Equine Veterinary Negligence

Blackstone Solicitors provides comprehensive legal advice on matters relating to equine veterinary negligence.

What is Equine Veterinary Negligence?

Veterinary negligence occurs when a vet, veterinary nurse, or other equine healthcare professional fails to meet the expected standard of care for your horse, resulting in harm. This can happen through:

  • Misdiagnosis: A failure to correctly diagnose an illness or injury can lead to delayed or inappropriate treatment, worsening the horse’s condition.
  • Incorrect Treatment: Administering the wrong medication, performing surgery with errors, or using improper treatment methods can cause further harm.
  • Pre-Purchase Examination Errors: Missing a crucial pre-purchase health issue can leave you with a horse unsuitable for its intended purpose and significant veterinary bills.
  • Anaesthesia Errors: Incorrect administration of anaesthesia during surgery or procedures can lead to serious complications or even death.
  • Dental Neglect: Failing to properly address dental issues can cause pain, discomfort, and even weight loss in horses.

Recognizing Signs of Potential Veterinary Negligence

While veterinary medicine is not an exact science, some red flags might indicate potential negligence:

  • Significant Deterioration After Treatment: If your horse’s condition worsens considerably following treatment, it’s worth seeking a second opinion.
  • Deviation from Expected Procedures: If the treatment seems unusual or deviates significantly from what was discussed, raise concerns with the vet.
  • Lack of Communication: A vet who is unresponsive to your questions or hesitates to discuss treatment options might be cause for concern.
  • Failure to Follow Up: If the vet doesn’t schedule appropriate follow-up appointments to monitor your horse’s progress, it could be a sign of negligence.

It’s important to note: These are just potential indicators. Consulting with another equine veterinarian for a second opinion is crucial before jumping to conclusions.

We can provide all of the expert legal assistance you need and have considerable experience in this area of law and can advise you throughout the process.

Speak to our expert equine law solicitors today to find out more about how we can assist you. Call us on 0330 808 0849 or allow us to call you back by completing our online enquiry form.

Our Approach

We place huge emphasis on getting things done properly and efficiently. This is especially true when providing legal advice on veterinary negligence.

Equine law is a specialised area of law that encompasses a wide range of legal issues relating to horses. It applies to all aspects of horse ownership, breeding, competition, and the equine industry as a whole. At Blackstone Solicitors, our team understands the unique challenges faced by horse owners, breeders, riders, and equine professionals across England and Wales.

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Why Legal Help is Important

Making a successful veterinary negligence claim requires proving three elements:

  1. Duty of Care: The vet owed a duty of care to your horse, meaning they had a professional responsibility to provide a reasonable standard of treatment.
  2. Breach of Duty: The vet breached this duty of care by failing to meet the expected standard of practice.
  3. Causation: The vet’s breach of duty directly caused harm to your horse, resulting in financial losses (e.g., additional veterinary bills) or emotional distress.

Blackstone Solicitors’ team will manage every aspect of your claim, including:

  • Investigating the Case: We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances, gathering evidence and medical records to support your claim.
  • Legal Representation in Court (if necessary): If a settlement cannot be reached, we will provide robust legal representation in court to pursue the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Blackstone Solicitors

While a handshake agreement might have sufficed in the past, the equine industry today demands a more formalised approach. Equine law is a specialised area that deals with a wide range of legal issues specific to horses. At Blackstone Solicitors, our team in England and Wales understands the unique challenges faced by horse owners, breeders, riders, and equine professionals.

At Blackstone, we can help to give you the very best chance of achieving the outcome you are looking for. Equine law can often be complex, and it is therefore imperative that you seek expert legal help to ensure any contract you sign, is suitable and correct.

Our Services

We provide various services for horse owners and those involved in the equine industry including advising on commercial agreements and making sure everything is completed thoroughly and without error and is in your best interests.

We can also advise on the following areas:

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Find out more about our services and how our equine law specialists can help you and your by getting in touch today. Simply call us on 0330 808 0849 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back at a convenient time.

We are able to help individuals throughout the North West, the rest of the UK as well as internationally from our offices in Cheshire and London.

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