Verdicts

At the conclusion of the trial after all of the evidence has been presented and both the plaintiff and defense have made their final arguments, the Judge will instruct the jury on the law and how to apply the law to the evidence in the case. Then, the jury will be sent into deliberation and asked to reach a verdict and determine whether to award damages. There are two types of damages that juries can award a plaintiff – compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are awarded to compensate for the injury or loss suffered by the plaintiff as a result of the defendant’s conduct, and punitive damages are designed to deter and punish such wrongful conduct.