What are punitive damages and what purpose do they serve? When are they available in a personal injury case? Mark Wham address the issue of punitive damages in Texas in the video below.
Wham and Rogers, PLLC – The Woodlands and Spring, Tx Board Certified Injury Lawyers (832) 592-1108.
Punitive damages are sometimes awarded to discourage reckless behavior.
For example, any person who makes a reckless decision to drive while intoxicated, or to drive several miles per hour over the speed limit is putting us all in danger.
When one reckless individual or entity is forced to pay punitive damages, then we are all safer because a message has been sent. Punitive damages tell the community at large that certain conduct will not be tolerated.
A large monetary fine or penalty will force others to think about other ways to conduct business without engaging in that kind of behavior.
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