Plaintiffs in asbestos exposure cases claim both economic and non-economic damages for their injuries. Injured persons can recover the cost of past and future medical care; the cost of necessary rehabilitation; lost past and future wages; lost earning capacity; lost enjoyment of life; emotional distress; and, past and future pain and suffering. In addition, an injured person may also recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended not to compensate the victim for his or her losses, but to punish the defendant’s wrongful conduct. Although punitive damage awards receive a lot of media attention, they are in fact quite rare. The amount of punitive damages awarded is usually based on the wealth of the defendant and the magnitude of its wrongful conduct. Some states require that a portion of punitive damages awards be paid to the state.