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Punitive Damages may be available in Car Accident Cases

Punitive damages may be available when a person is injured in a car accident or other accident. When a person is injured in a car wreck of other accident which is the result of the negligence of someone else, the injured person can recover "damages". Damages is a legal term for the harms and losses that the injured person in the car wreck received in the wreck. Usually, these damages are limited to "compensatory damages". Compensatory damages are those damages that are equal to the harms and losses. For example, in a car accident, compensatory damages might include the cost of fixing the automobile, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A settlement or jury verdict should equal the harms and losses suffered by the injured person unless there are problems with liability and/ or disputes over the amount of harm caused by the wreck.

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