WHAT ARE PUNITIVE DAMAGES?

Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for their actions and to deter others from engaging in similar behavior. In Georgia, punitive damages are only awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious or showed a wanton disregard for the safety of others.To be eligible for punitive damages in a personal injury case in Georgia, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s conduct was intentional, reckless, or grossly negligent. The maximum amount that can be awarded is $250,000, or three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded, whichever is greater.

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