What are slander and libel and what do you have to prove?

Slander is oral defamation. It is defamation that occurs when someone speaks to someone else. Libel on the other hand is written defamation, which is sent to someone else via paper or electronic communication. In order to prevail in a defamation claim, you must be able to show the following: that someone made a statement, that the statement was published either orally or written, that the statement caused you an injury, that the statement was indeed false and that the statement itself was not protected.

You must be able to show that the statement caused an injury. It must have caused you some damage such as losing your job. The statements made must also be false. If they are true, that is an absolute defense, and you will not have a claim for defamation. If someone makes a statement at a trial and does so under oath, if it is defamatory, they cannot be charged with defamation because they testified at a trial which is a privileged communication.

Someone made false statements about me online, is that defamation?

Yes, if someone used social media to spread false accusations about you and you suffered an injury as a result, that would be considered libel and you would have a cause of action against that individual. These electronic communications, whether they happen on Facebook or Twitter or the like, are considered the same as traditional forms of written communication. You have a right to sue someone for the defamatory statements just as if they had done so in a written and not electronic format.

What sort of damages are you entitled to for defamation in Florida?

If you are able to successfully prove defamation, you can of course recoup damages related to your actual monetary losses. In addition, you can recoup damages for mental anguish and emotional distress caused by the defamation. There may also be an award of punitive damages depending on the actual motives behind the defamatory statements.

Contact the Attorneys at the Lopez Law Group Today!

Have you been defamed by someone and suffered an injury as a result? Whether it was in written form or spoken, you may have a civil claim against that person for defamation of character. When someone spreads false information about you, it can be hurtful not only personally, but also professionally. These words can cause you to lose your job, your family and more. If you feel as though you have been affected by a defamatory statement and would like to seek justice, give the attorneys at the Lopez Law Group a call today to see if we can assist. We can be reached at 727-933-0015. Our attorneys are standing by ready to speak with you to see if you have a viable claim.