Defamation is a false statement that is communicated to a third party, which has a tendency to harm a person’s reputation. The statement can be communicated in a number of different ways, such as printing, writing, signs, pictures, words, drawings, cartoons, and even gestures. There are two main types of defamation: libel and slander. Libel is committed when someone is defamed through writing, such as a letter, email, or social media post. Slander is committed when someone is defamed through speaking, such as a phone call or in a meeting.
Type of Defamation
In this day and age, the internet, social media, and cell phones have made it extremely easy to quickly spread defamatory communications to large groups of people. A single Facebook or Twitter post has the potential of being seen by thousands of people. Emails and text messages can be copied and forwarded to large groups of people with the mere push of a button. Moreover, whatever is put in ‘the cloud’ never disappears, and has the potential of resurfacing several years after it was originally posted.
Defamation Can Be Cause for Compensation
Someone who has been defamed has the right to collect actual damages caused to their property, business, trade, profession, occupation or feelings. This includes any tangible loss suffered as a result of the defamatory statement such as lost wages, benefits, income, and profits. In some cases, when the defamatory statement was made in bad faith or with ill will, you may also be entitled to receive exemplary damages. Finally, you are entitled to be reimbursed for all of your attorney fees. Only an experienced attorney can determine whether a statement about you or your business rises to the level of defamation under the law, and can ensure that you receive the damages you are entitled to. Being the target of Defamation can be devastating to your reputation and presence in the community. It can also be devastating to your career and your business. As a result, you may be entitled to significant damages for the damages to your reputation, professional relationships, livelihood, and emotional distress.
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