Punitive Damages are a form of punishment awarded in addition to a personal injury settlement or jury verdict in order to deter an individual or corporation from doing that act again that has caused you injury in the future. Most often, punitive damages come in the form of a monetary settlement in addition to the jury verdict. For example: “A drunk driver rear-ends you and causes you personal injury. The jury awards you $10,000 settlement for your medical bills and pain and suffering, and an additional $10,000 in punitive damages