Matthew Williams' answer Please don't write in ALL CAPS. It's hard to read. It sounds like the appellate court did one of two things: (1) found that there was no final appealable order, or (2) indicated that without findings of fact and conclusions of law, they didn't have a sufficient record to overturn the trial court and affirmed. If it's (1), then you need to go get a final appealable order and appeal again. If it's (2), you're probably out of luck. Determining whether you're attorney is at fault would necessitate...
Peter N. Munsing's answer I think I answered this already. Did the tavern have insurance? That should cover the claim, get her an attorney. If the claimant settled, see the release. Otherwise, get a consult from a bankruptcy attorney. That would put the other proceedings on hold.
Matthew Williams' answer Generally, when a doctor says "failure to keep a good relationship," they mean failure to pay the bills. I am aware of no law that requires any doctor to continue seeing a patient really under any circumstances. Emergency rooms have to stabilize folks but that;s about it.
Adam Michael Russell's answer The short answer is yes. You should be free to choose your attorney. Consult your fee agreement to see if it contains any terms addressing termination of the contract. Is some situations, the attorney may assert an interest in any future recovery for the case under the theory of "quantum meruit" based on the work already performed on your behalf. This is especially true if the attorney has done a lot of work and obtained an offer of settlement.
Joseph Jaap's answer The case would be decided on the evidence and testimony that you present in court. The vet would present evidence of giving reasonable care under the circumstances. The court would then decide if you met the burden of proof with a "good case." Small claims court can decide cases claiming up to $6000. Check the court web site for the filing fee.
Matthew Williams' answer You are probably not too late. Statutes of limitations are measured in years. It is, however, important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your claim.
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