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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Chapter 3
Damages and How You Get Them
In This Chapter
• Understanding damages
• Different kinds of damages
• Why you need to show damages
• Why you need to mitigate damages
The court can’t turn back the hands of time. The court can’t unhurt your back, can’t regrow the tree your neighbor cut down, and can’t uncrash your car. What the court can do is say “we’re going to put a dollar amount on that claim” to resolve the issue. The court can also resolve issues by making people do (or preventing them from doing) specific acts. For example, if no dollar amount would resolve the problem of the cut tree, the court might order your neighbor to plant a new one. But before the court can order action, someone has to suffer a loss, called damages. ...

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