How To Make An Allergic Reaction Claim Against Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut allergy compensation claims guideSuffering an allergic reaction can range from very mild symptoms to cases of anaphylaxis which can be life-threatening. For the majority of those who suffer from food allergies, they will experience symptoms somewhat close to stomach flu or similar to hay fever symptoms. There are new laws coming into force all the time to protect food consumers. It is vital that those who provide food for consumption do so in a way that does not cause any harm. In this guide, we are examining what could be an allergic reaction claim against Pizza Hut.

All food businesses in the UK must abide by the law which is to protect their customers from being harmed. This can be done by ensuring that allergens are listed on restaurant menus, chalkboards, and online menus. Generally, prepacked foods should have clear labels with the correct information regarding the 14 main allergens contained in a product. Furthermore, the information provided must not be misleading.

Our guide to looking at claims for an allergic reaction to food you ate at Pizza Hut explains your rights. We go into the responsibilities that restaurants owe you. Additionally, we offer an idea of the value of this type of claim, and we explain how general damages and special damages are calculated.

To find out more please continue reading our guide. If you believe you have a valid allergic reaction claim against Pizza Hut, please get in touch with a member of the Advice.co.uk team to receive free advice. You can reach an adviser on 0161 696 9685.

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A Guide To Allergic Reaction Claims Against Pizza Hut

You have to be extra careful when ordering food in a restaurant or takeaway if you are allergic to something which could trigger a reaction. That said, businesses that prepare, sell, and serve food to the general public have a duty to ensure their products are safe. This means providing the right information about the 14 main allergens used in their products. Restaurants have a duty towards customers and must by law communicate the 14 main allergens contained in the food they prepare and serve.

Laws on food safety such as the Food Safety Act 1990 must be abided by. If they are not and a person should fall ill because they have eaten unsafe food they could be eligible to pursue a claim for personal injury compenstaion. Should a member of staff provide misleading information about the food you order and it triggers a reaction, it is vital to collect as much evidence as possible if you intend on making a personal injury claim against the business.

Our guide provides essential information on your rights if you were to suffer an allergic reaction after eating in a Pizza Hut. Many claimants like to know compensation payouts for allergy claims. As such, we provide an idea of the level of compensation you could receive.

You may be worried about the cost of seeking legal representation. Our panel of solicitors offer claimants No Win No Fee terms. This means you do not have to pay an upfront fee or ongoing fees either. Working with a specialist No Win No Fee solicitor takes all the worry of paying for legal services up front.

To find out whether your allergic reaction claim against Pizza Hut is valid speak to an adviser. Please call the telephone number shown at the top of the page.

Calculating Compensation For Allergic Reactions At Pizza Hut

You can use an online personal injury claims calculator to get some idea of the value of your own claim. However, these calculators are not always accurate or reliable. As such, we have put together a table that shows amounts awarded in general damages for specific harm/injuries. We base the amounts in our table on the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JC is a publication often used by those in the personal injury field to calculate a value for pain and suffering.

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Type of harm caused by an allergic reaction Severity General Damages Awarded Awarded based on Judicial College Guidelines
Non-traumatic injury – Severe toxicosis Acute pain as well as diarrhoea which may be a problem, and a claimant may also experience sickness/nausea and would need to be hospitalised. This would have a significant affect on the claimant for the foreseeable future. £36,060 to £49,270
Non-traumatic injury – Serious but short lived. Diarrhoea, also sickness/nausea. This would be serious but short lived. There may be problems in the future that cause disturbance of bowel function and impact on sex life and food. £8,950 to £18,020
Non-traumatic injury resulting in food poisoning Severe symptoms which includes pain and stomach discomfort, bowel alteration. May require hospital stay. Complete recovery in two years. £3,710 to £8,950
Non-traumatic injury Less serious symptoms to those above but Claimant experiences cramping, pain and diarrhoea £860 to £3,710

We have not covered special damages in our compensation payout amounts. Special damages are explained in the following section of our guide.

What Are Special Damages?

When you win a personal injury claim, the compensation payout is awarded in two parts. The first is general damages (as shown in the table above). The second is special damages which are awarded to reimburse all your out-pocket expenses and financial losses.

The losses and expenses you could claim back in special damages include:

  • Medical expenses – all costs you pay out which are not covered by the NHS
  • Travel expenses – the cost of getting to medical and solicitor appointments
  • Care costs – the cost of being cared for during your recovery even if a family or friend takes care of you during this time
  • Lost earnings – your lost earnings while you are off work recovering
  • Loss of future earnings – if you cannot carry on working

A member of the Advice.co.uk team can provide more information about general damages and special damages. Please call an adviser on the number at the top of the page to receive free legal advice.

What Is An Allergic Reaction Claim Against Pizza Hut?

When you suffer from a food allergy, there are certain known triggers. You may be allergic to peanuts, dairy, or something else. When you eat anything containing a trigger, your immune system perceives it as a threat to your well-being. As such, your immune works too hard to rid your body of this perceived threat. It does so by releasing specific chemicals which result in you experiencing symptoms associated with an allergic reaction to food (or drink).

You may only suffer mild symptoms but you may experience something a lot more serious which if left untreated could prove fatal. The condition is known as anaphylaxis and it is an allergic reaction to food proteins that requires immediate medical attention.

Pizza Hut restaurants and takeaways owe you a duty of care which is to ensure you are not avoidably harmed in any way when on their premises. Restaurants must in some way communicate with their customers if any of the 14 main allergens are contained in their food products. This information could be clearly displayed on restaurant and online menus. It must also be clear and not misleading in any way.

If you suffer an allergic reaction at a restaurant because the allergen information was wrong, misleading or the chef decided to add ingredients that included the 14 main allergens but this was not communicated you could have the basis for a compensation claim. To find out whether you have a valid allergic reaction claim against Pizza Hut, please get in contact with a member of our team today.

Do Restaurants Have To Provide Allergy Information?

The law stipulates that restaurants, takeaways, and other food outlets must list the 14 ingredients which are known to trigger allergic reactions in people. These are:

  • Dairy/milk
  • Wheat/cereal
  • Gluten
  • Egg
  • Fruit
  • Celery
  • Mustard allergy
  • Soy allergy
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Tree nut
  • Peanut
  • Molluscs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Generally, most food outlets that prepare, sell, or serve food to the general public are legally obliged to inform their customers if any of the above allergens are present in their food/dishes.  Restaurants should place this information on their menus making sure it is clearly visible or provide a notice to where this information can be found.

In order to establish whether you can make an allergic reaction claim against Pizza Hut it is vital you have evidence that backs up your claims. To find out if your claim is valid and to receive free legal advice, please contact a member of our team today.

Negligence In The Preparation Of Foods

All businesses that prepare, sells, and serve food to consumers and the general public must abide by the law. This is to ensure that you do not come to avoidable harm and which includes suffering an allergic reaction. Restaurants and other food outlets must set in place hygiene protocols to prevent the risk of food cross-contamination.

In the UK, the Food Safety Act 1990 stipulates the following:

If a restaurant does not abide by legislation because they prepare, serve, and sell food in a negligent way, they could be sued if a customer is harmed.

To have your case assessed for free please contact a member of the Advice.co.uk team on the number at the top of the page. The consultation is free of charge and you would not have to pursue a claim if you do not wish to.

What Are The 14 Common Allergens?

The 14 most common allergens must be listed generally by all food businesses in most parts of the UK so that consumers and customers can make an informed decision on what is safe to eat. If a restaurant or other type of business that sells food fails to do so, they would be in breach of the law.

The 14 common allergens are:

  • Milk/dairy
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Molluscs
  • Fish
  • Fruit
  • Wheat/cereal
  • Sulphite/sulphur dioxide
  • Egg
  • Gluten
  • Celery
  • Soy
  • Mustard

If a restaurant failed to warn you of any of the above allergens contained in the food you order, and you go on to suffer an allergic reaction, you could make an allergic reaction claim against them.

Did you suffer an allergic reaction because a restaurant failed to let you know of allergens in the food you ordered? If the answer is yes, Advice.co.uk can help. Please contact a member of our team to find out if your claim is valid and whether our panel of solicitors can offer you No Win No Fee terms. The consultation is free of charge and you do not have to continue with your claim if you choose not to.

What Are The Symptoms Of Allergic Reactions To Foods?

Most people may only suffer a minor reaction to food they eat and although distressing, the symptoms do not last for long and recovery is relatively fast. However, if you eat something that triggers a more severe allergic reaction, the consequences can be extremely serious. A condition known as anaphylaxis can be life-threatening if not treated as a medical emergency.

Minor symptoms associated with a food allergy include the following:

  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, roof of the mouth, and areas around your eyes
  • Burning sensations on the roof of your mouth, around your eyes, ears, and throat
  • A raised itchy, red rash – urticaria
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting, feeling nauseous

The more serious anaphylaxis symptoms include the following:

  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion, anxiety
  • Clammy skin
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Difficulties breathing – wheezing, fast, shallow breaths
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Death

To speak to an adviser and to find out whether you have grounds to sue for compensation, please get in touch today. You will benefit from free legal advice and there is nothing to pay for this initial consultation.

I Failed To Inform Staff I Have An Allergy, Am I Eligible To Claim?

Allergy sufferers must take extra care of the food and drink they ingest. That said, food outlets and eateries must abide by the law. This is to ensure you are kept safe from harm when on their premises and when ordering food. A restaurant or takeaway like Pizza Hut must provide you with the correct information about the 14 main allergens.

If a member of staff in a restaurant provided incorrect information which led you to think a dish was safe to eat, you could suffer from an allergic reaction. Providing you can show negligence, and that your suffering qualifies for compenstaion you could potentially be eligible to make a personal injury claim. To find out if this is so, please call a member of our team on the number below and benefit from free legal advice.

Statistics On Rates Of Food Allergies

The UK is one of the countries with the most allergy sufferers as compared to the rest of the world. According to a report published by the charity Allergy UK, 20% of people suffer from some kind of allergy. Furthermore, 44% of adults in Britain suffer from one allergy or another with close to 50% of this group suffering from more than one.

Did you suffer an allergic reaction to food you ordered in a Pizza Hut? Do you think it was due to negligence? A member of the Advice.co.uk team can be of assistance and will provide free legal advice on how best to proceed. As such, please get in touch at the number shown at the top of the page.

Pizza Hut Allergen Menu

Pizza Hut provides allergen information on its website.

The chain of food outlets provides customers with a huge choice when it comes to meals, pizzas, and beverages. Some of the most popular pizzas are:

  • Pepperoni
  • BBQ Americano
  • Hawaiian
  • Chicken Supreme
  • Veggie
  • 2 Top
  • Veggie Hot
  • Supreme

No Win No Fee Allergic Reaction Claims Against Pizza Hut

Many claimants are worried about the costs involved when hiring a solicitor to help support a personal injury claim. That is why we always advise any claimant that wants the help of a personal injury solicitor is to opt for one that offers No Win No Fee terms.

A No Win No Fee agreement is exactly that, if you lose your claim, there are no legal fees to pay your solicitor. This agreement means that any payment to the solicitor is conditional on the case being awarded compensation. That said, if you win your claim, the success fee as set out in the agreement would be due. The amount is a percentage of the compensation payout you are awarded.

To find out if a solicitor from our panel could represent you on a No Win No Fee basis, please speak to an adviser today.

Speak To An Advisor

A member of our team is here to offer free advice on an allergic reaction claim against Pizza Hut. You can reach an adviser in the following ways:

  • Use our Live Support Chat Line
  • Fill out our online claims form by clicking here
  • Call an adviser on 0161 696 9685

A member of the Advice.co.uk team is here to provide you with free legal advice. Lines are open 24 hours a day, so please get in touch today.

Allergy Claims Resources

Claiming compensation for allergic reaction in a restaurant:

Food allergy claims

Personal injury claim time limits:

Guide to personal injury claims time limits

Claiming compensation for food poisoning:

Food poisoning claims guide

Links to external websites:

Food allergy treatment:

NHS food allergy treatment advice

Food safety regulations:

The Food Safety Act 1990

Food Allergy And Intolerance Claim FAQs

What are the symptoms of food intolerance?

People who have a food intolerance tend to suffer the following symptoms:

  • Tummy pain
  • Bloating
  • Wind and/or diarrhoea
  • Skin rashes
  • Itching

How can you tell if you have a food allergy?

If you have a food allergy, according to the NHS you may experience symptoms such as the following:

  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, roof of the mouth, and areas around your eyes
  • A raised itchy, red rash – urticaria
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting, feeling nauseous

Always seek medical advice about food allergies.

What are the main 14 food allergies?

  • Dairy/milk
  • Wheat/cereal
  • Gluten
  • Egg
  • Fruit
  • Celery
  • Mustard allergy
  • Soy allergy
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Tree nut
  • Peanut
  • Molluscs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

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