Veterinary malpractice is a veterinarian failing to meet the standard of care when providing healthcare to your pet, as well as causing a preventable injury. Veterinarians are professionals and have a different standard of care compared to standard personal injury cases.
To prove that veterinary malpractice occurred, a plaintiff must show that the veterinarian deviated from the normal standard of care. Standard of care for a professional essentially means the normal practices and protocols associated within the field. The standard of care for a veterinarian is the level of care that would be expected of a veterinarian with ordinary skills and experience.
To prove that your pet was the victim of veterinary malpractice, you must be able to show three things:
Veterinarians have several defenses available to them. The most common are:
If you believe you have been the victim of veterinary malpractice, you may wish to hire a malpractice lawyer. An experienced malpractice lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and offer you advice. If you have a strong case, a malpractice lawyer will be able to represent you in court and ensure your rights are represented.
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