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A guide to coeliac disease compensation claims:
What is coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease is a medical condition thought to be suffered by around 1 in 100 people in the UK, in which the body produces an immune response to gluten, and attacks your own body tissues. This can be dangerous, and causes damage to the gut and lining of the small intestine. When your small intestine becomes injured, your body is not able to properly absorb enough nutrients from food. Eventually, this can lead to malnourishment, as well as loss of bone density, miscarriage, infertility or even neurological diseases or certain cancers.
Coeliac disease is caused by an adverse autoimmune reaction to gluten, a protein which is found in all wheat, barley, and rye products. Many people who do not have coeliac disease, or are newly diagnosed with coeliac disease, are unaware just how many types of food contain gluten.
Gluten is found in the following food groups, meaning that those suffering from coeliac disease must strictly avoid the following foods:
most types of bread
certain types of sauces
some ready meals
many vegetarian meat substitutes
While it is mainly foods that contain gluten, most beers contain barley and therefore should be avoided by those suffering from coeliac disease
What is the law surrounding labelling of gluten on food?
As of October 1st 2021, food businesses are now legally required to provide a full list of all ingredients and allergens on their pre-packaged food items. Before this, there was no requirement for food items packaged onsite in a food establishment to carry a full list of ingredients, and it was up to the customer to ask a member of staff about allergen information.
This comes under a new legislation known as Natasha’s Law. The new legislations requires all food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods prepared and packaged on the same premise they are sold. This will stand for all pre-packaged food items, even those that have been made on the premises earlier the same working day.
This means that if you buy any form of pre-packaged food from an establishment, whether it be a bakery, cafe, independent food shop, or a sandwich shop, any allergens, such as gluten, must be clearly displayed, and allergens highlighted. If you have bought food of any kind that has gluten in it that was not declared on the packaging, you could be able to make a no win no fee coeliac disease claim for financial compensation with our specialist no win no fee solicitors.
Can I make a personal injury claim for undeclared gluten in food with coeliac disease?
Put simply, yes. If you have bought a food product from any type of establishment that had gluten as an ingredient, that was undeclared on the packaging and ingredient list of the food, and have suffered injury or illness as a result, then you could be able to make a no win no fee claim for financial compensation.
If you suffer from coeliac disease, our specialist solicitors know that exposure to gluten, even if it is only traces of gluten in a food product, can be a medical emergency, and that it can have a long-term impact on your health and well-being.
On top of simply failing to declare gluten on the ingredient list, there are cases where a food product is directly labelled as ‘gluten-free’ and advertised as being safe for those with gluten allergies and suffering from coeliac disease, has traces of gluten in it.
Natasha’s Law and coeliac compensation claims:
With the new introduction of Natasha’s Law earlier this year, this new legislation means that food businesses will have a legal obligation to include a number of pieces of information about their food on the packaging.
An emphasis of all the allergenic ingredients (including gluten)
A full ingredient list
The name of the food
This means that if you are buying a food product that is packaged, it is a legal requirement for any gluten included in the product to be clearly declared on the packaging. If you have suffered as a result of undeclared gluten in food, then the establishment that sold the product to you is in breach of Natasha’s Law, and could well be liable in a coeliac compensation claim.
What are the symptoms of gluten exposure in someone with coeliac disease:
Many people who confuse coeliac disease with gluten intolerance also mistake the symptoms of the two as being interchangeable. However, this is not the case. Coeliac disease is not a food allergy or intolerance, but is an autoimmune disease.
For those suffering from coeliac, exposure to gluten can cause an auto immune response, where their immune system attacks the healthy body tissues in their gut, causing damage to the stomach lining. This can cause serious long-term damage to the stomach lining that is not suffered by those with a gluten intolerance.
While up to 13% of people might suffer from a gluten intolerance of some degree, coeliac disease affects only around 1% of the population, with the process of being diagnosed with coeliac disease taking on average around 13 years for patients.
Coeliac disease is a serious medical condition, and it can be dangerous for those suffering to eat even a small amount of gluten. The signs of celiac disease that are related to the body’s inability to properly digest food, include:
Bloating and gas
However, there are also medical signs that coeliac sufferers experience that are not directly related to the digestive system. These other symptoms of celiac disease can include:
Headaches and fatigue
Bone and joint pain
Acid reflux and heartburn
These symptoms demonstrate just how much gluten can affect someone suffering from coeliac disease, and how dangerous it can be. If you suffer from coeliac disease and have even affected in any way due to being given food incorrectly labelled, or food containing undeclared gluten, you could make a no win no fee claim for financial compensation with our specialist solicitors today.
What to do if I have suffered because of undeclared gluten in packaged food?
If you have suffered in any way because of a food product containing undeclared gluten, or being wrongly advised that your food was gluten free, you might be wondering what to do next. Our specialist coeliac injury solicitors explain below:
1. Seek immediate medical attention- obviously, you know your coeliac disease better than anybody else, and your health and safety is the most important thing. If you have suffered in any way due to coeliac disease after undeclared gluten in food, you should always visit your local GP or A&E department for medical. treatment, depending on the severity of your symptoms. This is the best possible way that you can ensure that your symptoms are treated properly, as well as to ensure that the injuries are recorded in your medical records, making it easier to pursue your subsequent coeliac compensation claim for undeclared gluten.
2. Keep any remnants of the food, and any packaging- It is important to always keep any remnants of the food, or the packaging food safe, as this can make it much easier to prove your foreign object in food compensation claim.
3. Keep any receipts- If you have receipts of your purchase, or a note on a booking confirmation, or declaration of your coeliac to the establishment make sure to keep these safe, or have screenshots of them.
4. Make a formal complaint to the shop or restaurant and the FSA- it is important to make whoever you bought the food from aware of the incident, in order to prevent it happening to more people, as well as reporting it to the FSA. This step needs to be taken before making a compensation claim with our no win no fee solicitors.
5. Get in touch with a specialist injury solicitor- in order to pursue legal action, and begin your foreign object in food claim for financial compensation, you should contact a specialist solicitor as soon as possible. Here at MG Legal, our solicitors specialising in coeliac compensation claims can offer you a free, no-obligation discussion with a solicitor to establish whether you have a potential claim, and will always accept your claim on a NO WIN NO FEE basis.
Eating out at restaurants with coeliac disease:
If you are eating out at a restaurant, and have coeliac disease, the key to eating out safely is to communicate with restaurant staff to explain your requirements. As gluten allergies and coeliac disease become more widely known, more and more eating establishments and restaurants are adapting their menus to contain gluten free options and ensure that food handling in their kitchens is in place to cater to those with coeliac disease and a strict gluten free diet.
Since 2014, it has been a legal requirement for establishments to be able to provide customers with the relevant information regarding any use of gluten in their dishes. This can be done written or orally, but must be clearly noted on the menu if customers have to ask a member of staff for the information.
Many restaurants and food establishments will now ask ahead of time as part of the online booking process whether or not there are any allergies or food conditions within the part of customers. When this is the case, the original booking form and information can be used by our specialist solicitors in any subsequent coeliac compensation claims made by our clients.
If you have suffered in any way after been wrongly served gluten in a restaurant, then do not hesitate to get in touch with our specialist no win no fee solicitors today, and learn how you can make a claim for financial compensation at no financial risk.
How do I claim compensation if I have been given a food product with undeclared gluten?
If you are looking to pursue a claim for financial compensation if you have suffered after eating undeclared gluten, the first step is to get in touch with a specialist coeliac claims solicitor who can work on your claim. The personal injury claims process can be complex and confusing, especially for food related claims, and you
need the legal expertise and help of a fully qualified and experienced solicitor. Simply get in touch with a specialist solicitor at MG Legal, here, and you will hear back from us within one working hour.
After an initial, no-obligation discussion with a solicitor about your potential claim, MG Legal will get a simple claim form sent out for you to fill in and get back to us, and we can begin building your compensation claim on the same working day. The process of making a claim can seem overwhelming, but with the help of our specialist solicitors, it will be entirely stress-free for you as our client.
Missed coeliac diagnosis claims:
A coeliac misdiagnosis claim is essentially a claim for financial compensation because of a medical misdiagnosis you have received for your coeliac disease. Here at MG Legal, claims for coeliac misdiagnosis compensation are carried out by specialist medical negligence solicitors. Generally speaking, there are three different types of coeliac misdiagnosis claims:
1. Incorrect coeliac diagnosis claim- the most obvious type of misdiagnosis, is where a medical professional takes note of your symptoms, but diagnoses the coeliac symptoms incorrectly as another condition
2. Missed coeliac diagnosis claim- this occurs when a medical professional fails to diagnose any problem, despite you presenting recognised coeliac symptoms that should have required further testing or investigation
3. Delayed coeliac diagnosis claim- this is where, through no fault of your own, your coeliac diagnosis is delayed, where appointments are pushed back, or blood test results are not properly read or followed up on
Due to the broad range of symptoms that sufferers of coeliac disease present, the condition is often mistaken for a more minor condition, or IBS. However, our medical negligence solicitors have found that many GP's and medical professionals are severely under-educated on coeliac disease, and the average amount of time that it takes for a coeliac diagnosis after first presenting symptoms to a doctor is 13 years, with many patients not being diagnosed for up to 30 years.
If you have suffered from a missed coeliac diagnosis, or a coeliac misdiagnosis of any kind, and have not been referred for the correct tests after displaying symptoms, contact our no win no fee solicitors online today to see how we can help. Prolonged exposure to gluten for those suffering from coeliac disease can be extremely dangerous, and can lead to malnourishment, as well as loss of bone density, miscarriage, infertility or even neurological diseases or certain cancers. If this continued exposure is due to a medical misdiagnosis, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation.
How much can I claim for coeliac disease reaction?
The effects of gluten consumption for those suffering with coeliac disease can vary hugely in severity, complexity, and prognosis time. The expected compensation for the pain and suffering alone, known as general damages, can be estimated using the Judicial College guidelines. To learn how much your coeliac compensation claim might be worth, contact our specialist solicitors online here.
However, you could achieve further compensation for fractures, known as special damages. These cover:
Loss of any earnings during recovery
Potential loss of earnings for any long-term or permanent damage
How long do I have to make a no win no fee coeliac food reaction compensation claim for undeclared gluten?
Subject to the Limitation Act of 1980, if you have suffered due to a coeliac reaction after exposure to gluten, then this is classed as a form of personal injury, and you have three years to pursue a claim for compensation. There are exceptions, for those under 18 years old at the time of the injury, in that minors have three years from their 18th birthday within which to make a personal injury claim, until their 21st birthday.
Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, here.