compensatory damages

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A monetary sum—damages—determined by a jury in court, and awarded to a party injured by negligence, that attempts to restore the victim to the state he/she would have been in had the ‘wrong’ not occurred

compensatory damages

In a lawsuit, money awarded to an injured individual to repay that person for the actual costs that have resulted from the injury. The damages should restore the injured party to his or her preinjury status.
See also: damages
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After all, the damages here are not particularly difficult to determine ex post, so that stipulation does not seem superior to expectancy damages on the usual grounds.
From this position it is easy to rail against cases that do not enforce the parties' stipulations, and then to complain also about cases that do not provide expectancy damages, or another remedy, where the parties appear to have planned on the supply of the given remedy.
But as we look at the variety of cases, it is apparent that the presumed remedy of expectancy damages is disrespected by courts at least as much as the contractual provision of stipulated damages.
Eventually, even the most doctrinal voices came to see expectancy damages as the means by which American courts normally choose to encourage reliance on promises.