In some cases, a construction related accident may result in a court ordering punitive damages meant to punish the person responsible for the accident.
In many construction injury lawsuits, most damages are meant to compensate accident victims for all foreseeable harm resulting from the mistake of the person responsible. These are known as compensatory damages and they include pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. The main purpose of compensation is to make you “whole again”. In other words, the person responsible for your accident is not punished.
Punitive damages on the other hand serve a different purpose. Below is a brief discussion of what these damages entail.
Controversy Of Punitive Damages
Some reformers are trying very hard to ban or at least limit punitive damages. This is because personal injury lawsuits raise the cost of doing business for construction companies. This in turn increases the [Read more...]