Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I would like to assist you today.
I am sorry to learn about this unfortunate series of events. Regarding the potential for an appeal in this matter, the major consideration for the appeal is the standard of review. The matter before the Court in your case was one of fact, not one of law. What this means is that both you and the other party agreed that the contract provided a reimbursement under certain conditions (the question of law). The dispute was over the value in question (this was a question of fact).
The reason this is important is that the judge in the case is given considerable discretion over this as the "trier of fact". An appellate
Court will review the judge's decision for an abuse of discretion when it comes to a question of fact (unlike a question of law, where the appellate court can examine the issue for itself), and will usually not change the judge's decision unless there is a clear abuse of discretion. The idea is that the appellate court is not present at trial and able to determine the demeanor of the parties and the witnesses, while the trial judge is and can examine the evidence.
I do not have all of your issues in front of me, and do not know all of the facts of your case, but if your appeal is based on a dispute over fact, and the trial court was able to make a decision between two parties and their interpretation of the facts, it is not usual for the appellate justices to reverse that decision.
I must caution you that I cannot practice law through this site, I cannot give you specific legal advice or instruction, and I cannot make the determination as to whether or not an appeal would be worthwhile for you, but the above are some of the considerations that would be worthwhile in these types of matters.
I hope the above is helpful, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and I wish you the best of luck in this matter.