Justice, Compensatory

Compensatory justice concerns making a person whole after a wrong by another person. Key in determining the amount of compensatory justice is determining the value of what was lost. In some situations determining the cost is simple: What were the actual expenses incurred as a result of the wrongdoing? In other situations such as damage to a reputation, pain and suffering, and loss of expected benefits in the case of breach of contract, calculating the amount of damages due is very difficult.

Conditions Required to Establish Duty to Compensate

Traditionally, three conditions are required to find that a person has a moral obligation to compensate an injured party:

  • The action that caused the injury was morally wrong, legally prohibited, or negligently committed. If you are prevented from achieving ...
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