When a business or person breaks the rules and hurts someone, they are
responsible for the harm. You break it, you buy it. But, how much does
your injury cost? How much does it take to make up for the harm caused?
Compensation in personal injury cases is meant to make the injured person
whole again. The compensation should make up for the damage that was done.
It’s like when your kid hits a baseball through the neighbor’s
window. We teach our kids that not only do they have to own up to their
mistake and apologize, they have to pay for the window to be replaced.
We understand that it will not be replaced with a cheap knock-off window
or half a window - they have to replace the window with the exact quality
as the one they broke.
This same idea goes for compensation. A person or business that breaks
the rules and hurts someone must make that person whole again. Anything
less than full compensation sends the message to the wrongdoer that they
can get away with causing harm. Not only is that against the law, it is
against American values and norms. Any person or business who refuses
to make a person whole when they wrongfully hurt them, or anyone who prevents
someone from getting the full measure of compensation, makes each of us
You break it, you buy it.