What is the difference between aggravated and punitive damages? It seems aggravated is in response to something that was done to the plaintiff that cause suffering greater than what was simply taken away. Punitive damages is just to teach the guilty party a lesson.

But at the end of the day aren't they practically the same? Where does the money from punitive damages go, not to the plantiff?

For these types of damages, does the plantiff make a claim for them or does the judge decide them by himself?

  • Terminology is not used consistently in all places and not all words have well defined meaning in every place. What jurisdiction (e.g. country or state) are you thinking about? – ohwilleke Jul 25 at 18:19

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