What Are Punitive Damages in Utah?
When you’ve been hurt in an accident, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the fallout. You’re often left with enormous medical and financial responsibilities, in addition to serious physical pain. Fortunately, filing a successful personal injury claim can help ease some of those burdens.
What happens when you’re seeking justice for an egregious act? In these cases, you may deserve punitive damages. But what are punitive damages in Utah, and how difficult are they to receive?
Our team at Craig Swapp & Associates understands that this time in your life may be confusing. To help you better understand what’s to come, we’ve provided some helpful information below.
Understanding Punitive Damages
When most people think of personal injury claims, they think of compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These are all benefits awarded to help the victim maintain the same quality of life he or she had before the accident.
However, in some cases, the victim may also seek additional compensation that isn’t reflective of anything he or she necessarily lost. Rather, this compensation is meant to serve as a punishment to the liable party.
Utah has very strict rules regarding who can seek punitive damages. This is because the state has a rule that, in order to seek punitive damages, the victim and his or her attorney must be able to prove that the offending party’s actions were egregious, malicious, or intentional.
Proving this can be difficult, but with help from one of our attorneys, it is possible. We’ll collect the necessary evidence and build a viable claim to prove why you deserve maximum compensation for your injuries and why the person who hurt you should be punished.
Speak with a Salt Lake City Personal Injury Attorney
Our lawyers are often asked about punitive damages. Luckily, we’re able to offer insight to help victims just like you find justice after they’ve been hurt.
If you’re ready to take legal action, our team at Craig Swapp & Associates is here to help. Give our office a call today at 1-800-404-9000 to schedule a free consultation, or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of the page.