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What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are a type of damages awarded in a civil lawsuit, intended to punish the defendant for their wrongful conduct and deter them and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
Punitive damages are awarded in addition to compensatory damages, which are intended to compensate the plaintiff for their actual losses (medical bills, lost wages, etc). .Punitive damages are typically awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious, such as intentional misconduct or gross negligence.
It is important to note that punitive damages are not awarded in every case and are generally reserved for the most serious cases of wrongdoing. The availability and amount of punitive damages vary by state and may be limited by state law or court decisions.