Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) car accident lawyers Rick Shapiro and Ed Booth talk about the difference between compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages, as the name implies, are compensate a person for their harms and losses. These damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
In contrast, punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer. The assessment of punitive damages is meant to send a signal to the community that the actions of the at-fault party are unacceptable.
Ed Booth, an experienced Chesapeak car accident attorney, obtained a 3,500,000 million dollar jury verdict in a car wreck case where 1,000,000 dollars was awarded for punitive damages. Learn more about this multi-million dollar verdict here: http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/case_results/newport-news-jury-awards-3-5-million-to-middle-school-teacher-seriously-injured-by-drunk-driver.cfm