In the wake of an accident, you may be thinking about the compensatory damages you should seek for your injuries. You’re hurt, and an injury can get expensive. If you need long-term treatment, the costs could get overwhelming, fast.
However, what about other damages? In some cases, you might feel that the actions of the responsible party were quite bad, leaving you in a terrible position and with no help. If you’re dealing with a very serious case, include punitive damages in your Wisconsin personal injury claim.
Punitive damages may not be easy to get, but it can still give you the peace of mind and the feeling that justice was served that you need during this difficult time.
What Are Punitive Damages?
Your compensatory damages should cover the losses you’ve suffered from the other person’s carelessness. This might include both the physical expenses, like lost wages and medical bills, or it could include the intangible losses like emotional trauma. Punitive damages don’t cover your losses.
Punitive damages are unique, in that they’re meant to just punish the other person. This serves two purposes: to punish them for the wrongdoings they’ve committed, and to prevent other people from being so careless that they cause such harm to another person.
Rules and Limits for Punitive Damages
Punitive damages are not awarded in every case, however. These damages are often just awarded in cases where you’ve proven that they’ve committed “gross negligence,” in that they were so reckless with your safety that they should be punished.
However, if you do receive punitive damages, they will be limited. You cannot receive more than $200,000 or double your compensatory damages. This depends on which you reach first. Lucky for you, getting your punitive damages can help you recover with the knowledge that the person who was so negligent has been punished for their actions.
Getting Your Compensation
When you’re injured, you might want to seek more than the compensation you’re owed to make up for the damages you’ve suffered. In some cases, you might have suffered because someone was very careless or had malicious intent.
If you’ve been injured by another person and they went above and beyond to cause your injuries, you deserve punitive damages. Wisconsin residents should pursue the full amount of damages they deserve, and while punitive damages are rarer, these damages can make it easier to recover after your injury. If you’re considering punitive damages, contact a lawyer to help you fight for the compensation you need.