When are Punitive Damages Available

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Many people know punitive damages as the often large dollar amount plaintiffs can be awarded in personal injury lawsuits. These damages are separate and distinct from compensatory damages and may be confused with pain and suffering damages. What many people don't realize is that punitive damages are not always available in a lawsuit. Furthermore, there may be a limit to the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in a particular case due to statutory or other legal restrictions. Commonly, punitive damages are capped in certain medical malpractice lawsuits and may be limited in other personal injury cases. Additionally, punitive damages are almost never available in business disputes. If you're considering filing a lawsuit and want to know whether punitive damages are an option for you, consult with an experienced attorney in your area.

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