Pets are at risk of being injured or even losing their lives when they are not under the direct care of their owners. It is crucial to hold accountable the individuals and establishments that we entrust with the well-being of our beloved pets. These entities encompass a wide range of professionals, including boarding facilities, groomers, and veterinarians. The unfortunate incidents involving harmed pets or the heartbreaking experience of losing them could have been prevented if these professionals had adhered to the expected level of care they promised. Traditionally, pet owners and their legal representatives have been informed that they cannot seek compensation for the emotional distress caused by such incidents. This is one of the many reasons why existing laws need to be challenged and changed, for the better. Let Teper Legal bring that strength and determination into Court for you; to hold these individuals accountable for their actions and work to get you and your pet what you deserve!
Pets are considered property under the law in most states, which means that victims have the right to receive compensation for the animal's market value and any other damages. The market value is determined by the cost of a new pet of the same breed, age, condition, and training. However, it is important to note that the love and emotional connection we have with our furry friends cannot be measured solely by their market value. Emotional distress also plays a significant role in these cases, and it can be addressed either through court proceedings, settlement negotiations, or mediation.
Veterinary negligence refers to situations where a veterinarian fails to meet the minimum standard of care expected of them. However, it is crucial to note that this standard is set at a very low threshold, making it highly likely that the vet's actions fall within the acceptable range, resulting in the absence of a viable case. Veterinary malpractice occurs when a veterinarian causes harm to an animal as a result of negligence. Although the standard of care for pets is generally lower than that for humans, it is still essential to hold vets accountable if a pet is unjustly injured or killed due to the treatments they administer. This is why details in these cases are incredibly important to determine whether you have a viable case or not.
The absence of regulation in most states regarding boarding facilities and doggy day care centers is a serious issue, as it has resulted in a high incidence of injuries and fatalities. However, when it comes to dog sitters, walkers, and groomers, a different standard applies. These individuals are obligated to ensure that your pet is returned to you in the same or better condition than when you entrusted them with its care. In Massachusetts, the owner or keeper of a pet is responsible for any harm that befalls it while in someone else's care with their permission.
At Teper Legal, we strive to better the standards, regulations and accountability of individuals that promise to take care of your animal and do not. We never like receiving calls with bad news, which is often what brings about the need for an attorney, but Attorney Teper is here for you and your pet!
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