Yes. Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are one way that the state of Georgia can punish someone for a criminal act. Georgia law says that punitive damages may be awarded in addition to compensatory damages when the person that caused the injury behaved in a way that showed a reckless indifference to the consequences.
However, there are a couple of unique circumstances under which punitive damages cannot be collected. For this reason, it is always important to discuss the specific details of your case with an experienced DUI victim attorney in Atlanta before trying to claim something you may not be eligible for.
Contact Shane Smith Law today to learn more about collecting punitive damages in your case. Our office offers free initial consultations to review your claim and answer any questions that you may have. Call us today at (980) 246-2656 for more information.