Many times we will see headlines in the news media about a verdict in a personal injury case reaching many millions of dollars. In some cases those verdicts come about simply because the injuries caused cost the victims that much money to be repaired. In other cases there is an award of punitive damages which brought about the large verdict. If you have questions about whether punitive damages will factor into your personal injury case, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer for a consultation.
The legal doctrine of punitive damages has developed over the years through many cases that have led to a system in which a certain class of people who cause harm have to pay more than others. The extra payment comes because of policy decisions handed down through time to try to prevent the most damaging behaviors in society.
Punitive Damages in General