Examples of compensatory and future damages include:
- Loss of earning power. A plaintiff can recover even if he or she was not working and earned nothing because the recovery is for loss of earning power, not actual earnings.
- Pain and suffering. A plaintiff may recover not only for physical pain, but also for fright, grief, anxiety, shock, humiliation, or terror. The plaintiff may also recover for pain that is reasonably certain to occur in the future.
- Aggravation of plaintiff’s prior condition. If a plaintiff suffers unusual injury because of the defendant’s tortious conduct, the defendant may be held liable for the entire injury.