Non-pecuniary damages

Non-pecuniary damages are damages for “pain and suffering”, sometimes also described as “loss of enjoyment of life”. These damages are supposed to compensate the claimant for having to experience symptoms caused by the accident, having a loss of expectation of life, etc.
 
Non-pecuniary damages, sometimes described as “general damages”, are referred to as “non-pecuniary” because they involve an imprecise assessment of how much money is appropriate to compensate for loss of enjoyment of life, and are therefore unlike “pecuniary” damages which can be more accurately calculated:
 
The sheer fact is that there is no objective yardstick for translating non-pecuniary losses, such as pain and suffering and loss of amenities, into monetary terms. 
(Andrews v. Grand & Toy Alberta Ltd., [1978] 2 S.C.R. 229 at 261).
 
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