Slander is a legal term that is used to describe making a false and damaging statement about a person. Slander differs from libel in that it is an oral statement, where libel is printed or written, but both are types of defamation of character, and defamation is a civil crime that can be pursued in a court of law. If someone has made a false statement about you and you are considering suing them for slander, the important question that you need to address is whether their statements have caused you some type of harm. This and the ability to prove that slander has taken place are what determine whether a slander lawsuit will be successful. The experienced Philadelphia law firm of Bochetto & Lentz have an extensive record of success in representing those who have been damaged by slanderous statements. Contact us for a comprehensive review of your situation. We will provide you with the information you need to determine whether you can sue for slander.
When somebody makes a defamatory statement about you, it can cause harm in a number of ways. It can damage your professional reputation, causing clients to stop doing business with you or turn to a competitor for service. It can be the cause of you losing your job or failing to get an expected promotion, or even keep you from getting a job in the first place. If you’ve been accused of committing a crime it can cause harm to both your personal reputation and your professional reputation, and this type of defamatory statement is automatically assumed to be grounds for a defamation lawsuit, and the same is true of statements that can cause a negative feeling against you in your community, such as inflammatory comments about your ethics or your stance on controversial social issues.
In addition to causing harm to your reputation, a defamatory statement can cause financial harm. If you can show that a person made a defamatory statement against you and also show a real monetary impact of those statements, such as a loss of a particular client that relied upon the veracity of the slanderous statement, or your failure to get a job that you had been promised for the same reason, then the financial loss can be shown as a damage, and the attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz can pursue monetary compensation on your behalf. When somebody slanders you or your character, it can cause emotional harm that can result in stress, and this can lead to health problems, including depression, insomnia and physical illness, all of which cost money to treat. The costs involved in trying to restore your health and your reputation are also recoverable under the law when you win a lawsuit for slander.
The Philadelphia attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz are available at your convenience to assess the strength of your case and let you know whether you can sue for slander. Call us today to set up an appointment.
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