Punitive Damages are additional compensation imposed by a court to punish a wrongdoer. This amount is separate from your actual damages and includes current medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and loss of earning capacity.
Florida law establishes that an injured party can request a Court for Punitive Damages if it can be shown that the drunk driver is guilty of Intentional Misconduct or Gross Negligence. The law defines each of these phrases as follows:
Intentional Misconduct means the defendant had actual knowledge of the high probability injury or damage would result from his or her actions.
Gross Negligence means the defendant’s conduct was so reckless it constituted a conscious disregard or indifference to the life and safety of people exposed to that conduct.
Due to the nature of drunk driving, punitive damages are available in DUI cases in Florida.
At Carey Leisure & Neal, we have over 30 years of experience representing clients injured in DUI cases. We are Board Certified experts recognized as such within the legal industry. When you become our client, we are available for you 24/7.
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