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Compensatory damages and punitive damages are similar in both offer compensation to a plaintiff but differ in how are they are awarded.
Compensatory damages are awarded in civil law cases to a plaintiff with the intent on returning the plaintiff to a state prior to the injury or event that caused the suit. Compensatory damages can be awarded for:
Hospital bills (both present and future)
Pain and suffering
Loss of reputation / standing in the community
Punitive damages are not awarded as often as compensatory damages. When a judge deems the defendant's act was overly offensive and wishes to make an example out of the defendant to deter other criminals from committing the same act. Punitive damages are added to the compensatory damages.
In addition to compensatory and punitive damages, a judge may order the defendant to pay fees for:
Exhibit construction costs
Other legal costs
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