Compensatory damages in Tennessee are just as the name implies; they are damages designed to compensate the victim for his or her losses caused by another person or company. Compensatory damages can include pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning potential, incurred medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of consortium, funeral expenses, etc. In contrast, punitive damages are designed to punish the offender instead of compensating the victim. Generally the higher your medical bills the higher your Damages are.
For compensatory damages, the burden of proof is a preponderance of the evidence or more likely than not. To win, you must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant was negligent and the negligent conduct caused your injuries. To illustrate this burden of proof, stick your arms out like your arms are the wing of the plane. Now imagine tilting one arm to turn that tilt in terms of preponderance of the evidence is who is more or less at fault.