The civil lawsuit system in this country is really a joke. Everyone loses because lawyer fees and court costs are so high. And unless you sue someone with a lot of assets you aren't going to get paid anyway.
My wife sued a lady on our street a few years ago for damages (long story-won't get into it) after the lady's unlicnesed and unleashed pit bulls took a chunk out of our kids leg. We had a solid case, and the jury awarded the damages to pay our medical bills that insurance didn't cover. We had to pay our lawyer up front and his fees and court fees were $8,000. The lady my wife sued turned out to be unemployed for 4 years, no money, no assets, and her home was in her mother's name. So her net worth was $0. My wife got a nice pretty jury award paper but so far no money. The lady's defense was great too: I'm an innocent Christian who loves animals and I go to church every sunday.