How is Liability Decided and What Money Damages are Awarded

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | Jan 03, 2011 | 0 Comments

Your Norwalk, Connecticut car accident case can completely overwhelm you. When will you feel better? How are your bills going to be paid?

What doctors should you see? What do you tell them? What should you do? What should you not do? Have you done anything to harm

your case? How will this case be investigated? What are the steps that must be taken and in what order? Contact us today so we can

get you a FREE copy of our book "The Crash Course On Personal Injury Claims

in Connecticut" so you can get all of your questions answered.

How does a jury decide on liability in any given case and what money

damages are to be awarded for past medical bills, future medical care, loss

of income, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium? The answer is they

are charged or instructed by the judge as to how they should apply the law

to the facts that they have found to be proven. For example, once such charge related to

punitive damages could be:

In addition to seeking compensatory damages, the plaintiff seeks an award of

punitive damages. Punitive damages are damages awarded not to compensate

the plaintiff for any injury or losses but to punish the defendant for

outrageous conduct and to deter (him/her) and others like (him/her) from

similar conduct in the future. Punitive damages may be awarded for conduct

that is outrageous, because of the defendant's reckless indifference to the

rights of others or an intentional and wanton violation of those rights.

You may award punitive damages only if you unanimously find, from facts

established by a preponderance of the evidence, that the conduct of the

defendant was, in fact, outrageous.

The law does not require you to award punitive damages. It is, instead, a

matter for your sound discretion. An award of punitive damages must not

reflect bias, prejudice or sympathy with respect to any party. It must

instead be fairly based on the evidence in the case.

There is no exact standard for fixing the amount of punitive damages. The

amount awarded, if any, should be the amount you unanimously find necessary

for achieving the objectives of punitive damages that I have described. You

should consider the degree of reprehensibility of the defendant's misconduct

and the actual or potential harm suffered by the plaintiff.

Once you are injured in a Norwalk, CT  motor vehicle accident case, it is important that

you get accurate and prompt legal advice. You need answers to your important

questions so you take the necessary steps to develop your case. Injured

parties call us with many legal questions and accident related issues, which

is why we wrote the book "The Crash Course on Personal Injury Claims in

Connecticut". Contact us today at www.hcwlaw.com or call us toll free at

(888) 244-5480 to get a FREE copy of our book. You have questions, we have

the answers. Do not speak to anyone from the insurance company, do not hire

an attorney and do not sign any papers until you read our free book. Don't

delay. Get the information you need today.

About the Author

Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.

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