My opinion on tort damages is that they would have to be reasonable, non-speculative, and reasonably related to the harm that came of you because of the actions.
You could put in a dollar amount with a brief explanation (don't get too detailed) or you could just say in amounts to be proven at trial with a brief explanation. The sample complaints I provided have good examples in their prayer's for relief.
Lost wages are a potential source of compensatory damages as long as you can establish that they are reasonably related to the violations of your rights and that they aren't speculative. This may require some expert testimony
or expert opinion, but there is potential there.
For a tort, I don't see any way to ask them to purchase you a minivan. The idea of damages is compensation for something you lost, as opposed to giving you something that you need. The basic principal of a tort is that they harmed you in some way and that you need to be compensated for that harm.
Also, you can request damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress. The amount for those is the amount that it would take to compensate you for your pain and suffernig and emotional distress. The value of these would, in the long run, be decided by the judge and/or jury, but as long as you have a good faith reason for what you are claiming, its ok to ask for it. These damages could end up being enough for you to buy a minivan, but that wouldn't be a valid reason to state for the amount of them.
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