Thank you. First of all, I am sorry to hear about the issues you have experienced in your situation.
A negligence claim is aimed at claiming compensation for injuries or losses sustained, in order to try and restore the wronged party to the position they would have been in had the negligence not happened. Often it means financial compensation for any losses or unnecessary costs incurred due to such negligence.
For a negligence claim to succeed, the wronged party has to show the following factors apply:
- that the other party owed them a duty of care;
- that such duty of care was breached, either deliberate or negligently;
- that the breach caused them to suffer losses;
- that such losses were reasonably foreseeable in the circumstances.
In essence, you are looking at what your vet did and comparing it to what a reasonably competent vet, with the same information as them, would have done in the circumstances. If what yours did fell below the reasonable standard expected, that is when negligence can occur. As I am not a vet, I cannot tell you whether what they did was wrong or not and you would need to take professional advice from other vets to see if they believe it was so bad that it was negligent. You can then consider whether to taker this further to the County Court to seek compensation.