The Sanders Firm, P.C.: Punitive Damages Remedy

The Sanders Firm, P.C., which represents those living in the New York City area, provides its clients with topnotch service in cases where compensatory and punitive damages are involved. Punitive damages, unlike compensatory damages, are those that go beyond the actual monetary damage a plaintiff has experienced. Compensatory damages are related to the monetary loss a plaintiff has suffered, while punitive damages are awards that go beyond that amount. Punitive damages as a remedy are designed to punish a defendant for what they have done.

Opposition to Punitive Damages

Although punitive damages are seen as a way to protect the interests of society as a whole while also compensating the individual who has suffered harm, there has been a move in the United States to curb such damages. Opponents claim that punitive damages when unchecked can be bad for businesses and for the economy and drive up the costs of doing business. Business and insurance sectors have come out against the awarding of unrestricted punitive damages.

Punitive damages are awarded when defendants have been grossly negligent or for outrageous conduct. They are designed to deter such behavior in others. How much a plaintiff wins in punitive damages depends on various factors such as in what manner the defendant acted, how purposeful was their action and in what manner did their action alter or change the life of the person affected.

Who Decides?

Generally, juries award punitive damages or the judge determines what amount is appropriate depending upon the particular statute. It is also the judge or the jury, the trier of the fact, who, unless there is a statute requiring such payment, decides if any punitive damages will be paid.

States vary regarding the manner in which they decide punitive damages. Some states do not allow the awarding of this type of legal remedy. In other states the plaintiff must first receive compensatory damages before they may receive punitive damages and in some states certain kinds of cases result in a nominal award.

Call Us Today

If you have a civil lawsuit that calls for legal remedies such as compensatory and possibly punitive damages, contact The Sanders Firm, P.C. in New York City. We work closely with our clients, making sure they receive personalized service, the best representation possible, and ongoing support in their quest for justice in the court system. For cases involving gross negligence, purposeful misconduct, and/or outrageous conduct, punitive damages are often in order depending upon the nature, effect, and scope of damage done to the plaintiff.

For more information on punitive damages and civil lawsuits or if you feel you have grounds for a lawsuit, contact The Sanders Firm, P.C. We are passionate about protecting your rights and getting you a fair hearing. We will assess your claim, discuss your options, and work closely with you to aid you in realizing the outcome you desire. Call The Sanders Firm, P.C. today regarding legal remedies including punitive damages for the wrong you have suffered. The Sanders Firm, P.C. is your voice for justice in the New York area.