Compensatory Damages are the amount of money that covers the cost of injury and economic losses. They are intended to try to put the injured party in the same position as they were prior to the injury. It can be divided into Actual Damages and General Damages.
Actual Damages typically includes the following:
General Damages are difficult to put an actual value on:
Punitive damages are also known as exemplary damages. These are not based on the injuries sustained. Rather, it is awarded over special and general damages to punish the losing party for intentional and gross negligent conduct. It is awarded not for the purpose of compensation, but to deter the defendant from repeating the same action.
Although it is not common in medical malpractice, it is known to be awarded in certain cases e.g., when the aggrieved party or the plaintiff is able to prove that he/she was not provided with a proper informed consent.
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