How to Make a Defamation Claim
A skilled attorney can help you make a successful defamation claim by proving:
● The statements were false
● The statements were made recklessly or maliciously
● You were harmed financially or personally by the statements made
It’s important to remember that negative opinions about you, stories told in an unflattering light, or the recounting of a true but unflattering story about you are not defamation. In these situations, a successful claim cannot generally be made.
How to Prove Your Defamation Case
To prove your defamation case, you and your attorney will have to work together to provide eyewitness or documented proof pertaining to the kind of damages you hope to receive.
– Financial Loss. To prove financial loss, you need to show that you were harmed financially by the defamatory statement. You must supply documentation such as bank statements, pay stubs, accounting statements, bills, and tax returns.
– Pain and Suffering. To prove pain and suffering, you may have to testify about the experience you suffered. You could also have an eyewitness (family member, spouse, business partner, or co-worker) testify about their observations of you following the incident.
– Mental or Physical Harm. To make a claim about mental or physical harm, you may need to have a doctor or another medical care personnel testify on your behalf.
Contact an Attorney
Defamation cases are very difficult to prove and win. The most important thing is to contact an experienced attorney right away. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we will work with you to restore your reputation and get your life back on track. If you were subject to defamation of character or public slander, contact Shlesinger & deVilleneuve today.