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( compensatory damages )
Monetary award by a judge or jury to make an injured party whole (compensatory damages) or to discourage future violations of rights by the party found guilty (punitive damages). Another category of damages (special damages) includes ascertainable out-of-pocket losses experienced by the injured party.

Definition reprinted with permission from Committee on Psychiatry and Law, of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry: Mental Health Professional and the Legal System

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