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Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

This article analyzes the developing trend of awarding damages for the loss of life's pleasures, i.e., "hedonic damages." Although framed within the context of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the article addresses the underlying tort principles to be considered by all courts when fashioning appropriate remedies. Whether hedonic damages should be awarded in addition to those traditionally granted for pain and suffering and whether courts overstep their authority in this area are considered. This article takes the position that hedonic damages are an illegitimate exercise which result in duplicative recovery for the plaintiff and an attempt to punish the defendant commensurate with the injuries caused.

First Page

37

Last Page

68

Publication Date

11-1-1989

Department

Other

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

Included in

Law Commons

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