Here’s What You Need to Know About Filing a Defamation Lawsuit
If you’re facing defamation, you understand just how devastating this experience can be. Unfortunately, many adults face defamation lawsuits each year. Here’s what you need to know about understanding defamation.
Personal injury comes in many forms. It’s important to remember that personal injury doesn’t simply cause physical damage or harm. In fact, sometimes personal damage can affect you socially. Defamation is the use of words or gestures to cause harm to another person. In a personal injury lawsuit involving defamation, you may face different types of defamation. Typically, there are two forms of defamation: slander and libel. All Law notes that slander typically refers to spoken defamation, whereas libel generally includes written defamation; however, in some cases, libel may include spoken defamation if there is a large audience (see resources). Defamation is a very serious personal injury that can affect you in many ways.
If you have been the victim of defamation, you may find that your reputation has been affected. Defamation can directly impact your personal lifestyle, your social circles, and your business. Because defamation can impact so much of your life, it’s important to understand that defamation lawsuits are extremely personal. It’s important that you consider exactly how extensively the slander or libel has affected your life. The judge will need to know this in order to make a sound decision regarding your case.
When you meet with an attorney, you’ll need to discuss exactly:
• What was said or written about you
• How the statement is untrue
• How the statement may be misleading
• How the statement has affected you personally
• Whether the statement has had an impact on you emotionally
• Any proof you may have regarding the statement
• When the statement was made
Depending on the type of defamation you’re facing, you may need to prove that the statement was untrue. In some cases, you may also need to provide evidence that the other party had malicious intent. Keep in mind, however, that certain types of defamation are always considered harmful and you do not need to prove that these statements are untrue. For example, if the statement involved accusations off criminal behavior or sexual misconduct, you do not need to prove whether the statement was false.
Remember that all personal injury cases have a statute of limitations. If someone slanders you and you do not act for weeks, months, or even years, you may find that the statute of limitations runs out. Because of this, it’s important to take these types of personal injuries seriously. The sooner you can meet with a lawyer and create a plan for defending your case, the more likely you are to experience a positive outcome.
It’s important to meet with a personal injury promptly. Defamation is a very serious form of personal injury. Your lawyer can discuss your case with you and let you know what your options are for moving forward, as well as what type of compensation you can expect to receive. Because defamation can impact your personal and emotional life, as well as your career, you may be eligible for different types of compensation. Don’t wait. Reach out to your personal injury lawyer today to talk about how you can move forward.