Representative Case: Plaintiff Awarded Compensatory and Punitive Damages in Personal Injury Case

In North Carolina, personal injury cases can cover a wide range of incidents. The most common include car, motorcycle, and truck accidents that lead to injuries like whiplash, fractures, or traumatic brain injuries. Other types of personal injury cases involve slip and fall incidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, workplace injuries, and product liability. No matter what type of accident led to your injury, you deserve to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, hospital bills, and time spent out of work.

Representative Case: Plaintiff Awarded Compensatory and Punitive Damages in Personal Injury Case

About This Personal Injury Case

In August of 2022, our client, the Plaintiff, was going to go have dinner with the Defendant, someone she thought was her friend. However, the night would have a very serious ending that the Plaintiff never saw coming.

During dinner, the Plaintiff inquired about the allegations that the Defendant had assaulted a mutual friend. What followed was an explosive argument during which the Defendant violently attacked the Plaintiff. As an ex-wrestler, the Defendant inflicted serious bodily harm to the Plaintiff, including, but not limited to, multiple fractures across her cervical vertebrae. The Plaintiff underwent spinal fusion surgery to repair the damage, requiring permanent medical hardware and leaving her extensively scarred from the procedure.

The Plaintiff reached out to SeiferFlatow, PLLC, for representation in the civil lawsuit against Defendant. Managing Partner Mathew Flatow and Associate Attorney David Capper worked together to thoroughly investigate the case, review the Plaintiff’s extensive medical records, and prove in court that damages were necessary for the Plaintiff’s recovery.

After extensive legal proceedings, a Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge handed down a judgment in favor of the Plaintiff for $2,510,538.08, an amount which includes a compensatory damage award of $627,632.52 and a punitive damage award of $1,882,897.56.

Case Summary

SeiferFlatow, PLLC, earned a decisive victory in Mecklenburg Superior Court, allowing our client to recover more than $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Definitions In This Case


A person who files a lawsuit.


A person against whom a lawsuit is filed.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury is the area of law that covers physical, financial, and emotional injuries caused by the accidental or intentionally negligent actions of others.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages, in the context of legal terminology, refer to monetary awards or payments intended to compensate a plaintiff (in a civil lawsuit) for the actual losses or harm they have suffered due to the actions or negligence of another party. These damages are designed to “compensate” the injured party for both economic and non-economic losses they have incurred as a direct result of the defendant’s wrongdoing.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are a type of monetary award that may be imposed by a court as a penalty against a defendant in a civil lawsuit. Unlike compensatory damages, which are intended to compensate the plaintiff for their actual losses, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for their egregious or reckless behavior and to deter similar conduct in the future.

Punitive damages are typically awarded in cases where the defendant’s actions are found to be particularly malicious, wanton, fraudulent, or grossly negligent. The primary purpose of punitive damages is not to compensate the plaintiff but to send a message that such conduct will not be tolerated in society.

Contact SeiferFlatow For Help In Your Personal Injury Case

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you deserve compensation. Let our experienced personal injury team ensure your rights are protected and that your chances of a successful outcome are maximized. Give us a call at 704-512-0606 or send us a message to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.