General Benefits (Eminent Domain) Law and Legal Definition

General benefits are those benefits from the improvement which are enjoyed, not only by the property of the condemnee concerned in the litigation, but also by other property. General benefits are not to be deducted from compensation or damages in eminent domain.

General benefits are common to the public at large where as special benefits are such benefits as are special or peculiar to a particular piece of property, and which beneficially affect its fair, cash, market value. [McCoy v. Union E. R. Co., 247 U.S. 354, 359-360 (U.S. 1918)]