In February 2006 I was assaulted by my fiancees mother , the assault included being struck in the head with a frying pan which resulted in knocking me to the floor and my back being severely injured. The police were called to the scene as was an ambulance (fortunately my fiancee was there- so he took me to the hospital instead of the ambulance, which would have been more money).
She was arrested and charged with simple assault and harrassment, however I was nice and dropped the charges. I recieved my bill from the hospital I went to the night of the assault and it was a whooping $762.00 ,I can honestly say I about fell out of my chair because I DID NOT receieve $762 worth of medical treatment, in fact the emergency room Dr. On duty that night merely asked me a few questions , I receieved a shot of Tordol ( an anti-inflamitory) and was sent home. No x-rays, no exam - nothing. The next day I made an appointment with my family dr. and again receievd a bill for $89.00 , the day after that I went to my local emergency room (the assault happened in another county- so the first hospital I went to was in that county) because I was still in severe pain and could barely walk, in fact I was like this for approximately 1-2 months, I couldn't walk up or down steps could not lift my then 15 month old daughter which was extremely difficult because we lived in a two story townhouse . I again received another bill from this hospital for $219 . My medical bills for this assault total $1070.00 Give or take a few $. Not to mention approximately $140 I spent on prescription painkillers . I would like to know how I go about suing her in small claims court for these medical bills and the money I spent on prescriptions. Also can I sue her for pain and suffering? I was not employed so I know that I can't sue her for lost wages. However do I have any grounds to sue her for anything , and does it cost money to do this? I've never done anything like this before and I would like some advice before I decide to proceed with it.