Special Damages Law and Legal Definition

Special damages are those which are indirect results of an injury, which do not necessarily result from such an injury. They are out-of-pocket costs directly resulting from a breach of contract, negligence or other wrongful act by the defendant. Special damages can include medical bills, repairs and replacement of property, loss of wages and other damages. A plaintiff must specifically ask for special damages in the initial complaint. Special damages are also called consequential damages.