What are Punitive Damages in Personal Injury Cases? By Steve Charpentier on November 01, 2013

Personal Injury Lawsuits - Punitive DamagesIf you or someone you love is injured due to the negligent action or inaction of another person or party, it's important that you have skilled legal experts on your side. By meeting with personal injury attorneys to discuss your legal options, you will be able to seek damages in court against the responsible party.

There are a number of misunderstandings when it comes to the nature of damages in personal injury lawsuits. Right now our legal team would like to focus on the nature of punitive damages.

About Personal Injury Lawsuits

Some basics to begin. A personal injury lawsuit refers to cases in which a person is injured due to the negligent action or inaction of another person or entity. In these sorts of cases, personal injury lawyers will seek two kinds of damages, compensatory damages and punitive damages.

What are punitive damages?

Punitive damages refer to damages that are intended to punish the other person or party rather than to recover any sort of losses per se. These punitive damages help deter future actions that may result in similar injury.

How do punitive damages differ from compensatory damages?

Compensatory damages, by contrast, are damages sought in order to cover material losses and emotional pain and suffering. This includes things such as medical bills, the cost of physical rehab, lost wages, diminished earning ability, damage to property, and so on.

Examples of Punitive Damages

Say that a trucking company has pushed their employees too hard for shifts that are too long, causing many of their drivers to experience fatigue while on the road. If this fatigue or drowsiness leads to an auto accident, the trucking company is going to be held liable for putting their driver and other motorists in a dangerous position.

When our auto accident attorneys seek punitive damages, we will work to ensure that the trucking company reforms their ways so that a tragic incident like this does not occur in the future. These lawsuits make waves in industries, meaning that they can cause other companies to reconsider how they operate, helping save other lives in the process.

How are punitive damages assessed?

Since there are no material goods to link punitive damages to, the amount that is sought will be assessed using other cases of a similar nature as a guide. Your attorney will discuss these maters with you closely so that the final amount is within reason and commensurate with the gravity of the offense.

How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You

When you partner with our team of personal injury attorneys, they will be sure to go over your case closely and carefully. Using their years of legal experience, they will help see your case through and fight diligently to help you receive just compensation. While your attorneys handle the legal end of things, you will be able to concentrate on healing, recovering, and grieving.

Learn More About Personal Injury Lawsuits

If you would like more information about personal injury lawsuits and how our legal team can help you receive just compensation in your case, be sure to contact our Florida personal injury lawyers today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you negotiate the legal system.

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