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Understanding Punitive Damages

Understanding Punitive Damages

In some personal injury cases, an individual or entity may cause someone to suffer such horrific damages that the court finds it necessary to levy a financial penalty for that conduct in addition to the compensation awarded to the victim for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. This financial penalty is known as punitive damages. These penalties are used by the courts to punish the perpetrator of a personal injury accident and discourage others from participating in this dangerous behavior.

If you’ve sustained an injury in an accident caused by another person’s reckless or grossly negligent behavior, we may be able to help you pursue financial compensation for your pain and suffering. To learn more about your legal options, contact an experienced Denver accident attorney from Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., today by calling (303) 423-1770.

Important Facts about Punitive Damages

When a person files a personal injury, he or she may receive punitive damages in addition compensatory damages if that claim is successful. Punitive damages work in the following ways:

  • Not all cases have punitive damages
  • Punitive damages are up to the court’s discretion
  • In Colorado, the amount of these damages may not exceed the amount of compensation won
  • Punitive damages are usually taxed

As the courts use punitive damages as a means to punish defendants who have committed atrocious acts of recklessness or negligence, a claimant may not be able to plan for or expect these damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

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If you’re considering filing a personal injury lawsuit against the individual or group responsible for your injuries, we can answer any questions or concerns you have regarding your case. For a free consultation about preparing for legal action, contact a Denver injury lawyer from Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., at (303) 423-1770 today.


At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we are honored to help accident victims in their time of need, and take our responsibility as personal injury lawyers incredibly seriously. We know how important it is for victims to secure the full and fair compensation they need following a serious accident, and that is why we take a hands-on, personalized approach to every case we handle.

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