Medical Malpractice Dictionary: Punitive Damages


Punitive Damages: Extra "punishing" monetary damages in a lawsuit award beyond the basic damages for injuries.

Punitive Damages: The idea of punitive damages is to "punish" a defendant for their actions or behavior, and also as a deterrent to discourage others from similar actions. Punitive damages are extra monetary damages above the general damages or compensatory damages.

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