Pittsburgh civil courts recognize the suffering of accident victims by ordering negligent parties to pay damages. An Allegheny County court can order negligent defendants to compensate injured plaintiffs for losses. In wrongful death actions, surviving family members can be awarded damages for indirect injuries, like the deprivation of a loved one's companionship and financial support.
Some Pennsylvania liability cases also include an award of punitive damages. The additional compensation punishes a defendant for egregious behavior and deters repeat negligence. A Philadelphia jury recently ordered defendants to pay over $2 million in actual or compensatory damages and an extra $5 million dollars in punitive damages.