You know that old saying “stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Well, that’s not quite true and we all know it. Words can have an impact that far exceeds any physical damage a person can suffer, especially if you and your company are worth millions. What is defamation, and is it considered a part of personal injury? You might be delighted to know that, yes, defamation is a part of personal injury law.
Defamation (or slander) occurs when a person knowingly or unknowingly uses a written or verbal statement in order to damage someone’s reputation. What happens when defamation turns into bullying? If the other party causes you significant emotional or psychological distress, then you’ve suffered a personal injury and have the right to sue for damages.
If you own or co-own any stake in a company and that company’s ability to earn is damaged by someone who defamed you, then you have suffered a “personal injury” in the form of monetary loss, and you have the right to sue based on that.
Although not always, sometimes you must prove that the defamation was false. Either way, damage can be done to your character, and you shouldn’t ignore it.
It is important to seek appropriate legal counsel as soon as possible for cases such as these because defamation is difficult to prove. The faster you begin to document what happened and collect information relevant to your case, the better your chances of success. The reason it can sometimes be difficult to beat the assailant in court is because the Constitution protects free speech. If you have a journal documenting the distress you’re in now that the attack has occurred, then you can win.
If your business or personal life has suffered due to someone defaming you, then don’t hesitate to contact or call our personal injury attorney. We will launch an investigation and get you the compensation you deserve.