As slander lawyers in Philadelphia, it is our job is to protect our clients’ reputations, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Defamation, slander, and libelous statements can cause untold damage, and we work hard to provide our clients with the best legal representation when false statements have been made about them, whether online, in print, or through oral communication. We act swiftly to pursue and address false statements, working to have them removed and to pursue every available remedy against those who have made them. When you have been the victim of slander, call the slander lawyers at Bochetto & Lentz.
Slander and libel are both areas of civil law that involve damage to a person or entity’s reputation as a result of what somebody else has intentionally or negligently said or published about them. When the statement has been written or published it is referred to as libel, while when it has been spoken it is considered slander. There are legal remedies for defamation, but in order to win your case and get you justice, slander lawyers need to be able to prove several elements. For a statement to be considered defamatory, it has to have made the subject of the statement the target of scorn, ridicule, contempt or disgrace.
Though it is sometimes difficult to prove that a statement falls into the category of libel or slander, there are certain types of statements that are considered defamatory “per se” – that means that they are automatically considered defamatory. These would include indicating falsely that a person has committed a serious, notorious or immoral crime, that they have an infectious or terrible disease, or that they are incompetent in their job, trade or profession. However, it is also important to understand that when a statement of opinion is made, it is not the same as making a statement of fact: People are permitted to state their opinion of another without it being considered defamatory. Defamatory statements need to have been made to a third party and either with the knowledge that the statement was false or with disregard or negligence as to whether the statement was true or not.
In addition to proving that you have been the victim of a defamatory statement, it is the job of a slander attorney to prove that you have suffered damages as a result of the slanderous statements that have been made. Injuries may include lost earning capacity or earning, the loss of a job, loss of stature within a community, and pain and suffering. At Bochetto & Lentz, we are firm believers that victims of slander are entitled to compensation for the disregard and damages that they have suffered, and we work hard to ensure that you get the justice you deserve. If you’ve been the victim of slander or libel, contact us immediately and let us help. Call 215-735-3900.
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