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British Law >> Citizen Area >> Damages, Compensation

Damages, Compensation, Restitution

If you have suffered loss or damage, either material or immaterial loss or damage (e.g. reputation), then you may be able to request damages or restitution. 'Damages' is a sum of money awarded by the court to a claimant. 'Aggravated damages' is an additional compensation that the court may award for the defendant's objectionable behaviour. 'Exemplary damages' can be awarded to show the court's disapproval of a defendant's behaviour. Restitution refers to 'returning' something unjustly removed or taken, or otherwise compensating by, for example, paying damages. Damages may be paid in addition to restitution (e.g. further compensation for reasons other than material loss, such as anguish, distress, etc.).

If you have suffered loss through a criminal act, you may want to consider seeking criminal compensation - see the CRIME area.

If you have suffered loss through an accident or medical neglect, there are useful links in the Accident & Injury area.

If you wish to consider seeking damages via the courts, then you should find a suitable solicitor.
Find A Solicitor is the Law Society facility where you find a local solicitor and can specify the area of law you want to address. Members of specialist panels are noted.

Citizen Advice Bureau provide a wide range of advice on all legal matters, including how to seek compensation or damages.