punitive damages

  

Definition

Court awarded sum that is considerably or greatly higher than the measurable value of the injury. Punitive damages are meant not to compensate the aggrieved party but to punish the offending party for its reckless or unconscionable actions or conduct.

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  • Because of the negligent manner in which some manufacturers produce goods without proper safety testing, some juries find that injured consumers should be awarded punitive damages to punish the company for its actions.

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  • I was the victim of an auto accident and I suffered immensely as I was awarded punitive damages for my loss.

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  • When the woman went to her lawyer to discuss the car accident she was in, he suggested that the lawsuit included punitive damages since the other driver was driving with known brake problems.

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