Damages—In General §10.17
When a jury finds a church liable in a civil lawsuit, it can award monetary damages to the plaintiff. Monetary damages may be either compensatory or punitive in nature. Compensatory damages are awarded to compensate plaintiffs for the actual injuries or harm they have suffered. They are intended to restore plaintiffs, as much as possible, to their condition before they were injured. Punitive damages are addressed in the next subsection.