Inadequate Damages Law and Legal Definition

Damages are considered to be insufficient when it fails to fully and fairly compensate the parties. Inadequate damages bear no reasonable relation to the plaintiff's injuries. Such damages indicate prejudice, mistake, or other fact to support setting aside a jury's verdict. Damages are generally considered as inadequate when they are unreasonably low, and are less than what is required by law. An example of inadequate damages is when the plaintiff sues for a breach of contract and the damages given are less than the amount proved. In a proper case, a new trial will be granted on the ground of inadequate damages.