You have been the victim of an injury-causing event. Though you may not be a vindictive person, you want to make sure that the other person “pays for it” (perhaps both figuratively and literally).
Will that happen?
If the injury-causing event involves a crime committed by the wrongdoer, then it is a “criminal” case, he/she will have to answer to the criminal justice system, and yes, he/she certainly may be punished.
But if no crime committed—like an auto accident or you are injured on another’s premises, then in Arizona this is a “civil” case, meaning, an event that results in injury from another’s negligence (and not criminal conduct).
Almost universally, civil cases will be paid by liability insurance that the wrongdoer purchased before the injury-causing incident. Depending on circumstances, if his/her insurance company pays a claim, they may raise his/her insurance rates or even drop the coverage, but this would be about the only “punishment” that could be expected.
The civil law focuses more on compensating an injured person for the harm, as opposed to punishing the wrongdoer.
Questions? Please feel free to call Zachar Law Firm to get answers.