Punitive Damages

Punitive damages or exemplary damages are damages intended to reform or deter the defendant and others from engaging in conduct similar to that which formed the basis of the lawsuit. Although the purpose of punitive damages is not to compensate the plaintiff, the plaintiff will receive all or some portion of the punitive damage award.Punitive damages are often awarded where compensatory damages are deemed an inadequate remedy. The court may impose them to prevent under-compensation of plaintiffs, to allow redress for undetectable torts and taking some strain away from the criminal justice system.
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  • Paradise Lost – Firing an Employee on Vacation

    … the termination appropriately. If you need assistance in this respect, please contact us. NOT LEGAL ADVICE. Information made available on the Kent Employment Law website in any form is for information purposes only. It is not, and should not be taken as, legal advice. You should not rely on, or take or fail to take any action, based upon this information…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 15 readers -
  • Texas Couple Files Birth Injury Lawsuit against Oklahoma Hospital

    …Lawsuit filed against Mercy Hospital in Ardmore, Oklahoma following severe birth injury. After their child was diagnosed with a neurological birth injury resulting in permanent brain damage, a Texas couple has filed a lawsuit seeking monetary damages from the hospital. “Medical Lawsuit” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Weiss Paarz While the birth of a child…

    Jeff Rasansky/ Rasansky Law Firm- 14 readers -
  • Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Car Accident Settlement

    … your settlement breaks down so you provide the IRS with an accurate amount and do not pay more taxes than necessary. What About Punitive Damages? You may have obtained punitive damages in addition to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These damages are not meant to reimburse your or compensate you for any harm…

    Jared Staver/ Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer- 17 readers -
  • Basics of Medical Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia

    … When you go to a doctor or other healthcare professional seeking care, you rightfully expect that the care you receive will make your condition better, not worse. Unfortunately, not all doctors are created equal and some fail to provide the standard of care expected in the medical profession. Medical malpractice is a widespread problem…

    Gabriel Levin/ levininjuryfirm.com- 11 readers -
  • Should I Settle my Burn Injury Claim?

    … for $275,000. o In a famous case, a woman received a $640,000 verdict from McDonald’s when she suffered third-degree burns from scalding hot coffee. Contact The Levin Firm When you experience a burn as a result of the actions of another person or a company, you have the right to recover for your medical bills and pain and suffering. Our lawyers…

    Gabriel Levin/ levininjuryfirm.com- 15 readers -
  • Takeaways from the DePuy Pinnacle Verdict in Texas

    … removed.” The artificial hips at issue were DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup Systems, a metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant – i.e., a metal ball in a metal cup. The jury found that the hip devices were defective and that the company failed to warn doctors and patients about the risks. The plaintiffs claimed that “design flaws caused the devices to fail more…

    Greg Webb/ MichieHamlett- 31 readers -
  • File a Lawsuit for Sexual Assault, Sex Abuse, or Rape

    … And more… Due to the egregious nature of sex crimes, juries in Dallas and across Texas are generally sympathetic toward the victims. Large settlements are often reached out of court or in the early stages of a trial, and in some cases, punitive damages may be levied (which could raise the potential monetary award significantly). Speak…

    Jeff Rasansky/ Rasansky Law Firm- 32 readers -
  • What kinds of accidents often cause burn injuries?

    … A burn is understood to be a type of injury that arises when damage or death is sustained to the cells of the body or skin. 1 Burn injuries are typically categorized based on the severity and depth of injury as a first, second, or third-degree burn. 2 The classification from first to third degree is based on the range of damage evidenced…

    Bruning Legal- 27 readers -
  • Holiday Dismissals: What are the Risks for Employers?

    … took place. The courts have acknowledged this, and will sometimes look at the timing of dismissal when calculating wrongful dismissal damages, something worth noting as the holiday season is upon us. As we enter December, the question is: Will a Christmas firing attract additional damages in court? Summertime Sacking We know for sure…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ kentemploymentlaw.com- 33 readers -
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