Friday, January 13, 2012
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY BALTIMORE PERSONAL INJURY CASE? Punitive damages, redux.
In another chapter we discussed that skilled personal injury lawyers in Baltimore may sometimes recover 'punitive damages' for their client's injuries [i.e. damages designed to punish the defendant for misconduct, rather than to compensate the injury victim for their injury]. Now, the availability of these damages is quite limited, and are not appropriate in the typical Baltimore car accident case. The amount of damages is determined by looking at the net worth of the defendant. Seasoned personal injury lawyers in Baltimore know that evidence of the defendants financial means is only to be considered after that defendant has been deemed liable, and a separate determination that punitive damages are sustainable on the facts.