January 25, 2019
Personal Injury Lawyer
As our personal injury lawyer can tell you, there is much confusion surrounding libel, slander, and defamation as well as when it violates someone’s civil rights. At Konrad Sherinian, we have protected the rights of a wide range of people with varying backgrounds and circumstances. One thing that many of our clients have had in common over the years is how they were badly mistreated and subsequently hurt through the actions of other individuals or companies. We are here to protect the rights of victims, and to recover their damages whenever possible.
If you were egregiously hurt by an act of defamation, we invite you to call us. You can speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer at no expense to you in an introductory consultation. We want to hear about what happened to you and determine if we can help you recover your damages.
Defamation (whether it’s libel and/or slander) is a non-bodily form of harm against someone. The resulting damages can be recovered from the perpetrator with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Below is a general explanation of both forms of defamation, but after a complimentary consultation with our personal injury lawyer, you may have a clearer idea of the strength of your case.
What is defamation?
Defamation is the damaging of someone else’s reputation by someone who writes and/or speaks an untrue statement about someone else. A victim can be defamed in the form of libel, slander, or both. Depending on the circumstances, the victim may be able to file a claim or a lawsuit against the perpetrator. A personal injury lawyer can help the victim file a personal injury claim and negotiate a settlement on their behalf. If necessary, they can also represent the victim in a personal injury lawsuit against the person who defamed them. Our personal injury lawyer can help determine if what happened to you goes far beyond the perpetrator’s right to freedom of speech.
What is libel?
Libel is a form of defamation that occurs in written form. For instance, if someone buys a billboard and on that billboard announces that a certain private individual is a thief, the individual may have grounds to file a libel suit against the billboard lessee.
What is slander?
Slander is a form of defamation that occurs in spoken form. For instance, if someone is being interviewed on radio or for a TV program and accuses a private individual of being a thief, the individual may have grounds to file a slander suit against the person being interviewed.
Who cannot seek damages for defamation?
Even if the above criteria is met, certain people cannot attempt to recover their damages. The most common examples are celebrities and major politicians.