A lawsuit may include punitive damages. What do they mean? When the defendant’s conduct was especially egregious or aggravating circumstances exist, punitive damages may be awarded. In general, to show conscious indifference to consequences, the defendant must have shown “willful misconduct, malice, fraud, wantonness, oppression, or the wish for care.” O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1(b). Willful misconduct […]
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