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What are punitive damages?

Are you aware that punitive damages are not awarded in every lawsuit that comes before the court? Punitive damages are awarded in a limited amount of cases - and only for specific types of bad conduct.

Punitive damages, or monetary compensation, can be awarded as a result of a death caused by the negligence of another person. They are awarded to a plaintiff in a case for the losses suffered due to the harm caused by the defendant. They serve two purposes:

1. To discourage the bad guys and/or companies from doing bad things

2. To make an example of the defendant to discourage other would-be wrongdoers

If you have been injured and think punitive damages might be justified, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and make sure you receive fair and just compensation for your injuries.

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