Compensatory Damages

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Definition of Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are damages given to the plaintiff to replace what is lost. Compensatory damages differ from punitive damages and do not punish the defendant for their negligent actions. Compensatory damages are only given if the plaintiff can prove they have suffered a loss which can be objectively quantified by a jury or a judge and can commonly include: past and future economic losses, medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.

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