A jury in a federal injury lawsuit has awarded $21.5 million in damages to a vacationing businessman from Illinois who suffered injury aboard a cruise ship owned by defendant Holland America that was sailing around the world in 280 days. Plaintiff suffered a minor brain injury when he was struck in the head by the sliding glass door.
That may seem like an astronomical sum, but part of the reason it was so high was because the jury awarded $16.5 million in punitive damages.
In Florida, per F.S. 768.72, punitive damages in a civil lawsuit can only be claimed where a defendant acts with either: