Texas Personal Injury Blog

6 Apr. 2016

When Can Accident Victims and Their Families Pursue Exemplary Damages?

Posted By Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC

When a person is involved in an accident, no matter what the cause may be, they can experience feelings of stress, anxiety, and fear. When a person loses a loved one in a car crash or an individual sustains serious injuries in an accident, the consequences can be emotionally irreparable. Although monetary compensation cannot retract the feelings of sadness a family may face after losing a loved one in a collision, or erase the emotional distresses of a person involved in an accident, the family of a wrongful death accident victim or an accident victim may be able to pursue financial compensation in the form of exemplary damages.

What are Exemplary Damages?

Exemplary damages are often referred to as punitive damages. This type of compensation is awarded in a lawsuit when a defendant’s willful actions are considered grossly reckless, wanton, fraudulent, oppressive, violent, or malicious. Punitive damages are also awarded as a punishment for the defendant’s negative actions.

Most often, families affected by the following (or similar) situations, request these types of damages:

  • A loved one is harmed by a drunk or otherwise impaired driver.
  • A loved one is harmed by a reckless driver.
  • Auto defects, which were concealed by a manufacturer, cause a car accident that leads an individual to suffer serious injuries.

How Can a Person Pursue Punitive Damages?

In most cases, these types of damages can be pursued after a person or family has filed a personal injury claim against the reckless, harmful, or careless individual. If retained, an experienced personal injury lawyer can determine whether a family or person deserves to recover this type of compensation.

Because these major awards are seldom awarded, it is crucial that a family affected by wrongful death seek seasoned legal counsel as soon as possible. An attorney can examine the case and collect the necessary evidence to help prove the defendant was negligent, grossly reckless, or malicious when the individual was killed.

Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC is Here for You!

If you have lost a loved one as the result of an accident, it is important that you seek legal representation right away. At our firm, our Dallas personal injury lawyers are dedicated to standing by the sides of those affected by the negligence or recklessness of other persons. When you entrust our team with your case, we will do everything in our power to recover the money you deserve and need to live a comfortable life once again. Although we know no amount of money can bring back a loved one, we believe that negligent parties deserve to be punished for their poor decisions and actions.

When you need top-tier legal advocacy on your side of the courtroom, contact our Dallas personal injury attorneys at Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC. We can get your case resolved in a timely manner.

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