Columbus, OH asked in Wrongful Death and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio

Q: My 6 yr old Morkie died because he had surgery at a major medical clinic and they left a sponge in him..what do I do now

They have apologized but I want to keep this from every happening to any other pet or pet family. He was pure love and joy and our family is DEVASTATED. There was negligence and carelessness throughout and multiple times to catch it that were missed by trusted animal medical facility doctors and staff. What should I do ?? When the dr called me to tell me what his cause of death( sponge left in from surgery) they are trying to give services for free and said they'll do better .. I just have no words. How do I make sure no one feels this way or keep this from happening to anyone again..real change

2 Lawyer Answers

A: You can sue for the fair market value of the Morkie.

Bruce Martin Broyles agrees with this answer

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles
  • Lancaster, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: While your family was devastated by the loss of a pet, and you probably consider your pet to be part of the family. In Ohio, a pet is merely personal property and there is no emotional or other non-economical damages that can be recovered, absent circumstances that your post does not mention.

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