The amount of money, which a plaintiff is suing for or is awarded in a lawsuit. There are several types of damages. Special damages are those damages caused by the injury, including medical and hospital bills, ambulance bills, loss of wages, and repair or replacement of property. General damages are those damages, which are the result of the other party’s actions, such as pain and suffering, future problems and effects of an injury, loss of ability to perform various acts, shortening of life span, mental anguish, loss of companionship, humiliation from scars, loss of anticipated business and other harm. Exemplary or punitive damages combine punishment and the setting of a public example. These damages may be awarded when the defendant acted in a malicious, oppressive, wanton or grossly reckless way in causing special and general damages to the plaintiff. Exemplary damages are allowed in only limited circumstances by statute in Washington State.

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