Hedonic Damages

Updated: 29 February 2024

What Does Hedonic Damages Mean?

Hedonic damages refer to the loss of pleasure and enjoyment as the result of an injury and recovery from it. Plaintiffs can seek monetary compensation for hedonic damages through the courts.

Insuranceopedia Explains Hedonic Damages

In an injury suit, the court can determine how much money to award the plaintiff for certain matters, like hospital bills or lost income. These are quantifiable and easy to calculate. Hedonic damages, on the other hand, are difficult to quantify and it is hard to determine what constitutes adequate monetary compensation. For this reason, some courts do not consider them when awarding damages.

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