My question involves small claims court in the state of: Indiana
I recently sued my previous landlord because the ceiling collapsed and spread mold everywhere damaging my personal property. The ceiling collapsed almost 2 months before my leased ended but I paid the remainder of the rent to avoid trouble and moved out one month early. I sued for one month of rent plus the damages for my personal property and doctor visit. Judgement was made in my favor but the dollar amount awarded does not cover my last month's rent nor did I receive anything for the damaged property or health costs.
The landlord's attorney told the judge that the lease REQUIRES that I have renters insurance and that they were not liable. Their attorney asked if I knew this was a requirement and I said, "No, I don't remember seeing that in the lease agreement". The lease they had was submitted as evidence without me being able to look through it to see if it was identical to my copy. I was also not shown where the lease requires renters insurance. After leaving the courthouse I looked at my copy of the lease and saw that renters insurance was RECOMMENDED. I am wondering 1) if I can appeal the judge's ruling 2) if there is a way to see the lease that was submitted as evidence and 3) if the judgement was made because of this false evidence.
I have a copy of the lease that my landlord sent to the Office of Indiana Attorney General (while trying to mediate the situation via this route) as proof that I did not alter my copy of the lease.
Should I/Can I appeal to receive the damages?