The word damage is non-count and its plural turns into a different definition (court-awarded money). Am I incorrect in thinking that damages can also be used to indicate various types/kinds of damage? As in food and world foods, wine and world wines; I have seen such use of damages, albeit rare.
I have seen "natural disaster damages", "natural resource damages" on the EPA site. This seems natural to me. But a friend of mine is obstinately insisting that "damages" means exclusively legal compensation.