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What Are Punitive Damages?

After a serious injury, you may be unsure what your legal claim is worth. You know you need compensation for your injuries, but what damages can be included? What are punitive damages when it comes to your claim?

The lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can answer your questions. If you’re struggling to get compensated for your injuries, reach out to a lawyer who can determine what your compensation is worth before your claim goes to court.

Compensatory vs. Punitive Damages

When you’re hurt in a serious accident, you may be entitled to some compensatory damages, or damages that should compensate you for the financial and emotional losses you’ve suffered. These damages are generally available if you were hurt by someone’s carelessness.

Punitive damages are different because they’re not available to every injury victim. These damages cover your losses in cases of extreme or wanton disregard for the safety of others. For example, if an at-fault driver caused a car accident because they were speeding and intoxicated, you may be due punitive damages for your injuries.

How to Seek Punitive Damages for Your Claim

Punitive damages can be difficult to seek because they aren’t commonly awarded. You may have been seriously injured, but you’ll also have to prove you’re due these losses. Your punitive damages may help you recover from your injuries, but ultimately, the burden of proof for punitive damages is yours.

That’s why it’s so important to have a personal Injury lawyer in Tampa on your side. Your personal injury lawyer can represent you in court and share evidence that you’re due punitive damages. Their experience and knowledge can help you get the punitive damages you’re due.

Talk to a Tampa Injury Lawyer About Punitive Damages

When you’re hurt by someone’s actions, you need compensation that meets all your needs, not just what they’re willing to pay.

Luckily, your lawyer at Anderson & Anderson can help you recover all the damages you deserve, from your compensatory to your punitive damages. We can even open with a free consultation so you know what to expect. Call 813-251-0072 or complete the online contact form below to learn more.