Case Study

Allergic Reaction

Case Type: Accident in a Public Place
Injury: Anaphylactic shock and deterioration of anxiety/MRA
Settled by: Monika Kealy
Settled on: 2nd November, 2022
Allergic Reaction

Case summary:


Eve was eating a slice of cake in a local coffee shop one day when she suffered an allergic reaction. During the purchase, she was not made aware by the shop owner that the cake contained cashew nuts. After consuming the cake Eve experienced breathing issues, swollen lips, and a rash all over her body, she quickly took an antihistamine, but she still felt weak and nauseous, an ambulance had to be called for Eve as her condition deteriorated.

Eve visited her GP a couple of days after the incident and described how she felt she was going to die during the incident and said her goodbyes to her mother and brother. The GP as a result prescribed Eve with an EpiPen and a Ventolin inhaler.

Eve has been in regular therapy since the tragic death of her father at a young age, she had been seeing a private therapist for her anxiety for several years before the incident. Eve is familiar with the feeling of anxiety and panic attacks which have gotten worse following the allergic reaction, she has had to be picked up early from school from being unwell with anxiety.

While Eve is always very cautious and checks the ingredients of everything she eats, the coffee shop did not indicate that the slice of cake contained nuts. Her symptoms have improved but the first couple of months were very difficult due to her anxiety. She is learning to manage her EpiPen and manage the long-term effects from her experience without becoming neurotic.

Case Progression

Court proceedings were instigated, and the case was brought to a successful conclusion.

Case Settlement

The case was settled in the Circuit Court on the 2nd of November 2022 for the sum of €16,051.

This was a great success for our client, we are thrilled with the care and work put into the case by Monika and her team.

*Note: Client name changed for GDPR reasons.


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