In personal injury, auto accident, and medical malpractice law, the term punitive damages refers to a court-imposed penalty designed to punish the defendant for especially egregious conduct. Punitive damages are completely separate from financial compensation a plaintiff may receive for medical bills, missed wages, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages were designed to discourage both the current defendant and any other potential parties from engaging in the damaging conduct in the future. While some states have no cap on punitive damages, other states limit medical malpractice awards to a certain amount.
If you have been hurt by another person’s negligence and the conduct that resulted in your injury was especially egregious, an experience attorney can help determine if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Whether you were the victim of medical malpractice or an auto accident, call the Gaithersburg office of Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law at (301) 840-0404 today. You can also visit us on the Web for more information about our legal services.