What Are Punitive Damages in California?
After an injury, your personal injury case may generate several damages to be awarded to you as compensation. These are often meant to cover any health issues you suffered after a serious injury and are paid for by the defendant.
But your case may be more serious than that. For instance, if the defendant had an obligation to you and not only failed in that but also caused extreme and perhaps purposeful harm to you, you may be entitled to punitive damages.
Punitive Damage Laws
In California, people are expected to meet the standards of care that prevent harm through negligence. During the incident your case is about, however, you may have been subjected to further harm than would normally be expected from the situation. If you were menaced or intentionally injured, for example, you may be able to call for punitive damages.
Punitive damages are not meant to compensate you, but are instead meant to punish the defendant. The intent is to deter further malicious actions, reducing the chances of similar future cases.
These damages can also be awarded to you if the defendant was especially malicious. While few cases award punitive damages, the defendant’s actions may sometimes warrant them. A qualified personal injury lawyer can help you make your case for punitive damages.
What You Can Expect
During your case, you can expect any request for punitive damages to require plenty of evidence. When claiming that someone has acted egregiously enough to warrant punitive damages, you may be asked to provide enough evidence to make your claim as clear as possible. Proving malice can be difficult, but it is also necessary to prove fault beyond simple negligence.
Once you have provided as much evidence as possible, the court will then decide how much you will be awarded. While stories of multimillion-dollar settlements from large corporations are common, it is somewhat rare for an individual to receive these sorts of settlements. Still, punitive damages can make your claim many times more valuable than the simple monetary value of your injuries and expenses.
With the right firm backing you, you can get the evidence you need to help your case and maximize your compensation.
Speak to Our Firm Today
Punitive damages are relatively uncommon, but they’re not completely out of reach. Individuals or corporations that have acted out of malice or egregious negligence may be forced to provide punitive damages to you. The first step to getting punitive damages is to gather as much proof as possible and request these damages in your personal injury case.
If you are interested in asking for further damages but don’t know where to start, start with Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP. Contacting us is simple: Fill out the contact form below or give us a call at 1-844-404-2400.