Punitive damages are a type of compensation that can be awarded in civil cases. Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for their particularly egregious conduct and to deter similar conduct in the future. Punitive damages are only awarded in cases where the defendant’s actions are found to be especially malicious, wanton, or reckless. They are typically reserved for situations where the defendant’s behavior goes beyond mere negligence and rises to a level of intentional wrongdoing or gross negligence.

Under New Jersey Law There is a cap on punitive damages — five times the amount of compensatory damages or $350,000, whichever is greater. The jury is not be informed that there is a cap on punitive damages.

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