What type of damages are plaintiffs entitled to under common law?

Under common law, plaintiffs are generally entitled to either permanent or temporary injuries.  Drawing a distinction between the two has proven a vexing task for litigants and courts alike and according to the Texas Supreme Court is one of the oldest and most complex issues in Texas law.

After all, injury to real property often appears permanent in the sense that the exact real estate in question—a demolished house or destroyed tree—no longer exists.  However, the law recognizes that such items frequently can be replaced in an adequate manner, rendering the landowner suitably compensated.  To further complicate matters, Texas courts have attempted to categorize various aspects of a legal claim, including a party’s conduct, an event or occurrence, a condition, an injury or harm, and the damages resulting from an injury or harm, as either temporary or permanent.

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