During the proceeding of a lawsuit, there can be many factors that come to play and these will determine different outcomes for the defendant and the plaintiff. The wrongdoer might have committed certain transgressions against the victim but at the same time, they have certain rights that need to be protected just how the victim has suffered certain losses or injuries at the hands of the wrongdoer and need to compensated for.
In addition to the monetary compensation that’s almost always given to the plaintiff (the victim of the case who needs to be given compensation for their troubles from the defendant), there are some damages that are rewarded to further punish the defendant as well. Punitive Damages are one of these additional awards to the plaintiff and are also known as exemplary rewards because they set an example to society about the kinds of punishments you can get and have to pay for in court.
If the above made you wonder ‘what are punitive damages’ then that’s completely normal, these aren’t usually given unless the defendant’s crimes are of a very extreme nature but in many cases these rewards are still given to the plaintiff just because the triar of fact or the judge or jury governing the trail has the final say in whether or not these should be awarded.
If you are ever held in court for your transgressions in a crime or an accident and face such damages unfairly then you need a good lawyer on your side to argue your case and make sure than you don’t have to pay a dime over what you need to compensate the plaintiff for. Things can get out of hand and quickly become unfair in court but if you know your rights and have a legal advisor, you can be kept safe.