Libel and Slander
Defamatory publications are those that are likely to injure a person’s reputation by diminishing their esteem, respect, good will, or confidence; and in turn, may also deter others from wanting to associate or deal with that person. Libel and slander are two of the most common types of defamation. Libel deals with written defamation, such as newspaper, online postings, articles, blogs, graffiti, and more. Slander involves oral defamation, such as public statements, rumors, videos, and more. Both types can come with some legal consequences.
Common Damages and Losses
When a person is “defamed” by another person, entity, or organization, there are consequences suffered as a result. This person can be scorned, ridiculed, hated, and shamed within their community because of a false accusation or statement about them. In more serious cases, slander situations can be on an even larger scale than just their community, especially if they are famous or well-known in the public eye. In other cases, slander can cause many losses, such as child custody, employment, friends, and family support.
If a person, organization, or other entity commits libel against a falsely accused person, it can result in a lawsuit, and more than likely not end in favor of the slanderer. Defamation is recognized under Tort Law. If you believe you are a victim of defamatory publications or statements, contact an experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyer for professional guidance. You could be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses that resulted from the defamation.
Establishing a Defamation Case
The framers of the Indiana Constitution placed a great deal of value on a person’s reputation, stating, “All courts shall be open; and every person, for injury done to him in his person, property, or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law.” Here in Indiana, to establish a case for defamation, a plaintiff must first assert that the statement was false, followed by demonstration of the following factors:
❶ A COMMUNICATION WITH A DEFAMATORY IMPUTATION