What Are General Damages in Nevada?

General damages have been described as the “present value of the thing promised,” or the “value of the very performance contracted for.”[1]  Nevada has formulated a very broad definition of general damages, including damages which ordinarily flow from a breach.  In Bradley,[2] the Court held that even a small loss of profit is considered a general damage where the loss is a “direct and natural result which the law will presume to follow from the breach of contract.”[3]  The Supreme Court of Nevada also held in Eaton v. J.H. Inc.[4] that lost profits are generally an appropriate measure of damages where a party is prevented from performing according to the full terms of the contract.[5]

[1] Id.

[2] Bradley, 179 P. at 909

[3] Id.

[4] Eaton v. J.H. Inc., 94 Nev. 446, 581 P.2d 14 (1978).

[5] Id. at 450.



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