They are a sum of money a jury awards intended to punish the guilty party whose conduct was particularly heinous. This is not a factor in a typical medical malpractice case, because it is a matter of simple negligence, rather than gross misconduct or the intent to cause harm. However, it may apply when sexual misconduct on the part of the medical professional is an issue.
In most circumstances, Florida law limits punitive damages to $500,000 or three times the amount awarded for compensatory damages, whichever is greater.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions
- What Damages Can I Recover in a Medical Malpractice Case?
- How Long Do I Have To File A Malpractice Lawsuit?
- Who Can Be Sued For Medical Malpractice?
- Do You Have to Prove a Doctor-Patient Relationship if You Sue?
- Are There Certain Medical Procedures That Are Consistently at the Root of Medical Malpractice Suits?