Strong personal injury cases typically result in a compensatory settlement amount. However, occasionally, when a person is filing against a particularly negligent or malicious defendant, they may receive punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. Punitive damages are awarded to individuals whenever a court finds the defendant guilty of egregious negligence. The court awards these damages to punish them for their actions. Recovering punitive damages necessitates excellent legal representation.

If you have been injured by the negligent actions of another person or business, you may have grounds for a legal claim. Contact the Oklahoma personal injury lawyer from the Abel Law Firm to discuss the details of your case. Call (405) 239-7046 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Are Punitive Damages Fair?

Generally, punitive damages are only awarded in cases where the defendant is a large business or corporation that is committing repeated and heinously negligent actions. For example, if a company is dumping toxic waste in a nearby town’s water supply. This causes many people to suffer illnesses because of the contaminated water. The business may be required to pay punitive damages.

The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the company for their behavior, as well as to provide a financial incentive for them to change their actions. In many cases, a company could pay off dozens of personal injury cases without suffering financially. In fact, it may be more profitable for them to pay off injured patrons than it would be to fix the problem directly.

Many people argue that punitive damages are not fair because one victim receives substantially more money than another. Additionally, opponents argue that the money would be better spent addressing and remedying the problem.

Contact Us

If you have been the victim of another party’s negligence, contact the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers of the Abel Law Firm to discuss your legal options. Contact (405) 239-7046 today to speak with a qualified attorney about your case.

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The Journal Record 2023 Reader Rankings - Top Winner - Abel Law Firm - Best Peronal Injury Law Firm

Oklahomans across the state have recognized the Abel Law Firm's unique heritage as a statewide institution. Founded by Ed Abel, and today led by his son, Luke Abel, our personal injury law firm has become synonymous with empathy, compassion, and the highest professional performance serving our neighbors. Our family has sought to leave a profound impact upon the State of Oklahoma. We appreciate that former Governor Mary Fallin recognized that dedication when she declared May 1st "Ed Abel Day."

To be named Oklahoma's Best Personal Injury Law Firm is humbling. We are grateful to have won this prestigious honor. We work every day to earn the trust of those we serve: Oklahoma families who are facing some of the most difficulty days of their lives due to the negligence of others. It is our intention and resolve to continue to be deserving of the faith Oklahomans have placed in our family's law firm. Thank you!

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