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Small claims court is designed to be used without an attorney. The forms are fill-in-the-blank and are available from the clerk of the court for your county. The limit for small claims court is $5000.
In order to prevail, you will need to show that the gate was malfunctioning or that the current settings were likely to cause an accident
. You may want to see if you can get maintenance records. Also, you should time the motion of the gates as they transition from close to open to close.
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