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you would have to establish that the first vet should have and could have known abou the problem. You could talk to other vets and see how they would have treated your dog based onthe symptoms
You would want to try in small claims first as they tend to favor plaintiffs in small claims
you would be suing for negligence
Do you think I have a case? Is it worth my time to sue? Do you think I should send a certified letter requesting reimbursement, or just go straight to small claims?
I would first request payment, as that is a requirement of small claims that you made attempts to settle the debt. Becuase it was such a large amount i think it is worth it
OK, so the 1st vet was $1700. They sent me to the 2nd vet which cost me $2700. What amount should I ask for? Thank you for your help BTW!
BOTH! If the first vet messed up with the diagnosis then what was the $1,700.00 for? And the $2,700.00 could have been avoided if they didn't mess up so i would ask for both. You can always settle for whatever you wish
The $1700 was for treating the bite (anti-venin, IV fluids, overnight stay, etc)
How likely are vets to reimburse clients?
sometimes they will, sometimes they won't. I would say then ask for the $2,700.00 and they might work with you on that one, since they did try to treat him
So ask for 2700, then if they refuse, then try small claims, correct?
perfect. I do appreciate your help on this. Wish me luck!