mitigation of damages

: a doctrine in tort and contract law: a person injured by another is required to mitigate his or her losses resulting from the injury
whether the patient shares any fault and whether the patient has satisfied the requirements of mitigation of damagesD'Aries v. Schell, 644 A.2d 134 (1994)
also : an affirmative defense based on this doctrine

called also avoidable consequences

: a reduction in the amount of damages awarded a party

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“Mitigation of damages.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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