What Are Punitive Damages in Florida?

When you are injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligent actions, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and fight for compensation. You’ll need to be able to prove negligence against the liable parties in your accident but once proven, your claim can be calculated by examining the damages you’ve suffered.

Hiring an experienced attorney can be the key to maximizing your settlement because a lawyer will know how to assess your damages and monetize them correctly. At Lopez & Humphries, PA, our team has in-depth experience with personal injury litigation. We can negotiate on your behalf and work to increase your compensatory damages. We’ll also try to convince the judge to award punitive damages.

Compensatory Damages vs. Punitive Damages

Compensatory damages include both economic and non-economic damages. These damages are awarded in most personal injury lawsuits and will include the injured victim’s financial losses as well as the ways in which the accident has affected the victim’s lifestyle. 

Economic damages can include medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages from being out of work. Non-economic damages can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and scarring and disfigurement. 

Punitive damages are considered punishment and are only awarded when the defendant is proven to be blatantly negligent or particularly harmful in their behavior. 

How Punitive Damages Are Awarded

Punitive damages can only be awarded by a judge. Often, a judge will award punitive damages as a way to make an example of the defendant. Drunk drivers and assailants charged with sexual abuse are common cases where punitive damages may be awarded.  

Reach Out to a Lakeland Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident, filing a lawsuit to hold the liable parties accountable can help you earn the compensation you need to recover. Although an award of punitive damages is rare, your attorney from Lopez & Humphries, PA will work hard to negotiate on your behalf and get you the maximum settlement. 

If you’re ready to speak with a Lakeland personal injury lawyer, fill out the contact form below or call 863-709-8500 to schedule a free consultation.