When it comes to personal injury lawsuit in Illinois, there are two typical types of damages that can be given in a verdict: compensatory damages and punitive damages. The main purpose of compensatory damages is to try and make a victim whole. It’s to fix what can fixed or make up for what could not be fixed. An injured victim may be facing debilitating injuries and disability. In addition to these significant physical and emotional injuries, they may have lost wages, medical bills, and much more. Such injuries and costs fall under compensatory damages.
However, punitive damages are different. Punitive damages are meant to stop a wrong doer from continuing to do wrong. If a person or a business shows through their own actions that they are devaluing the sanctity of life and limb, Illinois law has offered the community a remedy that can be used to stop this dangerous conduct before it harms us all.
The dangerous conduct may have only harmed one person superficially, but this damage is intended to stop the wrong conduct before it worsens. Punitive damages are meant to be a deterrent to the defendant and other similar wrongdoers for their reckless behavior. Unfortunately, many wrongdoers are encouraged to rectify their conduct only through a punitive monetary verdict. It’s these punitive damages that force them to take preventative measures before they harm more people in our community.
At the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd., we understand that even one injury is too many. During trial, we often seek punitive damages so our communities are safer and our citizens are protected from the reckless behavior of others. With over 60 years of combined experience, our Chicago personal injury attorneys are known for their expertise and tough litigation. Contact us by email or call us at 312-384-1920 to schedule a consultation with one of our personal injury trial attorneys practicing law throughout Illinois.