Exemplary damages, also known as punitive damages, are those available in a lawsuit to punish a defendant for their fraudulent, malice, or grossly negligent misbehavior and causes another person to suffer serious or catastrophic injuries. Although exemplary damages are available in Texas, just as they are in every other state, Texas laws and many appeals courts are not always receptive to the idea of punitive damages.
To help you understand, our Austin personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. have listed 3 things you should know about Texas punitive damages:
1. Exemplary Damages are Capped.
Generally, exemplary damages will be reduced on appeals to an amount between $200,000 or $750,000 depending on the actual economic damages awarded by the jury.
2. Only a Unanimous Jury Can Award Punitive Damages.
Every juror must reach an agreement that the award is legally correct. In addition, all jurors must agree on the amount of exemplary damages.
3. Certain violations of the Penal Code Can Eliminate Caps on Exemplary Damages.
When this occurs, the cap on punitive damages is removed and the jury’s verdict is upheld without reduction or elimination.
Contact Our Austin Personal Injury Lawyer for Aggressive Representation
If you or someone you love had suffered injuries due to another person’s negligent actions, we urge you to get in touch with our Austin personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. as soon as possible. When you entrust your case to our team, we will work diligently to safeguard your rights from start to finish. Our legal team can examine your case and determine whether the other person should be punished for the misbehavior that has caused you or your loved one harm.
To discuss your case, call our Austin personal injury lawyers today! We have successfully recovered millions of dollars for the injured.