Compensatory vs Punitive Damages

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Compensatory and punitive damages are two types of monetary settlements that may be claimed in a personal injury case. While they both aim to address wrongdoing, they are awarded under different circumstances. Keep reading to learn the definitions, purposes, and applications of compensatory vs punitive damages to understand when and if you should pursue these in your personal injury case.  Compensatory Damages: Making the Plaintiff Whole Compensatory damages are intended to reimburse the plaintiff (accuser) for losses incurred due to the defendant's (accused) actions. They are meant to restore the plaintiff to the position they would have been in physically, emotionally, and...

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