Las Vegas Punitive Damages Lawyer

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When an injury victim or their family files a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party that caused them harm, the purpose is to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and to recover much-needed compensation to help the victim cover expenses associated with their injuries.

In some instances, it may also be possible to recover additional compensation that is solely intended to punish the responsible party and to discourage them, or anyone else, from acting in a similar manner in the future. This type of compensation is called punitive damages, and it is only awarded in specific situations.

The Las Vegas punitive damages lawyers at Henness & Haight are highly experienced in handling cases that may warrant the award of this type of damages. These cases are often particularly complicated and involve gross negligence, which is why they require the experience of a skilled Las Vegas personal injury attorney.

Contact our accomplished team today to learn more. Call 844.613.6275.

What Types of Damages Can Be Recovered?

At the conclusion of a successful personal injury trial, the jury and courts will compensate the victim, or plaintiff, with monetary damages that are meant to help make them whole again. These damages typically reimburse the plaintiff for economic and noneconomic damages such as physical injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, lost ability to earn future wages, and pain and suffering.

In cases involving extreme gross negligence or intentional misconduct, a judge and jury may also choose to award punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages. Although a plaintiff will benefit from this compensation, these damages are not meant to reward the plaintiff, but are instead intended to punish the at-fault party, or defendant, so as to send a message to society in order to prevent similar actions in the future.

These types of damages are most often available in product liability cases and are awarded in a separate phase at the conclusion of a trial. The evidentiary burden of proof is high in those types of cases.

Our Las Vegas punitive damages lawyers are experienced in determining if and when these types of damages should be sought in a case. We have the resources and skills to build a strong case against defendants who deserve such punishment for their actions.

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Las Vegas Punitive Damages

In Nevada, punitive damages may be awarded if the plaintiff is able to prove that at least one of the following types of behavior played a role in causing the victim’s injuries:

  • A willful and deliberate failure to avoid probable harmful consequences
  • A conscious disregard for the health and safety of the victim
  • Conduct that is intended to harm the victim
  • Fraudulent actions, such as the use of deceit, intentional concealment or misrepresentation
  • Reckless or indifference to actions that could cause harm the rights of the victim
  • Subjecting the victim to cruel and unjust conditions

In the majority of personal injury cases, however, judges are hesitant to allow a claim for punitive damages. This is because it is difficult to prove that a defendant’s actions were intentional or malicious. These types of damages are reserved for extreme cases of gross negligence or intentional acts of harm. That is why you need lawyers with skill and experience.

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Limits to Las Vegas Punitive Damages

Like most states, Nevada places a cap on the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded. Under Nevada law, these types of damages cannot exceed the greater of one of the following:

  • $300,000 for compensatory damages of $100,000 or less
  • Three times the compensatory damages in cases awarded $100,000 or more

There are, however, situations in which there is no limit to the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded. This includes cases with defendants who engaged in horrendous acts and are:

  • A person or who caused injury by operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs.
  • A manufacturer, distributor or retailer of a defective product
  • An insurer who acted in bad faith and did not fulfill its obligation to provide adequate coverage

Additionally, injuries caused by the emission or disposal of hazardous waste, materials or by defamation will not have a limit to the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded.

The most common situation in which punitive damages are awarded are in product liability cases in which a manufacturer knew or should have known that it produced a defective product that had the potential to cause harm to consumers.

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If you or someone you love has been injured or died in an accident that matches the requirements above, you may be entitled to compensation and you may be able to also recover punitive damages through a personal injury lawsuit.

Only our experienced Las Vegas punitive damages lawyers can help you prove that another’s conscious disregard caused your injuries and fight for the maximum amount of damages.

Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis and are not paid unless you recover a favorable verdict or settlement.

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