“I have an issue with money owed to a vet. Viral pneumonia struck my herd of calves back in 2003. My vet at the time treated them with a drug and they recovered only to get it a second time and he treated them with the same drug over and over again. I asked him to try a different drug but he refused, saying the one he recommended was the best. After 25 calves died, I went to another vet who treated them with another drug and it worked on all calves that had not been treated previously. I lost nearly 40 calves and my previous vet issued me with a large bill which I paid in part. I am still getting bills for the balance and, with interest, it has grown substantially. Twelve years on, does he still have a right to be sending me a bill and should I have taken legal action for neglect and compensation against him? I am afraid he has me on a credit bureau list and, if so, this could damage my ability to get a loan.”

It is important to highlight at the outset that there may be issues in tackling the problems due to the length of time since the incident occurred. There are time limits (limitation periods) for taking most types of court action. These time limits are set either in the Statute of Limitations Act 1957, as amended, or in specific legislation dealing with the court issue involved.