Recovering punitive damages
Written by our personal injury lawyers in Virginia Beach
When you consult with a car accident lawyer, it is important that you explore whether your case could support the recovery of punitive damages. Punitive damages are those which are awarded solely to punish the defendant and are not related to damages awarded for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, or inconvenience.
For more than a decade our personal injury lawyers in Virginia Beach have helped individuals recover punitive damages throughout Hampton Roads, including Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth.
For your car accident lawyer to recover punitive damages, it must be proven that the defendant engaged in willful and wanton conduct which clearly disregarded your rights.
It is important to understand that to recover punitive damages, the defendant’s actions must be shocking. For example, punitive damages can be awarded in cases where the defendant driver was drunk.
However, your car accident lawyer must plead “specific egregious and extraordinary facts” in order to recover punitive damages. It is very difficult to recover punitive damages in a car accident case but that possibility must be discussed.
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