Suing for Punitive Damages in Monrovia

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In Monrovia, California, the civil litigation system is mainly concerned with compensating the victims of wrongdoing, rather than punishing the wrongdoers, or casting moral blame upon them.

There is a major exception to this rule, however. In limited situations, courts in Monrovia, California will order a defendant to pay the plaintiff damages which are not directly tied to any harm sustained by the plaintiff. Rather, these damages, which are known as "punitive damages", are meant to punish the wrongdoer, and serve as a deterrent.

It's important to note that courts in Monrovia, California prefer not to grant punitive damages. This is because the civil justice system is designed mainly to compensate the victims of wrongdoing. Nonetheless, there are some cases where the defendant's conduct was so immoral and evil that civil courts have an interest in making them pay further damages, going above and beyond what's needed to compensate the victim, in order to serve as a deterrent.

Conduct that can give rise to punitive damages in Monrovia, California

The vast majority of personal injury lawsuits in Monrovia, California involve instances in which the defendant did not intend to harm the plaintiff, but did so through carelessness. This is not enough to award punitive damages in Monrovia, California.

In Monrovia, California, punitive damages are only awarded in extreme situations. Civil wrongs such as fraud, conversion (theft), battery, and other intentional, depraved acts are sufficient to award punitive damages. In deciding whether or not to award punitive damages, and how much money to award, courts in Monrovia, California will consider many different factors. Normally, they employ a sliding scale, weighing the nature of the conduct and the actual harm that the conduct caused. The more immoral the conduct, and/or the more harm caused, the more likely a court is to award punitive damages.

It's important to know that punitive damages in Monrovia, California are subject to limits. The Supreme Court of the United States has held, more than once, that punitive damages can't be grossly disproportionate to the actual harm sustained by the plaintiff. Grossly excessive punitive damage awards are unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has held, because they amount to the government acquiring property from the defendant without due process of law.

In general, punitive damages in Monrovia, California cannot be more than 10 times larger than the actual damages sustained by the plaintiff. Nonetheless, this is not an absolute rule, and appeals courts in California have upheld much larger awards, and found much smaller awards to be invalid. It's decided on a case-by-case basis.

How Can a Monrovia, California Attorney Help?

In Monrovia, California, judges and juries have a good deal of leeway in deciding if they want to grant punitive damages, so there are a nearly-unlimited number of situations that can lead to a punitive damage award.

If you are immersed in a case in Monrovia, California that you believe might entitle you to punitive damages, a lot of money could be at stake. Therefore, if you want to pursue your legal remedies, you should see a Monrovia, California civil litigation attorney as soon as possible.

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Life in Monrovia

Monrovia, California is a city in Los Angeles County, in the San Gabriel Mountains. Its population is currently about 36,000 people.

Monrovia is one of the oldest incorporated cities in the Los Angeles area, having been formally incorporated in 1887. In the modern era, Monrovia, California is perhaps best known as being the location of the original McDonald's restaurant. Several other major retail and food service companies are headquartered in Monrovia, California, including Trader Joe's and Original Tommy's.

The largest employers in Monrovia are in the education, healthcare, and retail sectors. These industries employ people in a wide range of professions, including administrative professionals such as accountants, human resource personnel, and lawyers.

Thanks to its relatively large population and diverse economy, Monrovia, California attorneys are experienced in handling a wide variety of cases. If you need legal advice, a Monrovia, California lawyer can almost certainly help you with your legal issues.

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