The good news is, I’m healing pretty okay after the pitbull chase. I lost track of exactly how many appointments I had, but I think it was around 7-8 between the orthopedic surgeon (for the fractured hand), and the dermatologist and then the infectious disease specialist for the infection in my knee (you do not want to see those pictures…well, maybe you do. If you really want to see the picture, here you go!). By the way, mRSA is really, really painful. I could hardly walk my knee hurt so bad. I ended up getting IV antibiotics and then was on oral antibiotics for another 24 days. Good times.
But, I’ve still been going to the chiropractor because my back and oddly enough, one of my toes has something not right with it (it snapped way back and had a huge bruise for weeks). And, the spot on my knee is still tender over 2 months later.
So, back to the update.
I went to court on the originally scheduled court date (after calling to confirm nothing had changed the afternoon before). However, the owners somehow managed to get a continuance without the court solicitor’s approval. So, I was there, talked to the solicitor and gave him copies of all of my bills, receipts, etc. He specifically told me “I have everything I need. Their new date is next Thursday and you don’t need to come back. Just call me next Friday and I’ll let you know what happened” I even confirmed that I didn’t need to come back. I bet you can imagine where this is going.
So, I called that Friday, and I got a returned call. The solicitor apologized and told me he forgot all of my documentation, or that we had even talked. Needless to say, my bills, receipts and documentation weren’t addressed. I asked what my options were and he told me to write the dog owners a letter asking them for restitution or that I could pay $150 and take them to small claims court.
Umm…both of those are less than ideal for both of us. At this point, over a month later, I just wanted the medical bills paid and to be done with it. I found out that they did pay a fine to the court and the county and that often, the solicitor waives those fines to that the money can go to restitution. But, and a big but, they had paid their fines all in full, so the case was closed.
At this point, I’m crying on the phone to this man. I asked him if he could do anything else. He accepted blame but just apologized. I told him I was a firm believer in being able to accomplish anything you’d like, you just have to set out to do it.
20 minutes later, he though of another solution. “I will first have to ask the court to waive all of the fees I’ve paid. I will then contact the owners and ask if they are okay with the fees they paid going to you instead. Then, I can reverse the fees and get them paid out to you.”
This sounds like a good plan and option, so I ask how much their fees were. Come to find out, they were about $30 less that what I was requesting. To be done with this, it sounds like a great deal to me. Let’s do it.
He asks me to give him until the following Tuesday. I do. And, he actually calls me. Everything is finally worked out and I can come back to the courthouse today and pick up my check!
Medical bills paid. Expenses (mostly) reimbursed! Thank goodness.