When someone tries to damage your good reputation is it a big and serious deal. It could cost you your job or even your credibility. It’s essential to know the difference between this person exercising their freedom of speech and your right to protect your name. The definition of defamation is any statement that hurts another reputation. There are two forms of defamation, libel, and slander. Libel if when a statement attacking your character is written or published. Slander is when a statement questioning your character is spoken. Others cannot make false statements to try to damage your reputation. You could’ve spent years building up that reputation just for them to defame it.
There are several examples of defamation and these examples may help you determine your own case. An example of libel defamation maybe if someone made a comment on an educational bloggers post. They could say something like the other party doesn’t have a degree in their discipline and therefore, they are not credible enough to teach it. This can be seen as defamation because the commenter could’ve outright lied and the victim would be discredited because of their lie. An example of slander defamation is if someone lied about a coworker stealing cash from the register and told that to another coworker. This information could ultimately reach the boss of the company and get that person fired on false claims. Another example of defamation would be falsely accusing someone of paying for reviews of their product. This could cause others to not want to buy the product, ultimately leading to less profits for the victim, because of the false accusation made by another party.
What needs to be proven
In a case for defamation, there are several factors that need to be proven. You must prove that someone has made a statement, meaning it was spoken, written or expressed in some way. You need to prove that this statement was published for a third party to see, hear, or read. An example of this would be a comment on the victim’s social media page. You then have to prove that the statement caused you injury. This could mean something like getting fired as a result of the statement. You must prove that the statement was false. A true statement would not be considered defamation. It can’t be considered someone’s opinion as well. You must also prove that the statement did not fall into a privileged category. An example of this would be if a witness testified and makes a statement that is false and causes injury, then they cannot be sued because the act of testifying at trial is privileged.
Defamation of character is far too common. It’s not fair that someone has made a false statement about you and has caused you injury. This is not a situation you want to be in but unfortunately, you may have to go through it. Social media has made it incredibly easy for others to make defamatory statements. Trying to tackle this situation alone can be extremely difficult. You need someone who is an expert on defamation. You need someone who is attentive to your specific needs and has years of experience. Defamation attorney in Los Angeles from JML Law, A Professional Law Corporation, has protected people like you for over 40 years. Call them today for a free consultation at 818-610-8800 or simply use this contact form.