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Punitive Damages and Personal Injury Cases

American law commonly recognizes two major types of compensation, or damages, that are available to victims of personal injuries: compensatory and punitive. In general, Rhode Island and the other New England states do not allow for punitive damages.. Compensatory Damages: An Overview In short, compensatory damages seek to provide an equivalent dollar amount to make up for the losses incurred by an injury. These can include the cost of medical bills, loss of income, loss of future earning potential, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship if one’s spouse is injured or killed in an accident. Compensatory damages can be both monetary (a dollar-for-dollar exchange) and non-monetary (a dollar amount assigned to an intangible loss). The Basics of Punitive Damages Punitive damages are awarded not to “make up for” a loss suffered by the victim of an injury, as compensatory damages are, but are imposed by the court on the

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