What Are Punitive Damages?

After a serious injury, you and your family may have suffered a lot because someone else was careless. But sometimes, that carelessness goes beyond the typical lack of concern. You may have been severely injured because someone was being especially careless. 

But what damages are you due for their negligence? At Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright, we’re dedicated to getting you the max compensation for your claim, so reach out for help if you’re struggling to determine what damages you’re due for your injuries. 

Punitive Damages Defined 

When you’re hurt in an accident, your damages are typically the costs, trauma, and suffering you experienced because of the accident. These damages are usually economic and non-economic, covering the financial and non-financial aspects of your injury. These damages are compensatory, meaning they’re supposed to compensate you for your injuries. 

But the at-fault party may have been more than negligent. They may have been grossly negligent, or they may have intended to harm you. In these cases, you may have grounds for punitive damages. 

Punitive damages aren’t offered to compensate you. They’re supposed to deter future acts like the one you suffered, and they’re supposed to punish the at-fault party for what they did. You may have to request these damages specifically, so talk to your lawyer about seeking punitive damages before your day in court. 

Getting Punitive Damages Can Be Tough 

When you’re hurt by someone who may have been especially careless, you may have grounds for punitive damages. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be easy to get. 

For example, Nevada has a cap on the punitive damages you can receive. Your damages are capped at three times your compensatory damages or $300,000. That limits what you’re eligible for.

Luckily, your lawyer is there to help you. If your case deserves the award of punitive damages, reach out for help proving you’re due the full amount you’re seeking. 

Get Punitive Damages with an Accident Lawyer 

When you’re hurt in a serious accident, you may be due more than your compensatory damages are worth. But getting punitive damages can be tough. Because of this, you may need help from a lawyer at Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright. Your lawyer can help you determine what you’re due in punitive damages, and they can represent you in the courtroom while you’re seeking them. 

Your lawyer can also help you tackle your claim when you accept a free consultation. Take advantage of yours by calling 702-384-7111 or by completing the online contact form below.