Punitive Damages can be collected by an injured person when the defendant acts in a grossly negligent or intentional manner causing the injury. A primary example of this in personal injury cases is where a drunk driver is convicted of a DUI causing an auto or semi-truck accident. You can also have a punitive damage case where there is an intentional assault.
Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers has collected millions for clients injured due through no fault of their own in car and truck accidents involving drunk drivers. This is, by and far, the most common punitive damage claim in Kentucky.
Settling Punitive Damage Cases
At our office, in cases involving punitive damages claims, we go the extra mile to make sure all evidence is preserved. We immediately obtain recorded statements with our detective from the at fault party and any and all witnesses. We photograph the scene if a car accident vehicle is involved to ensure justice will be served. We perform background checks and obtain the criminal records of the defendant as most punitive damage claims have resulted in criminal charges against the at fault party.
We refer our clients to excellent physicians so they can recover with medical documentation for their injuries. Most importantly our experienced attorneys negotiate top dollars from insurance companies usually often court is avoided in these cases. In Kentucky there is a minimum liability of $25,000.00 for a punitive damage drunk driving case.
When To Sue For Punitive Damages
In cases where our client has sustained serious injury and we cannot obtain a reasonable settlement from the defendant, we will not hesitate to file suit and go to trial. In the event of a jury trial the jury can award damages for pain and suffering, lost income past and future, cost of care, medical bills and in addition, punitive damages for gross misconduct by the defendant. In Kentucky there is no limit on the amount that can be awarded by a jury against a defendant who has been grossly negligent or violated the law in causing injury to the plaintiff.
The Value Of Punitive Damages
Punitive damage law can be complicated and it’s for this reason that you need experienced attorneys working on your behalf in Kentucky. Our law firm has handled punitive damage claims for over forty seven years.
At Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers we have collected millions for our clients injured in car and semi-truck accidents that involved drunk drivers and other serious personal injury claims with punitive damages.