Punitive Damages

Punitive Damages are awarded to punish the wrongdoer, not to compensate the injured party. Awarded where a wrongdoer intended to actually harm, or where wrongdoer was reckless or intentionally indifferent to the rights others.

  • Example : Tim continued to manufacture trampolines for 3 years after he discovered they were defective and dangerous to consumers.  Robbie was using one of these trampolines and injured himself as a result of the defective condition.  Tim may be ordered to pay punitive damages in a products liability action.
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