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In addition to compensatory damages, or money damages that are meant to make you whole by paying your past and future medical bills, lost wages, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, out of pocket expenses, scar awards, property damages and psychological injuries, just to name a few, you might also be entitled to an award of punitive damages.
The CT Jury Instructions provide, in part, as follows for 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.
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