What are "punitive damages"?
Punitive damages are damages that are awarded for the purpose of punishment or with the intent of deterring the behavior that brought about the injuries or damages. In real world terms, this type of damages is awarded when the accident that caused the Plaintiff's injuries was reckless conduct more extreme than an ordinary accident.
A good example of a case where punitive damages are often awarded is a case where a drunk driver caused a car accident. Because driving drunk is such an extreme violation of the law, a Plaintiff that is injured in an automobile accident that is caused by a drunk driver is entitled to punitive damages in addition to the damages he would be entitled to in a typical car wreck.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and need advice from an experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney, contact the Shelly Leeke Law Firm today at 843-277-6061!