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What is a prayer amount & what does it mean & how does it work ?

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If a attorney files a cival lawsuit and let's say the prayer amount is 50k.How does this work? Is this just a number for damages he is asking for? Would this include attorney fees, pain & suffering, loss of services, etc? Or would he/she be asking for damages on top of a prayer amount?

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A prayer is an amount they are asking for. It can be amended later with a motion.

Ronald Frederick
Ronald Frederick & Assoc. Co., L.P.A.
1370 Ontario St., Suite 1240
Cleveland, OH 44113
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A "prayer" in a civil complaint is simply the amount being sought. Many times the prayer actually has no real basis and is just a starting point. That's why you hear in the news that someone has filed a 5 million dollar lawsuit, etc., but in reality the dollar figure in the prayer is not realistic.

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