What is the Difference Between Compensatory and Punitive Damages?

North Carolina medical malpractice and personal injury trial lawyer Brent Adams describes the two general types of damages awarded in North Carolina: Compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are the amount necessary to compensate for harms and losses of the injury victim. Punitive damages cover other losses, serve as an additional punishment on the negligent party, and our placed by courts in efforts to deter others from committing the same act of carelessness. Brent Adams explains more in the video above.