Q: I keep reading the words pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages in the context of personal injury law suits. Just what do those damages encompass?

A: Pecuniary damages are those losses which can be translated into an economic loss. Past and future employment losses; past and future medical expenses; and out-of-pocket expenses are some examples. Non-pecuniary damages are those losses which are not easily measured in financial terms. They include pain and suffering to an injured person or they include damages to a family member of an injured party who has suffered a loss of care, guidance and/or companionship.

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