Compensatory Damages Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Compensatory Damages, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Compensatory Damages?

Payment made for damages or injury to a person or property that has actually occurred and nothing more.It has to be legally proved that the damges have occurred.It is different from punitive damges where damages can be awarded as a punishment or to set example to others.