When parties enter into a contract, they expect that both parties will perform their obligations under the terms of the agreement. However, breach of contract does happen and can have serious consequences. In the event of a breach of contract, the non-breaching party may have a cause of action to recover damages from the other party.

A cause of action in breach of contract arises when one party fails to perform its obligations under a contract without a valid excuse. There are four elements to a cause of action in breach of contract:

1. The existence of a valid contract: The first element of a cause of action in breach of contract is the existence of a valid contract. A valid contract must have a mutual agreement between the parties, consideration, capacity to contract, a legal purpose, and definite terms.

2. Breach of contract: The second element of a cause of action in breach of contract is that one party must have breached the contract. Breach can be a failure to perform obligations, a partial performance, or a delay in performance.

3. Damages: The third element of a cause of action in breach of contract is that the breach must have caused damages to the non-breaching party. Damages can be economic, such as lost profits, or non-economic, such as emotional distress.

4. Causation: The fourth element of a cause of action in breach of contract is that the breach must have caused the damages suffered by the non-breaching party. The damages must be directly related to the breach of contract.

If all four elements are present, the non-breaching party may have a cause of action in breach of contract. The non-breaching party can seek damages to make up for the losses they incurred as a result of the breach.

In summary, a cause of action in breach of contract can arise when one party fails to perform their obligations under the contract. The non-breaching party must demonstrate the existence of a valid contract, breach of contract, damages, and causation to have a successful claim. In case of questions, it is advisable to seek the advice of an attorney.