Can we counter-sue for lost wages and indirect costs if the party who sued us did not show up to court?

Question Details: My wife and I are landlords from out of state. After our tenents moved out of our home. We used their security deposit to cover repairs and refunded the rest but they sued us for the entire amount. We took off work, drove 4 hours, paid for copies proving our case and showed up for court. However, they didn't show up so the case was dismissed without prejudice. Can we counter-sue for lost wages?

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