I was bullied by my neighbor a year and half ago. He and I work at the same company. My in-laws lived with me and he had been using my in-laws as babysit. He drops off his kid at my home everyday. His kid is about one year old at that time.
In 2009, I lost my job due to company layoff. After that, my in-laws and my wife became increasingly emotionally abusive. In 2010, I started to realize that they have been slandering me behind my back and I'm concerned that they are attempting to overtake my house. I started to fight back. My neighbor became convinced that I'm about to throw out my in-laws and began meddling in my family affair. I explained to him what's happening and that there is a power struggle at home. He sounded like he understands my plight.
However, shortly after, he and other neighbors started to lecture me on family value. He told me it's my moral duty to keep my in-laws because they raised my son since he was an infant. And he accused me of lying when I didn't answer his instant message chat request on the company network when I told him I will be doing company work that evening.
I ignored him afterwards because I don't think there is any point talking to him anymore. He already made up his verdict. During the same time, my mother-in-law kept provoking me. Due to the concern of my safety and due to my increasing work demand, I spent more and more time at work. He started to mocking me working overtime when dropping off his kid at my house. He also came to my house frequently, giving me disapproving looks. On the company instant messenger, he even told me "I don't like to live with my mother-in-law, but I think you should let your mother-in-law live with you."
My in-laws became increasing boldened due to his meddling and the abuse became more prominent and public. Things were so out of hand at my house, I ran away. And the first thing he said after he saw me was "That's it? Are you giving up on marriage?"
After I moved out, my in-laws finally moved out 4 months later, and during this time, he continued to use my house as his daycare center.
What I like to know is:
a) Do I have a case of personal injury against this person?
b) Does anyone have a recommendation for a personal injury lawyer in Austin with good empathy?