Although defamation is not anything like a physical type of assault, it can and does cause immense damage to one’s reputation, especially when it is in the form of internet defamation; it can also cause psychological and emotional stress to the victim of the defamation. This article will let you know if you can sue for defamation if you think that you might be a victim of it.

Many times people have different questions regarding how to sue for defamation. People will wonder: “Can I sue for defamation?” and the answer to that is yes. However, before we get into all of that, let’s take a closer look at defamation and see what needs to be present before someone can sue for defamation of character.

Defamation of character is truly a serious offense and the sad thing is that the perpetrators get away with it most of the time. Defamation is when someone writes or verbalizes malicious and untrue statements regarding another person. We actually see examples of this every single day. When the defamation truly affects the well being and/or the social standing of the victim is when it can and should be tried by the courts.

Examples of Defamation

  • If an employer (past or present) says bad and untrue things about a person to a prospective employer and this causes the person to be rejected for the job in question then it is considered to be defamation.
  • Publishing defamatory statements or remarks about a person that lead to the emotional discomfort of the person in question is a form of defamation.
  • If someone publicly accuses someone else of things that they haven’t done, this is also a form of defamation, sue them.
  • If you make false statements about someone to someone else and that affects the person’s reputation and prospects then you have just committed an act of defamation of character.

Can you sue for defamation?

Finding out who can sue for defamation is relatively easy. All that a person needs to do in order to find out if they can sue a person for defamation is to pick up the phone and call an attorney. When you think that you have a case and can sue, defamation needs to be proven by you. Here are some of the things that you need to know:

  • Suing for defamation is a definite possibility if you contact an attorney who will represent you in the court system.
  • You need to make sure that you let your attorney know each of the facts and/or aspects that are related to the case from start to finish.
  • Realize that if you withhold any facts at all, this could be detrimental to your case.
  • After the attorney goes over the case, he will give you legal advice on whether or not to sue.
  • If he advises you to pursue the case then he will find different strategies to present your case to the court.
  • Be aware that while it is easy to sue for defamation, winning can be a long and arduous process that you may or may not be successful with.
  • Also keep in mind that any type of legal battle is not easy. You need to have much patience and faith in the system, which can be an exceedingly difficult thing to do.
  • You must present any and all recordings or statements that you have in order to prove that a deliberate defamation attempt was made by the defendant.
  • Courts rely on witnesses and proof to render judgments and as the plaintiff you should be prepared to produce both of these things as needed.
  • If you win your suit, you can then make a claim for monetary compensation.

Before you do all of this and go through the process, you must be prepared in every way possible. Suing for defamation can indeed take some time, but it can certainly be worth it. Not only is there potential for great monetary compensation, it can also bring you peace of mind. No one wants to be a victim of defamation. But it’s good to know that you don’t have to let it affect you forever. There is a way to bring justice. So if you are ready to get started today, contact a defamation attorney and get started on the path to peace of mind.













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Posted on Feb 3, 2014

About the Author

Lane Houk is a recognized internet marketing and reputation expert. Lane regularly speaks to business owners of all types about online reputation management and marketing and why it is imperative for professionals and companies to pro-actively manage their online reputation and take immediate steps if/when someone posts a negative review or worse, lies, about you or your company online. Online defamation can have devastating effects on your business and your professional career.

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