Double Damages Law and Legal Definition

Double damages are damages that are twice the amount of the actual damages awarded the excess above the actual injury is intended to cover any circumstances of aggravation. It will be twice the amount that the fact-finder determines as owed. Sometimes double damages are awarded in addition to the actual damages so as to make it treble damages. However, a tenant is not precluded from collecting double damages by failing to provide a forwarding address where the landlord has actual knowledge of the tenant's business address.[ Smitson v. Zeches, 1993 Ohio App. LEXIS 4036 (Ohio Ct. App., Franklin County Aug. 17, 1993)].