Here’s a good webpage on the consideration that should be made before you sue. It’s important to have a big picture idea of what to do and what can happen. This is from Ontario, Canada but principles should be the same and look for this kind of info in your jurisdiction:
The information provided below is offered to help you in your decision to make a claim if you do not have a lawyer. The information provided below is not legal advice, and it may not apply in every situation.
Before making a claim, there are a number of factors you may want to consider, and a number of pieces of information you will need to collect. Here are some of things to consider before you start a claim: