What to Know About Punitive Damages in Maryland

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An injury can affect you in a number of different ways. You may be impacted physically, financially, and emotionally. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Because you face various different burdens after an injury, there are different types of compensation you can receive. Read on to learn more about the types of compensation available in a Maryland personal injury case. 

Economic vs. Non-Economic Damages

The two main forms of compensation involved in personal injury cases are economic and non-economic damages. 

Economic damages: this covers quantifiable damages. For example, you can show the court copies of hospital bills and other medical bills relating to your injury. Lost wages and property damage fall under this category as well. 

Non-economic damages: You may be awarded compensation for physical and emotional burdens, such as pain and suffering, loss of independence, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. This form of compensation is more difficult to recover because it can be difficult to quantify. 

In some cases, a plaintiff will be awarded one or both types of compensation. 

Another form of compensation in personal injury cases is punitive damages. 

What Are Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages are rarely awarded. This form of compensation is not meant to award the injured party, but rather to punish the negligent party. The court may order the negligent party to pay punitive damages in the hopes that it will deter him or her from engaging in negligent behavior again in the future. 

If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party’s negligence, contact our firm to discuss your case today. We want to help you fight to recover the compensation you deserve for the burdens you are facing. 

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If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.

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