What are "compensatory damages?"

If somebody has suffered an injury because of someone else's carelessness, that person can bring a claim in court for "damages." There are different categories of damages in Oregon. One category of damages is known as "compensatory damages." Compensatory damages are those damages that a person suffers as a result of another person's wrongdoing. The goal of compensatory damages is to restore the loss the plaintiff suffered as a result of the defendant's wrongful conduct.

Medical bills are one form of compensatory damages. Lost wages are also a form of compensatory damages. Essentially, these damages are available to replace a loss, and fix what can be fixed.

Some forms of compensatory damage are available to make up for what cannot be fixed. For example, somebody suffers a permanent impairment as a result of an injury caused by another's carelessness, the damages requested for that loss are also a form of compensatory damages. However, a jury will be asked to consider different factors in awarding these kinds of damages.

If you have a claim resulting from an injury, and are not sure what damages you can recover, contact us at 503-325-8600. We can explain the different types of recovery available to you, and help you decide whether you need an attorney in the first place.