State & local non-economic damages issues

AVMA position

AVMA legal brief

  • Vermont Supreme Court (PDF)
    The AVMA, along with the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, filed this brief in the case of Goodby v. Vetpharm, before the Vermont Supreme Court, advocating against allowing recovery of non-economic damages for the loss or injury of a pet.

Analysis

Legislative analysis:

How emotion-based/non-economic damages can hurt you and your pet
When pet owners seek emotion-based damages, also known as non-economic damages, as compensation for pain and suffering, this sets up a domino effect of unintended and undesirable consequences that will actually hurt pets in the long run.

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Policy consequences of expanding damages
Expanding damages may seem warm and fuzzy, but will actually hurt animals, pet owners and their communities.

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Effect of expanded damages on animal services
Expanded damages will harm not only veterinarians, but also other providers of animal services.

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Relative value of human-animal relationships
Allowing monetary recovery for emotional distress would place human-animal relationships above human-human relationships.

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Potential impact of expanded liability on veterinary health care
The crisis in delivery of human health care should not be allowed to spill into delivery of care for animals.