Suing for Punitive Damages in Dublin

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

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. In Dublin, Ohio, 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.

In Dublin, Ohio, punitive damages are not awarded in many cases. This is because the civil litigation system highly disfavors giving money to plaintiffs in amounts disproportionate to the injuries they have suffered. Nonetheless, in some cases, the conduct of the defendant is so reprehensible, that simply punishing the defendant is a worthy goal, and this interest outweighs the preference against giving civil plaintiffs financial windfalls.

Conduct that can give rise to punitive damages in Dublin, Ohio

Personal injury litigation doesn't usually carry with it the possibility of punitive damages in Dublin, Ohio, 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 Dublin, Ohio.

Punitive damages in Dublin, Ohio are not authorized in many cases. They are only awarded when the defendant's conduct was so deplorable and deliberate (but not necessarily criminal) that punishment is warranted. Fraud, battery, conversion (theft) and other intentional, insidious acts are usually required before punitive damages in Dublin, Ohio will be considered. Furthermore, in deciding how much to award in punitive damages, a court will consider 2 main factors: the insidious nature of the defendant's conduct, and the actual harm that the plaintiff suffered as a result.

It's critical to note that in Dublin, Ohio, punitive damages are not unlimited. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that punitive damages cannot be hugely disproportionate to the amount awarded to compensate the plaintiff for the actual injuries they suffered. If the punitive damages are extremely excessive, an appeals court might rule that they amount to a deprivation of property without due process of law, or a de facto criminal punishment, without affording the defendant the protections available in criminal cases.

In Dublin, Ohio, 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 Ohio, 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 Dublin, Ohio Attorney Help?

In Dublin, Ohio, there are a basically unlimited number of situtations in which punitive damages can be awarded.

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

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Life in Dublin

Dublin, Ohio is a city that straddles Franklin, Delaware, and Union Counties. It is one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Columbus, with a population of approximately 39,000 as of 2009, up from 31,000 in 2000.

Dublin is perhaps best-known for hosting the Memorial Tournament, a major golf tournament which is part of the PGA Tour. Accordingly, many golf enthusiasts have chosen to call Dublin home.

During its early history, in the early 19th Century, Dublin, Ohio experienced an influx of immigrants from Ireland, and it got its name from one of the early Irish settlers and major landowners in the area, who named it after his hometown of Dublin, Ireland.

Dublin, Ohio hosts the headquarters of several major companies in the food service, healthcare, insurance, and telecommunications. Dublin, Illinois features over 1,000 acres of parks, and over 77 miles of scenic bike trails, and two manmade lakes for boating and fishing.

Given its size, and rapid growth, it's not surprising that Dublin, Ohio is home to many lawyers who have set up shop to meet the legal needs of a rapidly-growing community. Dublin, Ohio lawyers are highly skilled and competent. If you live in or near the city, chances are good that a Dublin, Ohio lawyer can help you with whatever legal issue you might be facing.

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