actual damages
actual damages see damage 2

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

actual damages
n.
Damages awarded for real injuries as opposed to nominal or punitive damages.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


actual damages
In a lawsuit based on one party's injuries, the loss or harm suffered by the injured person, or the specific amounts of money that the person loses as a result of the injuries, including lost wages and medical expenses. (See also: damages)
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

actual damages
USA
compensatory damages, Also known as actual damages.
The amount of money awarded to a party in a civil action to compensate for an injury or loss caused by another party's unlawful conduct. The purpose of compensatory damages is to make the claimant "whole," not to punish the wrongdoer.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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