Aggressive Defamation Lawyers Protecting the Reputation of West Palm Beach Residents
The legal definition of defamation means that untrue written or spoken words were used against a person, business, or entity that caused harm to their reputation and/or earning capability. A good example of defamation could be that someone wrote a scathing review of your business, citing things that did not actually take place as the cause of their dissatisfaction, resulting in a drop in paying customers. Another example would be if you lost your job because a colleague spread untrue rumors about you to your boss. Whatever the circumstance, you have legal rights to restore your reputation.
Slander & Libel
People often ask what the differences between defamation, libel, and slander are. Libel and slander are both types of defamation, with libel being written or published and slander being spoken or broadcast false statements. Both fall under civil law and both are illegal. One other thing we often remind clients is that it is not defamation if it’s true. Fortunately, we can’t be sued for simply saying something unkind about one another.
Further Damage in the Digital Age
One disadvantage of readily available and mass consumed digital content means that words can travel at lightning speeds. We’ve seen time and time again how a rumor or fake news story can spread like wildfire on social media before it can be disputed. At that point there is the risk that most people won’t see the retraction and will continue believing said falsity. This is why we recommend taking legal action as soon as possible if someone has committed defamation against your good name.
Restoring Your Reputation
You don’t have to fight dishonesty on your own. We can help you build your case and hold those responsible for unfairly tarnishing your persona accountable in court. If you’ve lost wages, clients or experienced pain and suffering due to the lies of someone else, you deserve to be compensated. Contact Thompson & Thomas, P.A. for the legal help you deserve.