Punitive Damages

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be eligible to receive various types of damages from the person responsible for your injuries. Damages are a type of financial compensation that one party claims in order to cover the costs of their injuries, pain and suffering, property loss, and other losses. Depending on the circumstances of the case, different types of damages can be awarded. The most common types of damages are called compensatory damages, although punitive, or non-compensatory, damages can also be awarded.

In personal injury cases, victims are usually most interested in compensatory damages, which are commonly awarded to compensate victims in direct response to their injuries and suffering. Punitive damages, however, are not rewarded for compensation reasons. Instead, they are awarded only in special cases, including:

  • When the defendant has engaged in deliberate, malicious, unjustifiable behavior
  • When compensatory damages alone are deemed inadequate
  • With the intent to punish the defendant
  • With the intent to prevent the defendant or others from repeating the action in the future

For instance, a person injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver may seek compensatory damages to cover his or her medical costs, pain, and suffering, but may also seek punitive damages in order to punish the driver for his or her extreme negligence.

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To learn more about the different types of damages and for help with your personal injury case, contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964.

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