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damages for pain and suffering

(Section 253 of the German Civil Code (BGB))
Damages for pain and suffering are money damages. They may be claimed - in addition to damages for material loss - for non-pecuniary (immaterial) loss arising from injuries to a person’s body, health, liberty or for violations of a person’s right to sexual self-determination. Damages for pain and suffering function as both compensation for the pain suffered by the wronged party and as a form of atonement for wrongs done to such a person.

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