Suing for Punitive Damages in Bayonne

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The civil litigation system in Bayonne, New Jersey is designed to provide compensation for individuals who are injured because of the unlawful conduct of others. It is not much concerned with punishing or deterring wrongdoers.

However, this general principle has a major exception. In rare cases, a Bayonne, New Jersey judge or jury can award damages to the plaintiff that are not calculated by the actual losses suffered. Instead, they serve the purpose of punishing the defendant, and deterring others from wrongdoing. These are called "punitive damages."

You should be aware that courts in Bayonne, New Jersey are not particularly fond of granting punitive damages, because they view it as a financial windfall that generally runs counter to civil litigation's primary purpose of compensating victims of wrongdoing for the harm they've suffered. However, if the conduct of the defendant was completely reprehensible and the harm caused was deliberate, a court might impose damages to punish the defendant, known as "punitive damages."

Conduct that can give rise to punitive damages in Bayonne, New Jersey

Personal injury litigation doesn't usually carry with it the possibility of punitive damages in Bayonne, New Jersey, because mostly personal injury cases stem from harm that was caused accidentally, not deliberately. Accidental harm is not enough to warrant an award of punitive damages in Bayonne, New Jersey.

In Bayonne, New Jersey, 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 Bayonne, New Jersey 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.

It's important to know that punitive damages in Bayonne, New Jersey 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 suffered by the plaintiff. Grossly excessive punitive damage awards are unconstitutional, the Supreme Court has held, because they amount to the government taking property from the defendant without due process of law.

In Bayonne, New Jersey, 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 general rule of thumb, and is not completely rigid. In New Jersey, 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 particular punitive damage award will depend heavily on the facts of each case.

How Can a Bayonne, New Jersey Attorney Help?

Bayonne, New Jersey's courts have wide discretion in awarding punitive damages. Accordingly, it is impossible to comprehensively discuss all the situations in which punitive damages can arise.

If you are involved in a case in Bayonne, New Jersey where punitive damages are a possibility, a very large amount of money could be at stake, whether you are the plaintiff or defendant. You should not hesitate to speak with a civil litigation attorney in Bayonne, New Jersey

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Life in Bayonne

Bayonne is located in Hudson County, New Jersey, just south of Jersey City. It derives its name from Bayonne, France. A main attraction in the city is the Bayonne Bridge, which connects it to Staten Island, New York. Red, white, and blue lights illuminate the bridge in the evening, as a 9/11 memorial.

The city was initially founded as a township in 1861 and officially incorporated in 1869. Bayonne currently has a population of about 57,000. Notable residents of Bayonne have included actress Sandra Dee and basketball player Shaquille O'Neal.

Popular outdoors destinations in the city include Constable Hook, Bergen Point, and the Hackensack RiverWalk. Bayonne is home to several places on the list of National Registered Historic Places and Museums. Such places include Robbins Reef Light, Bayonne Truck House No.1, and Bayonne Trust Company.

The city of Bayonne is located near Newark Airport and the Newark Turnpike. It is served by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System. The Bayonne Board of Education provides public education schools for city residents. Bayonne High School has an on-campus ice rink facility for its hockey team.

Bayonne has been called "The Peninsula of Industry" by its locals. Recently it has been earning a reputation as "The Peninsula of Business and Technology". Traditional industries in Bayonne are being upgraded with new technologies and facilities, especially in the service sector.

Bayonne lawyers typically file their cases at the Bayonne Municipal Court. Appeals may be processed with the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. Many lawyers in Bayonne, New Jersey are members of other Bar Associations in addition to the New Jersey Bar Association.

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