Suing for Punitive Damages in Des Plaines

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

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. In Des Plaines, Illinois, courts will, in fairly rare cases, require defendants to pay plaintiffs sums of money which aren't calculated by the actual harm and costs the plaintiff has incurred. Instead, these "punitive damages," as they are called, are meant to punish and deter wrongdoing.

It's important to note that courts in Des Plaines, Illinois 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 Des Plaines, Illinois

A majority of personal injury litigation actions in Des Plaines, Illinois do not involve the possibility of punitive damages, because they usually involve injuries where the defendant is at fault for the harm caused, but did not intend to do any harm. In Des Plaines, Illinois, accidental harm may be enough to award the plaintiff compensatory damages, but it is not enough for punitive damages.

In Des Plaines, Illinois, punitive damages are only awarded in extreme circumstances. 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 Des Plaines, Illinois will consider many different factors. Usually, 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.

There are limits on punitive damages in Des Plaines, Illinois. The Supreme Court has held that punitive damage awards which are grossly disproportionate to the immorality of the conduct, and the harm that it caused, are an unconstitutional deprivation of property without due process of law.

In Des Plaines, Illinois, punitive damage awards are typically (but not always) capped at 10 times the amount awarded in compensatory damages. Remember, however, that this is just a basic rule of thumb, and is not completely rigid. In Illinois, appeals courts have a good deal of discretion in deciding if a punitive damage award is valid or invalid. Much larger awards have been upheld, and smaller awards have been overturned. The validity of a specific punitive damage award will depend heavily on the facts of each case.

How Can a Des Plaines, Illinois Attorney Help?

In Des Plaines, Illinois, there are a large variety of situations in which punitive damages are appropriate, because the decision to grant punitive damages is largely up to the discretion of the jury.

If you have been injured in Des Plaines, Illinois and you think punitive damages might be justified, a large amount of money might be at stake. For that reason, you should not delay to consult a civil litigation attorney in Des Plaines, Illinois.

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Life in Des Plaines

Des Plaines, Illinois is a community in Cook County, with a population of about 60,000 people. It is a suburb of the city of Chicago.

Des Plaines, Illinois enjoys a fairly high median household income, and a low cost of living, with the median income being about ,000 per year, and average home prices being around ,000.

Des Plaines, for a city its size, has a robust network of educational institutions, including a community college, and several specialized high school-level institutions, such as one focusing on fostering excellence in science and the arts, and private religious schools of various denominations.

Des Plaines, Illinois is a religiously-diverse city, and has several churches of different Christian denominations, as well as a Jewish temple, and an Islamic community center.

Des Plaines, Illinois is a good place to live for people who value diversity, especially those who work in Chicago, or the surrounding area. Its close proximity to city of Chicago, and its low cost of living, make Des Plaines a good option for young professionals who are ready to settle down.

Furthermore, there are plenty of Des Plaines, Illinois lawyers who are ready to help residents of the city and nearby communities with their legal issues. Des Plaines, Illinois lawyers can handle just about any legal problem one can throw at them.

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