Definition - What does Additur mean?

An additur is when a judge can increase the value of damages awarded to the plaintiff in civil suit.

Additurs are commonly used when the damages awarded by the jury are extremely low and considered to be inadequate by the judge.

Additurs are only allowed in some state courts, but federal courts do not allow them.

Justipedia explains Additur

Additurs are sometimes needed because juries occasionally only approve damages that are extremely disproportionate to the situation.

For example, a man may be suing for $500K in a personal injury suit, and the jury may only award $5K in damages after a successful suit. In such a situation, the judge may boost this number to $100K through an additur.

Additurs are designed to present an appeal by the plaintiff and a retrial. Defendants must approve of the additur amount.

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