Suing for Punitive Damages in Lewisville

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

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. In Lewisville, Texas, 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. Alternatively, these "punitive damages," as they are called, are meant to punish and deter wrongdoing.

Punitive Damages in Lewisville, Texas are not awarded lightly, because the civil justice system usually disfavors giving plaintiffs financial windfalls not directly related to compensating them for their injuries. They are usually only awarded when the conduct of the defendant is morally reprehensible, and far worse than simple carelessness.

Conduct that can give rise to punitive damages in Lewisville, Texas

Personal injury litigation doesn't typically carry with it the possibility of punitive damages in Lewisville, Texas, because typically 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 Lewisville, Texas.

In Lewisville, Texas, punitive damages are only awarded in extreme cases. 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 Lewisville, Texas will consider many different factors. Typically, 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 note that in Lewisville, Texas, 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 general, punitive damages in Lewisville, Texas 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 Texas 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 Lewisville, Texas Attorney Help?

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

If you are located in Lewisville, Texas, 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 Lewisville, Texas civil litigation attorney

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Life in Lewisville

Lewisville, Texas is a medium-sized city in Denton County, and it is part of the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area.

At the 2000 Census, the population of Lewisville was estimated to be 77,000. However, current estimates place the population at over 100,000 people, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

Lewisville, Texas was incorporated in 1925, making it one of the oldest incorporated cities in the Dallas area. In its early history, growth was very slow, with the economy largely depending on relatively small-scale agricultural operations. After the construction of the Lewisville Dam, creating a large reservoir in the area, growth began to accelerate.

In the mid-1960s, Lewisville became one of the first cities in Texas to racially integrate its public schools.

When the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport opened in 1973, the population of Lewisville and other nearby towns exploded, partially attributed to the thousands of jobs the airport brought to the area.

Thanks to its rapid growth, and proximity to one of the country's major metropolitan centers, the legal community of Lewisville, Texas is highly diverse and well-developed. From large, national law firms, to small firms and solo practices, chances are good that you can find a Lewisville, Texas lawyer who is the right match for you.

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