Civil actions often end with jury verdicts or settlements that provide an injured party with monetary compensation. But in some cases they bring about change – such as safety improvements or revamped policies and regulations -- that helps ensure there won’t be future victims.
Plaintiffs in cases that result in a jury verdict in their favor are allowed to also collect “delay damages,” or interest that begins to accrue one year after a lawsuit is filed, a provision intended to reduce delays in cases reaching trial. Should a defendant appeal a verdict, plaintiffs are also entitled to post-judgment interest if they prevail and a jury award is upheld.
Victim’s lawyer: “Something good came of something bad”
More and more, headlines across the country have been filled with news of police officers shooting innocent civilians, events that are often followed by lengthy investigations and public protests.