How Shotshows Are Almost Lawsuit Proof

How a traveling shot show makes you almost liability proof
When you are hosting and conducting a vaccine shot show, you will have clients coming from far and wide to get a good deal on immunizations for their pet. But keep in mind, to these people, they are just pets. And the precedent of law holds that a lawsuit over damages to a pet are limited to actual costs incurred, against the insured value of the pet. So far, pain and suffering is almost never a settlement item

Further, your shot show can be protected by a generic 1-800 number, and a maildrop address. You’re 1-800 number may simply be a second line on your cellular phone. No one’s going to check this while waiting in line for their shots. Your mail drop address can be at any UPS store or other mailboxes plus. They will forward your mail to you. While it looks like a physical address, it is just a maildrop for your written correspondence. In our market models for our shot shows, we have found that customers do not keep up with their paperwork.

A customer holds their own pet while the vet immunizes it. The tumor under the tail remains unseen.

If they get a busy signal at the one 800 number they called from the rabies tag and their paperwork is missing, it is very difficult to litigate a complication from the vaccines that you administered. Perhaps you vaccinated an animal with a pre-existing auto immune condition and triggered that to manifest. Perhaps an animal had an anaphylactic reaction and spent the weekend at the Emergency Clinic. When these events occur in a brick and mortar clinic with a reputation to protect, things are handled very proactively.

Typically by the time these issues arise, your shot show has been broken down and loaded into the truck and you are already on to the next town. All operators of successful shot show low-cost clinics have waivers and disclaimers that are signed by the customer before you immunize their pet. These waivers may include language that says if they are bitten while holding their pet for you to administer their vaccine, you are not responsible.
It has been this authors experience that disclaimers, waivers, and a lack of access after the event, create a condition of almost perfect insulation from follow up liability to your shot show.

  • DrNickRivera
  • Dr. Nick runs a full service veterinary clinic in Encinitas, California and holds several shot shows in the surrounding counties. (But not his own city!) Dr. Nick is a pioneer in shot-show promotion and was among the first to use 1/2 dose antigen split between two patients to increase profitability.