Are You Eligible to Receive Punitive Damages for Your Accident Expenses?

by Staff Blogger | September 24th, 2020

After an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the other driver or their insurance company to get money for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. And depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for a separate type of compensation called punitive damages.

While personal injury claims are designed to help victims recover the money they lost due to their accidents, punitive damages are designed to punish the offending parties. For example, if another driver loses control of their vehicle and crashes into you, you can file a personal injury claim due to the crash being an accident. But if it can be proven that the other driver intentionally crashed into you, you can file both a personal injury claim and be eligible to get punitive damages designed to punish the driver for their recklessness and maliciousness.

Punitive damages aren’t always considered in injury claims, as it must be proven that the at-fault driver wasn’t just negligent, but acting in an excessively reckless or aggressive manner. The Roanoke auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm have many years of experience collecting evidence to prove fault, and we know how to determine when punitive damages should be awarded as well.

Simply put—we believe victims should get every penny they’re owed, and when that includes money that punishes drivers who seek to harm or injure others, we believe our clients deserve those checks, too. Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to get you the money you need to move forward with your life.