Can I punish a person for their reckless conduct that lead to my injuries?

Georgia law provides for punitive damages for wanton conduct: “wanton conduct is that which is so reckless or so charged with indifference to the consequences as to be the equivalent in spirit to actual intent.” This includes conscious indifference to consequences, which is an intentional disregard of the rights of another, or knowingly or willfully disregarding such rights. Georgia law caps punitive damages at $250,000.00 unless the party acted with specific intent to harm. Punitive damages may only be awarded in auto accident cases or other tort claims when proven by clear and convincing evidence (as opposed to the preponderance of evidence).

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