General Damages Law and Legal Definition

General damages are those which are traceable to, and are the probable and necessary result of, the injury complained of, or which are presumed by or implied in law to have resulted therefrom.

General damages result from the act complained of and are implied by law to have thereby accrued to plaintiff. It need not be specially pleaded. [Myers v. Stephens, 233 Cal. App. 2d 104 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 1965)]

Only the damages which are the necessary result of the acts complained of can be recovered under a plea of general damages. [Parker v. Harris Pine Mills, Inc., 206 Ore. 187 (Or. 1955)]