Suing for Punitive Damages in Hillsboro

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In Hillsboro, Oregon, civil litigation is not meant to punish wrongdoers, at least that is not its main purpose. Alternatively, it is designed to ensure that the victims of wrongdoing are given compensation for the harm they've suffered.

There is an exception to this basic rule, however: in certain cases, a court in Hillsboro, Oregon will award damages designed to punish the wrongdoer, and deter others from future wrongdoing. This practice is identified as "punitive damages."

Courts in Hillsboro, Oregon do not authorize punitive damages in most cases. The civil litigation system is geared against authorizing financial windfalls to civil plaintiffs. But, there are rare cases, where the defendant has done something to the plaintiff that is so morally reprehensible, that society's interest in punishing the defendant and deterring comparable misconduct outweighs the civil justice system's preference against punitive damages.

Conduct that can give rise to punitive damages in Hillsboro, Oregon

Typically personal injury cases in Hillsboro, Oregon do not involve punitive damages, because the defendant did not intend to cause harm, or act with some other form of malice. Alternatively, most of these cases involve situations where the defendant acted carelessly, but did not actually intend to cause harm. This is enough to award compensatory damages, but it is far from sufficient to award punitive damages in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Punitive damages in Hillsboro, Oregon are only awarded in the most extreme cases. Fraud, theft, assault, battery, and other intentional, immoral acts are grounds for punitive damages. Hillsboro, Oregon courts will consider various factors in considering whether or not to award punitive damages. For instance, the court might employ a sliding scale that weighs the immorality of the defendant's behavior against the actual harm that it caused to the plaintiff, and calculate damages accordingly.

It's essential to note that in Hillsboro, Oregon, 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.

Usually, in Hillsboro, Oregon, punitive damage awards that exceed the actual damages (those awarded to directly compensate the plaintiff) by a factor of 10. This is not an absolute rule, nonetheless, and is applied on a case-by-case basis. Courts in Oregon have found much smaller awards to be invalid, and upheld much larger awards.

How Can a Hillsboro, Oregon Attorney Help?

In Hillsboro, Oregon, there are a practically unlimited number of situtations in which punitive damages can be awarded.

If you are located in Hillsboro, Oregon, and are engaged 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 Hillsboro, Oregon civil litigation attorney

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Life in Hillsboro

Hillsboro is the fifth largest city in Oregon, with a population of 91,611 per the 2010 census. Interestingly, Hillsboro is a high-tech center because many companies have established a presence there. In fact, Hillsboro's nickname is the "Silicon Forest."

High-tech companies in Hillsboro include Intel, Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems, Credence Systems, FEI Company, TriQuint Semiconductor, Lattice Semiconductor, RadiSys, Planar Systems, Genentech, Soloflex, and Rodgers Instruments. The legal force also has a presence in Hillsboro via many law firms (of all sizes), and law offices. These offices and firms train excellent attorneys tho handle all the needs of corporations, as well as local residents.

Some popular historic sites include Old Scotch Church, Imbrie Farm, McMenamins, Harold Wass Ray House, Zula Linklater House, Charles Shorey House, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, and Manning-Kamna Farm.

Some famous residents include Samuel Thurston, William N. Barrett, David Hill, William D. Hare, and Josh Inman.

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