The experienced legal team at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy understands that people who were injured by a defective product can have many questions about the legal process, including the types of compensation they may be entitled to receive.
One form of compensation injury victims may not know about is punitive damages. That is why our law firm has compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about punitive damages in product liability cases.
If you suffered a defective product injury, our product liability lawyers in Cincinnati may be able to help you. We have helped our clients win millions of dollars in compensation for the damages they have suffered, and we are ready to put that experience to work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation so we can explain your legal options in further detail.
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The word “damages” refers to payments made to a person who suffered loss or injury due to another’s actions. “Punitive” refers to something that punishes a wrongdoer for committing harm. Therefore, punitive damages are monies that must be paid to the person who was harmed by the party that committed the harm or injury.
This financial punishment of punitive damages (also called exemplary damages) is designed to motivate the at-fault party not to continue producing or distributing the harmful product, or to fix the problem so it does not cause harm anymore.
When someone has been awarded punitive damages, it means a court has ordered the at-fault party to pay the awarded amount to the person who was injured.
Punitive damages are separate from compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are awarded to the injured party to help compensate for his or her harm and losses that were caused by the defective product. Punitive damages are meant to punish the at-fault party for its actions.
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An injured person may seek punitive damages for a product liability claim if the product caused injury due to a:
The state of Ohio has strict laws about punitive damages, as outlined in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2315.21. In our state, personal injury cases that are caused by a defective product usually go through two steps:
Although punitive damages are designed to punish the party responsible for causing the product hazard, Ohio requires the defendant to prove why he or she deserves to receive punitive damages. In order to recover a punitive damages award, you must be able to prove that both of these factors are true of your situation:
Your Cincinnati punitive damages lawyer can explain all of the details and requirements to you, and he or she can guide you through the legal process. Contact us today so we can discuss your legal options.
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There may be one or multiple parties that must pay the punitive damages due to their contribution to producing or handling the defective or hazardous product on its way to the consumer. Those parties may include the:
If you decide to pursue punitive damages for product liability and the court rules in your favor, your attorney at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy will help ensure that you are paid what you are owed. It is important to have an advocate on your side who can fight on your behalf for your best interests, and our legal team is ready to help you seek compensation and justice for what you have endured.
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In Ohio, the amount of punitive damages you can recover in a product liability case is calculated based on several factors, including:
According to Ohio code ORC 2315.21, there are limits to punitive damages that may be awarded, including:
Your attorney will investigate these issues to determine how much the at-fault party knew about the defect and how long they waited before taking action to correct the error. Your attorney will carefully review these issues to determine the value of punitive damages.
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Start by contacting an experienced attorney who has successfully pursued product liability cases. Your product liability lawyer will guide you through every step, including:
Your lawyer will then contact the at-fault party to let it know that there is a claim against it for product liability damages. Your attorney will take care of everything from there, and he or she will contact you if you are ever required to provide additional information or testimony about how your injuries happened.
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If you are pursuing compensation for injuries and harm caused by a defective item, you can talk about the issue to your lawyer, your family and your friends. However, there are several parties you should decline speaking to, because they may try to talk you into a settlement that is less than what you are entitled to for what you have suffered.
Those parties include:
If you have already reported the defect to the manufacturer or the seller, that was the right thing to do. However, the seller or manufacturer will try to avoid or lessen its liability for your injuries, so it is best to let your personal injury attorney take care of all future communications on your behalf.
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A knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the legal process in seeking punitive damages for your defective product, including:
Your lawyer will also take care of all communications regarding the case, including communicating with the at-fault parties and their lawyers.
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If you have been injured because of a defective or poorly made product, you may be able to pursue punitive damages against the party at fault for causing or allowing the defect.
The law firm of O’Connor, Acciani & Levy has many years of experience representing our clients’ best interest against large companies that try to deny liability for their defective products. We are skilled at fighting for our clients’ right to maximum compensation.
Our law firm charges no upfront fees, and there is no obligation – so there is no risk on your part. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation, and find out whether we can help you gain justice and compensation for what you have suffered.
With a proven track record of success that has resulted in our team of legal professionals recovering tens of millions in compensation for our clients, we work quickly to obtain a fair and just result for your case.
We also offer complimentary consultations to determine the merits of your claim and in most instances, we only get paid when we obtain a recovery on your behalf.
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