I was assaulted by someone I know, a person I dated, at a bar back in 2007. (Don't worry -- the statute of limitations for domestic violence in Michigan is 5 years.)
I'm including the bills I incurred from the ER, the chiropractor, the meds I took, the counseling I had afterward, etc...(trying to get all those receipts, if possible -- are they necessary?)
Can I, or can I NOT, include pain and suffering in the amount for which I am asking? In Michigan the maximum Small Claims amount is $3,000. I know pain and suffering cannot be quantified, but I need to know what to do.
This schmuck punched me in the back of the neck and caused me to have a neck injuries that lasted for a few months, cost me $$$, and also cost me my peace of mind.
(The reason this was NOT prosecuted criminally is because my attacker and his "witness" lied to the investigating police offier. My attacker's "witness" was not even in the same room when this happen. My witness was truthful but now lives in another state. Today I spoke with another witness -- who agreed to either write a notarized letter and/or testify on my behalf. The reason I didn't have more witnesses in the first place is because the investigating police officer, after speaking to my one witness, told me he had sufficient evidence and didn't want to speak to more people.)
Please advise. I filed this a week ago, and will probably go to court in a month or so.
Should I ask the psychologist and psychatrist I saw at the time to write letters on my behalf -- instead of just asking them for receipts of the bills I incurred because of this???
Thank you, thank you, in advance for your help!!!