New York courts have evolved over the years to a certain degree, especially regarding punitive damages associated with civil claims. Whether plaintiffs have survived a pedestrian or vehicle accident or a loved one died as a result of someone's negligence, the loss is still the same. Most survivors respond to this emotional upheaval with a sincere desire to punish whoever is responsible.
An example of this strong wish for accountability is shown in a case on the west coast. A daughter is suing a huge banking organization because she claims its foreclosure of her mother's home was deadly.