What Are Punitive Damages?
There are two primary types of damages in civil litigation, compensatory
and punitive. Compensatory damages include repayment for emergency medical
treatment, your stay in the hospital, rehabilitative care, lost wages
in the present and future, and pain and suffering. A successful personal
injury case will result in an award of compensatory damages, which are
intended to make the victim whole and assist with a restoration to the
pre-accident state. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant
and to act as a deterrent to prevent others from acting similarly.
Punitive damages are more common in situations where there is evidence
that the defendant acted with malice and intent to do harm, as compared
with accidents which occur due to simple negligence. Common examples of
offenses which state law recognizes as being eligible for an award of
punitive damages include:
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A lawyer from the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC can consult with you to determine
whether you have grounds to include punitive damages in your claim. Lawyers
with the firm have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements
and verdicts for clients over the past three decades, and they know how
to get results. Your attorney will use all the available evidence to help
you seek the highest possible award, so that you receive the amount you
deserve and are able to move on in life.
Contact a West Virginia personal injury lawyer who will work tirelessly to maximize the amount you receive in punitive damages.