Lafayette Punitive Damages Lawyer | Lafayette Exemplary Damages Lawyer

When are Punitive Damages recoverable Lafayette, Louisiana?

Lafayette, Louisiana Punitive Damages Lawyers can help you recover when someone has intentionally hurt you or after a car accident with a drunk driver.

Punitive Damages are a legal tool created to prevent people and companies from doing bad things. They act as a penalty and a deterrent. In some situations, an injured party is entitled to receive punitive damages from a party who has injured them. Louisiana law allows for the recovery of exemplary damages (punitive damages) in cases where the behavior of the defendant was extremely dangerous. The purpose of exemplary damages is to make an example of the defendant so that others do not make the same mistake. In Louisiana, exemplary damages in vehicle accident cases are usually only awarded when the driver was intoxicated. In addition, it must be shown that the driver disregarded the rights and safety of the other drivers and pedestrians on the road. Punitive damages are rarely awarded, but they are an important part of the justice system. Your Lafayette Vehicle Accident Attorney can explain how the law of punitive damages applies to your Louisiana Car Accident case. The cases and descriptions below summarize specific points related to exemplary damages:

  • The Factors that a court will use in determining amount of exemplary damages are (1)  the nature and extent of harm to plaintiff, (2) the wealth or financial situation of defendant, (3) the character of conduct involved, and (4)  the extent to which such conduct offends sense of justice and propriety. Angeron v. Martin, App. 1 Cir.1994, 649 So.2d 40, 1993-2381 (La.App. 1 Cir. 12/22/94), rehearing denied.
  • In order to recover punitive damages in a drunk driving accident case, it must be proved that the driver acted with conscious indifference to consequences of his actions. When determining this, a court will look at the facts and circumstances of each case including, but not limited to, blood alcohol level, evidence of effect of alcohol on specific driver, and consequences of alcohol consumption. Hill v. Sampson, App. 2 Cir.1993, 628 So.2d 81.

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Lafayette, LA 70508
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Lafayette, LA 70508
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Carencro, LA 70520
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Youngsville, LA 70592
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5935 Cameron Street
Scott, LA 70583
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Lafayette, LA 70508
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Abbeville, LA 70510
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How can you find a quality Lafayette Punitive Damages Lawyer near you?

Contact one of the qualified Lafayette Personal Injury lawyers listed in the box at the top left of this page for help with your Lafayette Car Wreck lawsuit or other Lafayette lawsuit involving punitive damages.


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