What are punitive damages and when are they available in a Virginia drunk driving car accident case?


In a case where someone is injured by a drunk driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or greater, Virginia allows the injured party to sue for punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the offending party and are stacked on top of the compensatory damages that the injured person might typically be awarded for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Punitive damages can increase the value of your case significantly, so if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident with a drunk driver, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury trial lawyer.


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