careless person or party causes you to suffer a personal injury, you have the
right to file a claim for compensation. Depending on the details of your case,
you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and
suffering, mental anguish, loss of future earning potential, and more.
you know that the person responsible for your accident may also be liable for
punitive damages? Punitive damages, as the name implies, are intended to punish
the offender. While punitive damages are ordered infrequently, they are useful
in penalizing negligent parties as well as deterring others from engaging in
the same activity, thus providing the public service.
Chapter 41 of the Texas Civil
Practice and Remedies Code, punitive or exemplary damages are defined as: “Exemplary damages means
any damages awarded as a penalty or by way of punishment but not for
compensatory purposes. Exemplary damages are neither economic nor noneconomic
damages. ‘Exemplary damages’ includes punitive damages.”
When are punitive damages
personal injury cases are settled out of court. However, in certain accident
cases, the court may deem the damages owed to the victim to be insufficient,
given the behavior of the defendant. In such scenarios, the court may order punitive damages if it finds that the defendant was
“morally culpable, or is actuated by evil and reprehensible motives, not only
to punish the defendant but to deter [it], as well as others who might
otherwise be so prompted, from indulging in similar conduct in the future.”
If you are injured in a car, truck, or another type of accident, and believe a negligent person is at fault for your condition, contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Houston. After assessing the facts of your case, your lawyer can help you build a case to recover compensation. Depending on the actions of the defendant, the court may even order punitive damages against them.
Contact a reputable injury
lawyer in Texas
Ryan A. DeHoyos advocates for accident injury victims throughout the Houston area. Whether you suffer injury in a car crash, semi trucking wreck, slip and fall, or other accident, rest assured we are ready to fight for you. For more information on our services, or to schedule a consultation to discuss your case with a skilled injury lawyer, call (832) 745-4878 or contact us online.