Suing for Punitive Damages in Parma

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The civil litigation system in Parma, Ohio 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.

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

It's essential to note that courts in Parma, Ohio prefer not to grant punitive damages. This is because the civil justice system is designed primarily to compensate the victims of wrongdoing. However, there are some cases where the defendant's conduct was so immoral and evil that civil courts have an interest in making them pay additional 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 Parma, Ohio

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

In Parma, Ohio, 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 Parma, Ohio 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.

You should be aware of the fact that there are some pretty severe limits on punitive damages in Parma, Ohio. The U.S. Supreme Court has found that there are constitutional limits on punitive damage awards. Punitive damages can't be too disproportionate to the actual damages that the plaintiff has suffered. Appeals courts have found that excessive punitive damage awards violate the defendant's right to due process, by depriving them of massive amounts of property.

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

How Can a Parma, Ohio Attorney Help?

Parma, Ohio's courts have wide discretion in awarding punitive damages. Accordingly, it is impractical to comprehensively discuss all the situations in which punitive damages can arise.

If you are located in Parma, Ohio, and are immersed in a case that you think, based on the information conveyed above, that might have punitive damages as an option, you can't be sure what, if anything, you're entitled to from the defendant until you consult with a Parma, Ohio civil litigation attorney

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Life in Parma

Parma, Ohio is a city in Cuyahoga County. It is a suburb of Cleveland. It currently has a population of about 84,000 people.

Parma is located southwest of Cleveland, and directly borders the city. Parma, Ohio was founded in 1826, by settlers from New York. Parma, Ohio was named after a city in New York of the same name, and likely came from the popular fascination with classical Italian culture that existed at the time. Through the rest of the 19th century, Parma remained rural, with its economy largely based on agriculture. Parma saw an explosion in population and economic growth after World War Two, when a major exodus from cities into newly-created residential suburbs was well underway. This was fueled mostly by increased consumer purchasing power created by the economic boom, as well as apprehension about living in major cities during the Cold War.

Modernly, Parma maintains its suburban character, and is largely a bedroom community for Cleveland.

If you live in Parma, Ohio and need an attorney, there's a good chance you'll be able to find one. Parma, Ohio attorneys are very competent and well-rounded. A Parma, Ohio lawyer can probably handle just about any legal issue you might have.

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