Can I get punitive damages in my medical malpractice lawsuit?
Punitive damages in a medical malpractice or negligence lawsuit are rare. However, they are allowed in some states when there is clear and convincing evidence of either intentional actions or actions carried out with a conscious disregard for the health and safety of a patient. The vast majority of medical malpractice claims involve acts of negligence that are not subject to an award for punitive damages, which are designed to punish the wrong-doer and discourage future bad conduct. While the facts of some cases are such that the requirements for punitive damages can be shown, many attorneys who are not familiar with the special rules and laws specific to medical malpractice cases may not be able to properly assert such claims.