Punitive Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases

Whenever a person is injured and a lawsuit is filed, the only available remedy is most often monetary damages. This monetary award comes in the form of compensatory damages, the purpose of which is to reimburse, or compensate, the injured person for the costs associated with the injury they sustained.  The most common types of costs that are reimbursed are medical expenses and property damage. However, in certain situations, a different type of damages is also awarded to punish the person who was at fault. These types of damages are called punitive damages.  Punitive damages in catastrophic injury cases are very common. What is the purpose of punitive damages? Punitive damages are awarded for the purpose of punishing the person who was at fault, for conduct that was either intentional or more than just negligent.  Instead of negligence, the defendant is being punished for being excessively reckless. For example, a driver who is traveling 65 mph in a residential area would clearly b


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