FAQ: What are Special Damages?

Special Damages are one of two forms of compensatory damages in Texas personal injury cases. Special Damages compensate for out-of-pocket losses such as:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Loss of income, but current and future
  • Repair or replacement of property
  • Costs the plaintiff incurred attempting to mitigate their own liability
  • Disability costs
  • Funeral and burial costs in a wrongful death
  • Legal fees and court costs
  • Travel expenses

In Texas, specific losses must be pleaded, and then proved through receipts, paystubs and estimates.