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Chicago School and Daycare Food Allergy Lawsuits Attorneys

Chicago food allergy poisoning lawyer

Lawyers for Parents of Children Sickened at Illinois Schools and Childcare Facilities

According to a Food Allergy Research & Education study, approximately 5.6 million children in the United States have food allergies. That is around 8 percent of the entire child population in the country and amounts to two children in every classroom throughout the U.S. An estimated 40 percent of those children also have more than one food allergy.

If your child had a food allergy reaction due to insufficient safety measures at their school or daycare center, you may be eligible for financial compensation to cover their medical costs and pain and suffering inflicted upon them and your family. At Newland & Newland, LLP, our experienced food poisoning lawyers fight for the rights of victims of preventable food allergy reactions. We hold negligent parties accountable in an effort to compel changes in food safety practices so the public is protected.

Child Food Allergies

The most common food allergies among children are peanuts, milk, shellfish, and tree nuts. Pediatric hospitalizations for allergic reactions to food have tripled in the last two decades and over 40 percent of children who have a food allergy experience severe reactions. This includes anaphylaxis, which causes a child to go into shock, and can only be remedied by an epinephrine (EpiPen) injection.

Children with food allergies also suffer emotionally, as 1 in 3 say they have been bullied as a result, which is twice the rate of children without a food allergy.

Rights of Children with Food Allergies

Because food allergies are classified as a disability, those who suffer from them are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Also, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Management Act provides schools with voluntary policy guidelines created in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to manage reaction risk, along with grant incentives for implementation.

Schools or childcare facilities that fail to provide reasonable accommodations for children with food allergies can be found liable for allergic reactions that occur on-site. Any inaction may also be ruled as discriminatory. If your child has not been granted allowances to guarantee their safety, or they have suffered an allergic reaction due to insufficient policy, Newland & Newland, LLP can help. We will conduct a full investigation to determine the best course of action to secure your child's physical and emotional well-being, and to pursue damages for the allergic reaction which they suffered.

Contact an Illinois Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer

Newland & Newland, LLP aggressively represents victims of food poisoning and food allergy reactions that could be prevented by reasonable action. In these matters of life and death, you can entrust us to pursue justice and the financial award your family deserves. To schedule a free phone consultation with a skilled Chicago personal injury attorney, contact us at 312-981-0409. We have five convenient Chicago area locations to serve you, including Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Chicago, and Itasca.

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