Can I Sue for the Injury or Death of My Pet?

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What Should I Do If My Pet Has Been Injured or Killed?

If your pet has been killed or seriously injured, you should first try to talk to the person responsible for your pet’s injury or death. Although this may be an emotionally-challenging experience, you may be able to be resolved the issue without taking criminal or civil action. This might be ideal if the individual is a neighbor, family member, or acquaintance, since lawsuits can be damaging to relationships.

If you would like to press criminal charges or take civil action, you should do the following:

What Damages Can I Receive for the Injury or Death of My Pet?

If your pet has been injured or killed negligently or purposefully, you may be entitled to damages in a civil suit. The amount will depend on the facts of your case, but may include the following:

Veterinary Malpractice

Veterinarians are required to uphold a certain professional standard of care when treating animals. If your pet was injured or killed as a result of a veterinarian's lack of competence of negligence, you may be able to bring a civil lawsuit for veterinary malpractice. If your case is successful, you may be able to recover for your expenses and losses.

Should I Contact an Attorney?

Losing a pet can be an emotional process. If previous efforts to resolve the situation have been unsuccessful, you can contact an attorney to find out if you should pursue a civil lawsuit.

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Last Modified: 12-07-2016 11:05 AM PST

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