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Hello, this is Jim and I am a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you today.
Is your insurer disputing the claim for the vet bill for some reason?
Hi, I just saw your further question. So the vets didn't tell the insurers and the insurers now refuse to cover? But you also say the insurers do not cover for the type of treatment your dog was at the vet's for?
Thanks, the main issue is the insurer not covering this treatment - the list of conditions would be stated in the terms of the policy. Are you saying the insurer misled you or just a complaint that they do not cover the stem cell treatment (which is not covered under the policy)?
So you are saying because the vets didn't tell the insurers, you would have said no to the treatment? And so the vets have now gone ahead with the treatment leaving you out of pocket?
OK, so the vet should not have done this - you can say that they breached the Consumer Rights Act 2015 in failing to carry out their service with reasonable care and skill, which has now led to your loss.
You should tell them that they simply went ahead whilst you were abroad and given you were not covered by the insurers, they should have checked with you first - the fact they didn't should mean you do not have to pay them.
You can threaten to report them to Trading Standards if they persist and try to pursue you for the bill (tel: 03454 040506 - Trading Standards' number).
If they sue in the small claims court then you can defend the claim made against you. No lawyer would be required assuming it would be a small claim (up to £10,000 in value) and you can come back to this site for ongoing help if required.
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