Q: Can I be charged for more expensive replacements than what I damaged
Without more information this question is going to be difficult to answer accurately.
The general purpose of civil law is to place people back in the position they would have been in had the tortious act not occurred. Compensatory damages are designed to compensate the person for their loss. With that in mind the recovery should be the cost to replace what was damaged or to restore the damaged item back to its previous condition.
You should consult with an attorney in your area and provide him the full details of the situation for a more complete answer.
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