Punitive damages often make the headlines. Why? Because the cases that hit the news have extraordinarily high awards. For example, a New Jersey jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $750 million in punitive damages. The plaintiffs alleged the company’s talcum powder caused them to develop cancer. If you believe you may be entitled to punitive damages for an injury caused by another party’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney for help.
Few cases receive such sizeable punitive damage awards, but smaller awards are possible under the right circumstances.
Compensatory damages are intended to compensate. Punitive damages are typically more of a punishment based on the defendant’s actions.
Courts and juries might have the opportunity to award punitive damages at the conclusion of a trial. Often, this happens at the same time they hand down a verdict.
Again, it’s important to remember that punitive damages are not awarded in all personal injury cases. Typically, the judge or jury feels that the defendant’s actions were egregious or malicious. In other words, they did more than just injury the plaintiff through negligence.
Personal injury claimants are seeking money to cover injuries someone else caused. It’s usually possible to provide supporting documentation for the following type of damages:
Other compensatory damages include some injuries that are more difficult (but not impossible) to prove:
As noted above, punitive damages are less about compensating for specific damages than punishing wrongdoers.
Courts and juries don’t award punitive damages to every successful plaintiff. However, we can assess your unique circumstances to see what kind of compensation you could receive.
If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you need help from top-rated, hard-working representation. At Shapiro | Delgado, our attorneys put their injury law experience to work for you. And we handle cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.
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