Post-Answer Default Judgment Requires Proof of Damages

In this breach of contract claim, the defendant answered the petition with a general denial, but then failed to show up at trial.  During the subsequent “prove-up” hearing, the plaintiff offered as its only evidence the contract between the parties.  Based on this evidence alone, the trial court entered judgment and awarded the plaintiff $55,000 in damages.  On appeal, the Court held that the award of damages was improper because the plaintiff did not offer proof of each element of her claim, including damages.

Correa v. Salas

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