If a person wishes to bring a claim against you for defamation, or you are bringing a claim against somebody for defamation, the law says that a claimant has to prove that a defendant has published a permanent (libel) or non-permanent (slander) statement that damages the claimant’s reputation. Defamation can include accusations of criminal activity, dishonesty, financial concern, poor practice or anything else that makes a person look bad in the eyes of the public. It is also a requirement that the claimant prove that the statement was made about them and nobody else, which can be difficult if a statement insinuates or gestures a particular accusation.
At Muldoon Britton, we are able to assist claimants and defendants in slander or libel defamation claim cases and have many years of experience in both corporate and personal cases of defamation.
Should you wish to pursue a claim of defamation, our defamation solicitors at Muldoon Britton are able to assist you in providing evidence of statements made about you, as well as proof of the damage to your reputation. This can include a claim of malice in the knowledge that a statement of false or untrue information would damage your reputation.
On the other hand, should you find yourself in a position of having a defamation claim brought against you, we are experienced in defamation defence cases and are able to prove:
- Limitation – that a case was not brought within the 12 month timeframe
- Justification in that the statement given has solid truth to it
- Opinion defence, based on the fact that your comment is an honest opinion
If you are a subject of defamation you can sue for personal injury, even though the injury is not physical. In some instances, severe stress, upset and emotional damage can be claimed for and where depression is suffered as a result, damages and compensation can also be claimed. As court proceedings must commence within 12 months of the defamatory statement being made, it is essential that you act fast and so immediate legal advice should be sought, therefore contact Muldoon Britton today to start your case.