Compensatory vs. Punitive Damages: What’s The Difference?

Apr 5, 2023

Punitive Damages vs Compensatory DamagesCompensatory damages and punitive damages are two types of damages that can be awarded in a legal case.

Compensatory damages are intended to compensate the plaintiff for the harm or losses they have suffered as a result of the defendant’s actions. These damages can include reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other tangible and intangible losses. The purpose of compensatory damages is to put the plaintiff back in the position they were in before the harm occurred.

On the other hand, punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for their wrongful actions and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future. Punitive damages are usually only awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious or intentional, and where compensatory damages alone would not be sufficient to deter future wrongdoing. The amount of punitive damages awarded is usually determined based on factors such as the severity of the defendant’s conduct and their financial situation.

Overall, compensatory damages are designed to compensate the plaintiff for their losses, while punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant and deter others from similar behavior.

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