What Are the Available Damages for False Imprisonment In Florida ?
In S.H. Kress & Co. v. Powell, 132 Fla. 471, 180 So. 757 (Fla. 1938), the Court set out the available damages recoverable for false imprisonment:
In an action for false imprisonment, which may be brought regardless of whether there was, or was not, malice, the elements of recoverable compensatory damages may include bodily injuries or physical suffering, which are the proximate result of the unlawful imprisonment, or illness caused thereby; physical inconveniences and discomfort suffered by reason of the condition of the place of confinement; loss of time, and losses sustained in the business or employment of the plaintiff; expenses incurred as a result of the unlawful imprisonment; mental suffering endured because thereof, such as embarrassment, humiliation, deprivation of liberty, disgrace and injury to the feelings of the person unlawfully imprisoned, as well as injury to his reputation, resulting therefrom. 25 C.J. 556-560. Id. at 763; see Normius v. Eckerd Corp., 813 So. 2d 985, 987 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002).