November 3, 2020 | Uncategorized
If you or somebody you care about has sustained an injury caused by the careless or negligent actions of another individual, business, or entity, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. Here, we want to discuss what types of compensation that are typically awarded in personal injury cases, including compensatory damages as well as punitive damages.
Compensatory damages are designed to compensate injury victims for the direct losses they have sustained as a result of their injuries. Generally, compensatory damages can be broken down into economic damages and non-economic damages.
In some injury cases, punitive damages may also be awarded. In general, personal injury cases revolve around proving the negligence of the alleged at-fault party. This negligence can include carelessness or a person acting in a way (or failing to act in a way) that could cause harm to another. However, there are times when the conduct of the alleged negligent party is so egregious that punitive damages may be awarded.
Also called exemplary damages, these damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer and to send a signal to others that the type of behavior displayed in this case is not acceptable. In Texas, punitive damages can generally not reach a value of more than two times the economic damages awarded to a victim plus the amount equal to their award for non-economic damages (up to $750,000). In cases where economic damages are not awarded to a victim, punitive damages cannot be more than $200,000.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver, you may be entitled to various types of compensation. This includes all of the compensatory damages mentioned above as well as any possible punitive damages awarded in the case. Yes, a car accident victim, and other injured parties, could be awarded both compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. There is no law that says these damages cannot both be awarded to the victim.