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Allergic Reaction After Eating Millie’s Cookies – Can I Claim Compensation?

Have you had an allergic reaction after eating Millie’s cookies? If so, you may have experienced symptoms that were unpleasant or in some cases, frightening. 

Having an allergy usually means you would try to avoid ingredients that provoked a reaction, but if Millie’s have been negligent in providing you with accurate Millie’s Cookies allergy information, this might have caused you to have a reaction that could have been prevented. If this is what has happened to you, you may be able to make a personal injury claim against Millie’s Cookies for the harm you’ve suffered if you can show it happened because of their negligence. 

This guide gives you further information on making personal injury claims for an allergic reaction to Millie’s Cookies. In the sections that follow, you can read more about what types of allergic reaction you could suffer, what responsibility Millie’s Cookies has when it comes to informing you about ingredients contained in their foods, and how Legal Expert could help you make a claim for compensation not just for the allergic reaction to Millie’s Cookies you’ve had, but also for any expenses you’ve incurred because of the reaction you’ve had. 

If you’re not sure whether Millie’s Cookies have been negligent in serving foods containing allergens, and would like a free case check to find out, or you’re ready to begin a claim and would like a personal injury solicitor to help you, you can reach our expert team on 0800 073 8804.

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What Is An Allergic Reaction After Eating Millie’s Cookies?

If you’re allergic to something, it could mean that if you come into contact with the allergen, your body might react to it.

Allergic reaction after eating Millies Cookies claims guide

This may be in the form of a skin rash, hay fever symptoms, or serious problems with breathing, for example.

This is because your body’s immune system launches an attack on things it deems to be dangerous to you. Sometimes, the body reacts to things that are actually harmless to it, if it mistakes something as a threat.

You could be allergic to tree pollen, bee stings, animal hair and lots of other things, but this guide concentrates on food allergies.

How Are Food Allergies Caused?

Food allergies are caused by your body reacting to certain ingredients contained within foods. While some ingredients do not provoke a reaction in other people, your body may react to them if it perceives them as a threat. This could lead to you suffering a variety of symptoms, ranging from minor itching to severe, life-threatening breathing problems. There are a few main types of allergic reactions you could suffer, which include:

IgE mediated – a reaction of this type could lead to a number of symptoms, including:

  • Wheezing
  • Symptoms that feel like hay fever
  • Swelling of your face, body, mouth or throat
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Itching/tingling of your mouth
  • Hives
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness

Anaphylaxis – a reaction of this type would need urgent medical attention as it could be very serious in nature. Symptoms suffered could include those mentioned above, and may also include:

  • Tongue swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Collapsing
  • Chest tightness

Non-IgE mediated – a reaction of this type may be slower to develop with symptoms such as:

  • Vomiting (without diarrhoea)
  • Itchy skin
  • Cramps
  • Cracking, dryness or redness of your skin
  • Constipation

Allergic Rashes

Some allergies may lead to rashes, which may be painless but could be itchy and uncomfortable. If you’re wondering ‘what does an allergy rash look like?’, they may present as raised patches of red skin or spots. You can read more about allergic rashes on the NHS website.

How Long Does It Take For An Allergic Reaction To Go Away?

This is a complex question, and the answer would depend on how severe the allergic reaction was, and what type of reaction you’d had. While some allergic reactions resolve themselves over time, others may require medical treatment or even hospital admission to resolve them.

Whatever type of allergic reaction after eating Millie’s Cookies you’ve had, if it was due to Millie’s Cookies’ negligence and you can prove this was the case, you could be eligible to claim compensation for the symptoms you’ve suffered.

What Foods Or Ingredients Could You Be Allergic To?

Allergic reactions could occur when consuming a variety of ingredients. However, some types of allergies are more common than others. These include:

  • Nut allergy
  • Egg allergy
  • Milk allergy
  • Dairy allergy
  • Wheat allergy
  • Fruit allergy
  • Cereal allergy
  • Gluten allergy

If you fear you may have a cookie allergy, it could be that you are allergic to some of the ingredients contained within the cookie, rather than the cookie itself. If you think you are allergic to some foods, then you could opt to go for allergy testing to find out what you are allergic to so that you could avoid having a reaction.

Rates Of Food Allergies

According to Allergy UK’s website, allergies in the UK are quite common, with over a fifth of the UK population suffering at least one allergy. Forty-four per cent of adults in Britain have an allergy with nearly half of these being allergic to more than one thing.

In 2014, there were 20,318 admissions to hospital that had an allergic reaction as their initial diagnosis, and over the 20 years between 1992 and 2012, there was a 615% rise in anaphylaxis admissions.

I Asked Staff At A Takeaway To Leave Out An Item I Am Allergic To

In order to get an allergy-friendly cookie, you may ask that your cookie is prepared without an ingredient you are allergic to. Whether this is possible or not should be something the staff communicate to you, but according to government guidelines, they should comply with your request if they are able to do so. You may be able to ask for your cookie to be made with:

  • No Eggs
  • No Wheat
  • No Oats
  • No Milk
  • No Nuts

The Staff Did Not Follow My Request To Leave Out An Item I Am Allergic To

If staff do not inform you that your food item cannot be made without the allergens you’ve asked to be left out, or they ignore your request to omit a certain ingredient and you suffer a food allergy in Millie’s Cookies because of this, you may be able to launch a compensation claim against them for their negligence. Such claims could involve requests for food items to be made with:

  • No Milk
  • No Nuts
  • No Eggs
  • No Wheat
  • No Oats

Could Allergic Reactions Be Caused By Millie’s Cookies Being Negligent?

There are a variety of ways in which an allergic reaction after eating Millie’s Cookies could be caused by negligence:

  • If they’ve not told you correctly, upon your request, what allergens are contained within their food
  • If their website, menu, or other printed material does not contain accurate information about allergens
  • If they have failed to leave out an ingredient you’ve asked to be left out of your cookie
  • If you have bought a pre-packaged cookie without the allergens listed on the packaging

Consumer Rights Act 2015 And Restaurant Customers

According to the Consumer Rights Act 2015, a customer that has been sold goods that are defective or not as described could seek damages from the company that sold them the goods. This extends to food products. 

There are a number of ways in which this could happen. For example:

  • If you informed Millie’s Cookies that you had a cookie nut allergy and they sold you a cookie that was described as nut-free, leading to an allergic reaction.
  • If you informed staff of your allergies and asked them to leave an ingredient out of your food and they didn’t comply, leading to an allergic reaction after eating Millie’s Cookies.
  • If there was no warning of allergens on the menu, packaging (of pre-packaged items), website, or other printed materials
  • If your food was cross-contaminated with an allergen when you asked for that allergen to be omitted from your food

Failing To Warn Customers Of Potential Allergen

There are some allergens that foodservice providers are required by law to advise you of if they are contained within their foods. If Millie’s Cookies didn’t inform you of one of these allergens being present in their foods by way of the serving staff, menu, website or on the packaging of pre-packaged foods, they could be held liable for an allergic reaction after eating Millie’s Cookies that resulted from this. To make a successful claim in such circumstances, the evidence is crucial, so do all you can to retain what you have.

Could You Still Claim If You Didn’t Tell Millie’s Cookies About An Allergy?

If you haven’t told Millie’s Cookies serving staff about your allergy, and have suffered an allergic reaction to Millie’s Cookies, you may feel that it would be your own fault. However, this may not always be the case. As mentioned previously, food services providers have a legal duty to warn you of certain allergens being contained in their foods. If they fail to warn you verbally, on the packaging, in the menu or on the website of these allergens being present, they could be held liable if you suffer harm because of their failure.

Allergens you should be warned about include:

  • Wheat
  • Mustard
  • Eggs
  • Celery
  • Lupin
  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Dairy/Milk
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Cereal
  • Seafood
  • Nuts

If you haven’t been warned on the packaging of pre-packaged items, on the menu, website or by the staff of these allergens being present in your food, and you suffer an allergic reaction after eating Millie’s Cookies because of this, the team at Legal Expert could offer you a free, no-obligation case check to see if you could claim compensation. If we feel you could have a claim, a Legal Expert personal injury lawyer could help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Millie’s Cookies Menu

Below you will see the menu for Millie’s cookies, which was correct at the time of posting. If you have a food allergy it could be wise for you to check the menu before ordering and ask serving staff for an up to date allergen list, as some ingredients may change.

Menu For Millie’s Cookies

  • Cookie bases: milk chocolate, double chocolate and white chocolate
  • Pack of 4 cookies
  • Pack of 6 cookies
  • Box of 12 cookies
  • 2 boxes of 12 cookies
  • Gift tin of 18 cookies
  • Year’s supply of cookies
  • Gift tin of 50 cookies
  • Giant cookie
  • Heart-shaped cookie
  • Giant cookie cake
  • Giant cookie with 12 cookies
  • Muffins
  • Cookie cupcake boxes and tins
  • Latte
  • Vanilla Latte
  • Chocolate cookie latte
  • Caramel vanilla latte
  • Cappuccino, Americano, Espresso

Compensation Calculator For An Allergic Reaction After Eating Millie’s Cookies

If you’re making a claim for an allergic reaction after eating Millie’s Cookies, you might want to know approximately how much compensation it could bring you. We have opted not to use a personal injury claims calculator on this page to provide an approximation of compensation amounts for allergic reactions. Instead, we have produced a handy table with figures from the Judicial College Guidelines, which is a publication used by lawyers and the courts to hone in on how much your claim could be worth.

Your claim would be assessed based on medical evidence produced by an independent medical expert, who you would have to see as part of your claim. The facts and circumstances of your case will also impact the value. Depending on how severe your reaction was and how it has affected you in the short and long-term, the below brackets could be appropriate for your claim.

Reaction Compensation bracket Remarks
Anguish (mental) £4,380 If a claimant feared that they could lose their life or would experience a reduction in quality, then this could be an appropriate award.
Allergic reactions (slight) From around £860 to £3,710 Within this bracket, it would focus on slight reaction that resolves in a few days or weeks.
Allergic reactions
£3,710 to £8,950 A reaction of this nature would have no lasting effects. However, hospital treatment might have been required initially, the symptoms would resolve.
Allergic reactions (serious) £8,950 to £18,020 Cases of this nature often have serious reactions but do not have lasting complications.
Allergic reactions (severe) £36,060 to £49,270 Severe reactions could lead to long-term impact on a claimant’s ability to enjoy a normal social life or their ability to work, They are also expected to endure severe pain, vomiting and diarrhoea might have featured as symptoms. Hospital admission might have been required, lasting some days or weeks.

How You Could Be Compensated By Special Damages

The table above offers information relating to compensation payouts for loss of amenity, suffering and pain, but you could also be compensated with special damages for expenses you’ve suffered as a result of your food allergy in Millie’s Cookies. This could include compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Travel expenses
  • Care costs

You would have to provide evidence of these costs to your solicitor to have them included as part of your claim. Bills, payslips, receipts and bank statements could be useful for evidence.

How Solicitors Could Support Those Who Have Suffered An Allergy

As we mentioned earlier in this guide, you could go ahead and claim for an allergic reaction after eating Millie’s Cookies on your own, but there are some benefits to using a personal injury solicitor to help you, and here at Legal Expert, we believe our solicitors could help you fight for the maximum possible compensation for your allergy claim.

The benefits of using a lawyer from Legal Expert could include:

  • Less paperwork for you, and more time to concentrate on your recovery
  • Your lawyer could negotiate a settlement without you going to court in many cases
  • All legal boxes ticked (legal papers must be filed before the personal injury claims time limit, for example)
  • Support in court if your claim reaches the courtroom

We believe that, although there are plenty of law firms out there, we offer exceptional service to our clients. Many of our previous clients attest to this; you can read our reviews here. To benefit from our experience and knowledge, you can call our helpline for free and we’ll check if you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. If we feel your claim could bring you compensation, a Legal Expert lawyer will be happy to help you begin your claim.

No Win No Fee Claims If You Suffered An Allergic Reaction After Eating At Millie’s Cookie

Claiming compensation with the help of a Legal Expert solicitor could be done without you having to pay any money out until your claim is successfully settled. These are what are often referred to as No Win No Fee claims. The way in which they work is as follows:

  • You would be given a Conditional Fee Agreement to sign, which would agree on a small success fee, legally capped, to be payable from your compensation payout if your lawyer succeeds.
  • Upon signing the agreement, the lawyer would begin work on your case free of charge.
  • Once compensation had been negotiated/awarded and paid, the small fee would be taken from your payout, with the rest of the payout left for you.
  • If there was no compensation awarded/negotiated, you would not pay the success fee or the costs the solicitor incurred while building your case.

If you have any questions about this process, we’re always glad to answer them. If you’d like to go ahead with a claim for an allergic reaction after eating Millie’s Cookies under these terms, we’d be happy to help.

Talking To An Allergy Claim Solicitor

If you’re ready to get started with a claim or would like our expert team to check your eligibility to claim for an allergic reaction after eating Millie’s Cookies, we’re here to help. You can contact our friendly, professional team in a number of ways.

We look forward to helping you claim the compensation you deserve.


Further Allergic Reaction Claims Information – We have also produced a general guide on food allergy claims. You can find it here.

Restaurant Negligence Claims – You can read more about claiming against a restaurant here.

Claims For Nut Allergies – If you’ve suffered a Millie’s Cookies peanut allergy, you might find this guide useful.

Notifying Customers Of Allergens– You can read more about what information foodservice providers should give you here.

Food Allergy NHS Information– If you have questions such as ‘what are the 4 types of allergic reactions and how do you live with a food allergy, this page could be useful.

Getting Diagnosed – If you think you’re allergic to something, this page could be useful.

Guide by Jeffries

Edited by Billing

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