Parker Woman: Insurance Co. Totaled My Dog

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PARKER, Colo. -- Marcia Pinkstaff said she couldn’t believe it when her dog was hit by a minivan last week and the driver’s insurance company told her they’d pay for one or two trips to the vet and would then “total out” her dog.

“I don’t see how you could total out a family pet,” she said.

Pinkstaff was walking west in the crosswalk at Canterberry Parkway and E. Idyllwilde Drive, in Parker, when an eastbound minivan made a left turn striking Sasha, a 9-year old Lab mix.


http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/28876770/detail.html
 

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Next law: Required liability insurance for pets.


Take the insurance money, and then take the driver to small claims court for the remainder. Simple enough.
 

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Dogs are property in the eyes of the law. Get over it.
 

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How do you total out a family pet? Here, hand me that .22 over there and I'll show you.
 

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I don't see what the insurance company is doing wrong, except for using insensitve jargon to describe their underwriting procedures. They paid the vet bill and offered to pay for a followup visit. This shouldn't be an open ended checkbook for every ailment the dog has.

If they were really "totalling" her dog per Insurance company protocol, she'd get a check for $50 for the adoption fee at the local shelter. Insurance companies aren't keen to paying a $3000 repair bill on a 2001 Camry.
 

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I've seen this sort of thing on Judge Judy. It's cheaper to let your pitbull kill the neighbor's dog as opposed to just mauling it. A mauling can result in $1000's in vet bills that can be ordered reimbursed. But a dead dog is worth about $45 bucks. So the next time your Doberman named Hitler, or your Pitbull named Bloody Lucifer latches on to Fifi the Poodle, make sure you let your dog finish the job.
 

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Friends of mine had some giant ass wooly mammoth of a dog... a Burmese mountain dog or something. The smelly old fucker ate a corn cob and they spent like six thousand dollars when all was said and done to clear an intestinal blockage. Thee mutt dropped dead within a year anyway.

6 grand is crazy IMO. That's waaaay over my "totaled out" limit.
 

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Parker is the next town over, I got nothing. but this lady is prob an attention whore and trying to get a payday out of it. Google search brought back court case/s. Crackas b lovn' dem dogsies!
 

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Can't you sue for damages beyond insurance payout?
 

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Can't you sue for damages beyond insurance payout?
Yes, I believe you sue the driver and then he is responsible for paying. He can in turn sue his insurance company if they didn't provide adequate coverage.

Which is what she should do.
 

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just to buy and train a bird dog is well over 5k if someone had killed him or maimed him to a point he could not work i would;

A. beat the living fuck out of said person
B. sue the shit out of them and there insurance company till i was made whole that would include the cost of a dog of his level of blood line, training and awards, not to mention the loss of income from his hunting ability.
its not as "cut and dry" as most people seem to think.
 

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My dad accidentally ran over my sister's English Bulldog that she paid over 2 grand and only had it for 2-3 months.
Dad called his insurance company and they cut a check for the full amount my sister paid for the dog, no questions asked.
 
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If you can provide documentation showing what you paid for the animal there is no reason why an insurance company shouldn't pay the claim. Unfortunately for Fez Man he would just end up having to use that money for his attorney who will be quite pricy considering he will be representing him in a criminal and civil suit.
 

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just to buy and train a bird dog is well over 5k if someone had killed him or maimed him to a point he could not work i would;

A. beat the living fuck out of said person
B. sue the shit out of them and there insurance company till i was made whole that would include the cost of a dog of his level of blood line, training and awards, not to mention the loss of income from his hunting ability.
its not as "cut and dry" as most people seem to think.
It's cut and dried that a judge would have an ax to grind with you for point A of that, and you'd end up much worse off than you started, when everything's said and done. I think the man in the robe would consider the lawsuit against you an open and shut case. Very straight forward, not a toss up at all.
 

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My dad accidentally ran over my sister's English Bulldog that she paid over 2 grand and only had it for 2-3 months.
Dad called his insurance company and they cut a check for the full amount my sister paid for the dog, no questions asked.
This is a case of an insurance company totaling out a dog.
 

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If you can provide documentation showing what you paid for the animal there is no reason why an insurance company shouldn't pay the claim. Unfortunately for Fez Man he would just end up having to use that money for his attorney who will be quite pricy considering he will be representing him in a criminal and civil suit.
It's cut and dried that a judge would have an ax to grind with you for point A of that, and you'd end up much worse off than you started, when everything's said and done. I think the man in the robe would consider the lawsuit against you an open and shut case. Very straight forward, not a toss up at all.
well, since sex pays my legal bills i think i will be just fine.:bigok