I am pondering whether I should continue with a lawsuit.
On August 27th, 2017 my partner was about to walk our dog Kyuuko who is a corgi pom whom just left the house and I was at the garage at that time and suddenly I heard my partner yell “Nooooo, nooooo!” I ran outside and saw my partner holding our dog and saw the neighbours’ brother holding his dog who was a female Pitbull.
The pit bull bit our dog Kyuuko’s leg and he was bleeding. The neighbours (they are a couple and he was the wife’s brother) brother apologized profusely and said he will call his sister whom was the actual neighbour and said he will take care of them. We were bewildered and shaken so we took the contact information and took Kyuuko to the emergency vet.
Kyuuko went into surgery and after few hours he was alright. The vet said it was pretty bad but not life-threatening. The bill came up to 1000 dollars.
The next day the owner, the wife, called and apologized and said she will take care of the costs and to call her back after it was finalized.
We contacted our pet insurance and they covered 60% of it. There was still 40% to cover so my partner told the neighbours they owe us 400 dollars. After a month, there was nothing and another month passed. We asked for the money and the husband finally came and paid 300 and said they will pay the rest later. A couple of weeks passed and nothing. We texted the wife for the money and nothing. We messaged again and now we were in December. The wife finally messaged back and told us they were in financial hardships and how we being unfair, childish and immature that we were being inconsiderate of their situation. She said the whole thing was an accident and we should be thankful that they even paid 300 because they wouldn’t have paid at all. She said they were not going to pay us and that’s that.
We were understandably furious and didn’t know what to do. We are not the aggressive types so my partner said to Fuck them and to just let it go. I just couldn’t do that because whenever I saw them I wanted to yell and scream at them but I didn’t. I also chose to ignore them but it didn’t last long.
At this point, I want to sue them but the amount is quite low. It’s less than 100 dollars and the legal fees might cost more.
I am thinking of going through this process called civil resolution tribunal which helps solve cases that are under 3000 dollars.
I was going to consult with a lawyer for 30 mins which is included in my work benefits so I was going to utilize that.
However, I am still unsure what to do or how to be when I see the neighbours.
Does anyone have any advice, tips or thoughts or had similar experiences in the past?
Anyways thank you for hearing my story and take care. I did not want to post pictures of Kyuuko when he was hurt because that makes me upset whenever I see them but I will post him resting after the surgery.
Thanks for reading,