It only takes a moment for an accident to occur, but the consequences of that moment can last a lifetime. Many results are entirely preventable, whether due to a car crash, a truck accident, or a slip and fall.
Drivers, business owners, and property owners in Nevada all have a responsibility to protect the safety of others. When someone intentionally, maliciously, or recklessly ignores their responsibility to keep others safe and injures another person, the victim has the right to hold the wrongdoer accountable by seeking additional compensation in the form of punitive damages that go beyond money to cover their losses.
Suppose you believe you have suffered harm due to another party’s willful or malicious actions in Nevada. In that case, it is best to consult an experienced lawyer about the possibility of pursuing punitive damages.
At Sam & Ash Injury Law, we serve clients in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. So you’ll be at ease when you come to us for help. Our personable, down-to-earth team operates on a first-name basis. We are here to help you with your personal injury punitive damages case because we believe you deserve What’s Right.
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What Are Punitive Damages?
Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are awarded in personal injury cases in rare circumstances. Rather than compensating victims for specific losses, punitive damages are meant to punish wrongdoers and discourage similar behavior in the future. For example, the courts sometimes order punitive damages when there is proof of malicious or willful misconduct, gross negligence, or fraud.
In such cases, the court could determine that payment of a standard compensation award is inadequate and order an additional punitive damages award to punish the wrongdoer. The value of punitive damages awarded can vary depending on the specifics of each case.
Punitive damage awards primarily aim to punish the responsible party for extremely negligent, reckless, or malicious behavior, thereby setting an example that discourages others from repeating similar conduct.
How Are Punitive Damages Calculated?
Every personal injury case is different, and numerous factors could affect the value of the punitive damages you could be awarded, such as:
- The level of harm caused by the responsible party. For example, were your injuries catastrophic? Will you be able to return to your everyday life after recovery? Were there any fatalities?
- The amount of property damage resulting from the incident.
- The level of income and or wealth of the responsible party. For example, if the responsible party is a business owner, they might have to pay punitive damages proportional to their assets, whereas someone with few assets might not be required to pay such a high sum.