On my last trip back from Switzerland, United Airlines managed to lose one of my bags. Today, I received a check from United in the amount of 857.70, which is the majority of the amount I had claimed. United is not liable for loss of certain materials, so that meant they paid slightly less than I claimed, but I'm overally quite satisfied with their response.
I had basically written all that stuff off as gone, but now I'm back in business. I'm going back to Switzerland on the 12th of November. The cost of that ticket? $842.50. No Effing Way.