?

When someone experiences a food allergy reaction while out, several parties might bear responsibility:

  • Restaurant Staff: If they did not properly communicate about allergens present in the food or failed to take necessary precautions to avoid cross-contamination after being informed of the allergy.
  • Food Manufacturers: If there was incorrect labeling or failure to disclose allergens in pre-packaged foods served at the establishment.
  • Event Organizers: If the reaction occurred at a catered event and the organizers did not ensure that allergy-safe options were provided and clearly labeled.

Ultimately, responsibility may depend on the specific circumstances, including communication and adherence to food safety protocols.

Austin Food Allergy Statistics

The National Health Interview Surveys conducted two surveys in 2021: Diagnosed Allergic Conditions in Children Aged 0–17 Years: United States and Diagnosed Allergic Conditions in Adults: United States. These reports show that 6.3% of adults and 5.8% of children had a food allergy.

From 2009 to 2016, food allergy claims in Texas showed that 53% were for someone under 18, 44% were for adults aged 19-65, and just 3% were for those over 65.

In March 2024, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc (JBSS) announced a recall of their Great Value Honey Roasted Cashews after a customer reported finding coconut cashews in a honey cashew pot. Due to the issues with undisclosed coconut and milk allergens, the products had to be recalled from 30 states, including Texas.

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Experiencing food allergies due to another’s negligence can be a distressing and overwhelming ordeal. The unexpected health complications and potential long-term effects can disrupt your daily life, causing both emotional and financial strain. At The Lange Law Firm, we understand the gravity of your situation and are here to offer our expertise and support.

Contact The Lange Law Firm at (833) 330-3663 or message us online for a free consultation. Our dedicated team of legal professionals will take the time to thoroughly understand your unique circumstances and the impact this has had on your life. We will diligently investigate every aspect of your case, gathering evidence and identifying those responsible for your suffering. Our goal is to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve, covering medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any other damages you may have incurred. Trust us to fight for your rights and help you navigate this challenging time with compassion and determination.