This section is from the book "Popular Law Library Vol4 Torts, Damages, Domestic Relations", by Albert H. Putney. Also available from Amazon: Popular Law-Dictionary.
In the case of the loss or destruction of personal property the measure of damages is the reasonable value of the property at the time of its destruction.24 The general measure of damages for injury to property, either personal,25 or real,26 is the difference between the value of the property before and after the damage was inflicted.
24 Parrott vs. Housatonic R. Co.,
47 Conn., 575; Bronson vs.
Green, 2 Div., 234.
25 Young vs. Cureton, 87 Ala., 727,
6 So. 352.
26 Cadle vs. Muscatine Western, etc.,
R. Co., 44 Iowa, 11.