When a person is injured by the acts of another, that person has the legal
right to sue and attempt to recover money for his or her injuries. This
is called "compensatory damages."
Compensatory damages are meant to make you whole. That means that these
damages are meant to put you in the same position you would have been
in had the injury never occurred. These damages cover things like medical
bills, lost wages and can compensate for pain and suffering. They are
meant to compensate the victim, rather than punish the other party.
There are also times where a court may impose punitive damages on the adverse
party. These damages are intended to make an example of, or punish, the
liable party in order to deter future similar conduct by that party or others.
Nevada juries are permitted to consider punitive damages in cases where
the defendant’s guilt of “oppression, fraud or malice (express
or implied) can be clearly and convincingly proven by the evidence. While
this “clear and convincing evidence” standard does not reach
that of the “preponderance of the evidence” standard, it does
minimize doubt as to the existence of the necessary elements of the offense.
Some specific examples of cases where punitive damages may come into play are:
- Manufacturer Defect / Product Liability Cases
- Bad-Faith Insurance Coverage Cases
- Discriminatory Housing Cases
- Toxic / Radioactive / Hazardous Material Disposal Cases
- Defamation Cases
- DUI Cases
Consideration of the sum total of these factors enables an experienced
lawyer to make an accurate assessment of the worth of an accident injury claim.
Countless wrongfully injured Nevada citizens have turned to the experienced
attorneys at Oronoz, Ericsson & Gaffney LLC to get the compensation
that they deserve so that they can get their lives back on track.
It Takes a Skilled Attorney To Win Punitive Damages In Injury Cases
Choosing an attorney is the first crucial step in resolving any injury
case. At Oronoz, Ericsson & Gaffney LLC, our expert understanding
of the laws that apply to every type of injury scenario are the foundation
upon which we build a case that results in reaching an appropriate settlement,
or winning the case before a jury.
Our legal team has a thorough record of litigating on behalf of those that
are dealing with injuries that prevent them from living their lives.
Punitive Damages in Nevada
Our personal injury lawyers are standing by to discuss your case in a
free consultation. Call us today at (702) 878-2889.