Personal Injury Law


What is the role of punitive damages in bifurcated tort cases?

A bifurcated tort case is one in which there are two separate phases. The first part is the liability phase in which the jury must determine whether the defendant is liable (legally responsible), the amount of compensatory damages, and answering yes or no on the question of punitive damages. The second phase of the tort suit then asks the jury to debate on the amount of punitive damages.


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