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Patients who are allergic to medicines or medical products must be treated with care to avoid them suffering life-threatening injury from the most severe form of allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. Failure to consider the patient’s risk of anaphylaxis, or to react quickly and correctly when it occurs, can result in devastating injury, disability, or death.

When someone is severely injured from anaphylaxis as a result of medical negligence, the patient or their bereaved family may be entitled to claim compensation.

What is anaphylaxis?

The NHS estimates that 1 in every 4 people in the UK will experience some form of (mild or more serious) allergy during their lifetime. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening, and often sudden allergic reaction to an allergen. The anaphylactic reaction is the immune system’s overreaction to the presence of the allergen, which it tries to attack by producing inflammatory chemicals. This exaggerated response affects the whole body, causing life-threatening symptoms, such as organ failure from anaphylactic shock.

Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency which requires immediate emergency medical treatment. Adrenaline or epinephrine, if given immediately, may reverse the body’s severe reaction to the allergen and save the patient’s life.

All medical treatment should take into account what is already known about a patient’s allergies, whilst remaining alert to the risk of further allergic reactions, based on their medical history, current conditions and medication. Some areas of medicine, such as anaesthesia and radiology, routinely involve drugs and products which can cause severe allergic reactions.

Starting your anaphylaxis injury claim

If you, or a loved one, has been injured from anaphylaxis as a result of medical negligence, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible by telephone or by email.

Our medical negligence claims team will contact you and provide free and no obligation initial advice to assess whether you have grounds to start an anaphylaxis injury claim. If we believe you could be successful, we operate on a no win, no fee basis.

Our making a medical negligence claim guide explains the whole process.

Why choose Boyes Turner?

Our clients receive the highest standards of advice and representation during an anaphylaxis injury claim. We always treat clients with compassion, and outstanding care and have a deep understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological and financial impact that life-changing injury can have on their lives.

  • We are nationally acclaimed medical negligence lawyers. We are recognised as leading clinical negligence experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • We've won awards and accreditations for our work and are known for securing maximum compensation for clients.
  • We have an extensive and highly experienced medical negligence team with proven skills to succeed in high value, complex claims involving catastrophic injury and severe disability.
  • We provide the highest standards of advice, we work with the best medical experts and to support rehabilitation work with top UK treatment providers and many charities.

Allergic Reaction (anaphylaxis) injury claims frequently asked questions

What happens during anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency. The body’s severe reaction to the allergen will often affect the person’s ability to breathe, their heartbeat, blood pressure and circulation, and their level of consciousness.

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Who is at increased risk of injury from anaphylaxis?

Someone who has previously experienced a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis will always be at risk of having further, more severe, anaphylactic reactions. Where the cause of their reaction is unknown, this is called idiopathic anaphylaxis.

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What are common allergens which can cause anaphylaxis during medical care

Allergens which can trigger anaphylaxis in a medical setting, such as during hospital treatment, include:

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What kind of injuries lead to anaphylaxis medical negligence claims?

Whilst some anaphylactic reactions cannot be predicted or prevented, patients who suffer severe injury or death from anaphylaxis may be entitled to compensation if their injury arose from medical mistakes. Examples of negligent treatment leading to anaphylaxis injury claims include:

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What compensation can I claim for serious injury from anaphylaxis after medical negligence?

The amount of compensation that each client can claim depends on the severity of their injury and the way it affects their lives. Where the patient has suffered injuries of the utmost severity, they may remain dependent on others for all aspects of their care and daily life. Compensation settlements may include payments for:

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What kind of medical errors lead to anaphylaxis medical negligence claims?

Serious injury from anaphylaxis can include: 

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