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Parents file wrongful death suit after peanuts cause girl's death

Most North Carolina parents have never experienced the grief associated with the loss of a child. However, some have witnessed their child dying from a fatal accident caused by another person's negligence. When this happens, many take legal action. That was what one couple did after their daughter died from a peanut allergy while under the supervision of camp personnel. They are now filing a wrongful death claim.

The 13-year-old girl went into shock after eating a Rice Krispies Treat while on vacation at Camp Sacramento in California on July 26. She had been diagnosed with a peanut allergy when she was 3 years old, but her condition was under control until she was given the popular treat, which contains peanut butter, while visiting the camp

The girl immediately detected the peanut-like taste and ran to tell her parents. Her father, a doctor, injected the girl with an EpiPen, which is used to alleviate allergy symptoms. It didn't work, so he used two additional EpiPens on his daughter. Despite paramedics' attempts to revive the girl, she suffocated.

The parents claim that the facility's negligence caused the girl's death. They informed personnel multiple times both orally and in writing that the girl had a peanut allergy and should not have been given foods that contain the nut.

Even though the event was likely an accident, the facility could still be held liable for the girl's death in a lawsuit. A peanut allergy is serious, and the personnel's carelessness caused a fatal accident as well as a significant loss for the family of six.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Family sues city after girl’s peanut-allergy death at Camp Sacramento" Andy Furillo, Apr. 20, 2014

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