As a vet does not fall with medical, dental or podiatric malpractice, the statute of limitations is 3 years. If you can file within 2 1/2 years (which is the statute of limitations for medical, dental or podiatric malpractice) that would be safer. However, consider whether your case is worth it. New York law does not allow for emotional distress damages for loss of a pet. New York law treats a pet as chattel unless it is a special situation like the pet was an actor, etc. You will likely need to retain an expert vet and pay thousands of dollars to get his/her testimony, which is likely more than you can over hope to recover.
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The cost would likely far exceed a recovery, but contact the above lawyer in your state to investigate.
3 years. Even if you sue under contract for the 6 years, the court would apply the 3 year S/L. I hope that you are speaking about a high value animal, otherwise you will be spinning your wheels in terms of finding an attorney to prosecute unless you will pay hourly, not contingency.
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I agree with my colleagues. Probably 3.
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