In a liability claim the amount awarded as financial compensation for property damage or bodily injury is called compensatory damages in a civil court. In the United States claimants can be awarded an amount on top of this for what the court considers to be particularly reprehensible or irresponsible actions by the defendant. This amount is called punitive damages, or exemplary damages to draw attention to its deterrent function.
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