What Are Punitive Damages?

Compensatory 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

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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