Punitive Damages vs. Compensatory Damages
Posted By Todd Miner Law || Mar 29, 2013
When you are successful in winning a personal injury claim, the judge or jury will determine the amount of financial compensation, known as “damages,” that you are to receive. For example, if you have been injured in a car accident, you can be awarded damages for medical bills, car repairs, and lost wages from time off the job, all dependent upon the successful argument of your case.
Todd Miner Law has won thousands of personal injury claims on behalf of his clients. It comes as no surprise that he is the number most people dial when seeking the services of an experienced injury attorney. The amount you receive in damages can depend heavily on the quality of your legal representation. To discuss your claim with an injury attorney, contact Todd Miner Law.
Compensatory damages are intended to make a plaintiff “whole,” restoring you to the health and financial state you enjoyed before the accident. Of course, this is not always possible, but personal injury settlements in civil court are designed to provide financial redress when no other means of reparation exists. Compensatory damages you may be able to receive include:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost income resulting from missed work and/or reduced earning capacity
- Any property repairs required because of the accident
- Disability, physical pain, and emotional anguish
- Loss of a loved one’s companionship and financial support (in a wrongful death claim)
Compensatory damages can help you rebuild your life following a major injury. Todd Miner is committed to helping clients win the full amount they need to restore their lives and move past the trauma.
Punitive damages are not always awarded in a personal injury claim. They are meant to penalize particularly reckless, callous or negligent behavior. They are also known as exemplary damages. They not only serve to punish an egregiously negligent party, but also to discourage similar poor behavior in others by means of example.
Punitive damages are generally awarded when the courts decide that compensatory damages are not adequate to help the plaintiff and punish the defendant. If your injuries were caused by unusually careless actions, Orlando personal injury attorney Todd Miner will fight to help you win both the compensatory and punitive damages you deserve.
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