Punitive Damages in a Georgia Car Wreck Case
“Damages” is a legal term used to describe an amount of money awarded to a plaintiff, or the person bringing a complaint, in a civil case. Damages in a car wreck case can be used to reimburse a plaintiff for medical expenses, lost wages or other expenses incurred as a result of the negligence of the defendant.
In some cases, including car wrecks, a plaintiff may be able to file for punitive damages. Separate from damages that are intended as reimbursement, punitive damages are designed as an additional punishment for the defendant and are aimed at deterring recurrences of his or her behavior.
For example, in the case of a DUI that results in a car wreck, the injured party may sue the drunk driver for punitive damages to serve as a monetary penalty and, hopefully, incentive for the driver not to drive drunk in the future.
It is important to note that punitive damages are not an option in every car wreck case. If you have questions, contact the Zdrillich Law Group to schedule a review of your case.