Using slander lawyers to help with your case

 

There are two types of defamation action: slander and libel. The distinction between them is based on the medium by which, or the manner in which, the defamatory statement is published.

Libel refers to defamatory statements which are made in writing, in film, by broadcast, or in a similarly permanent manner.

Slander refers to defamatory statements which are made orally, or by gesture, or in a similarly transient manner.

More detail on slander

If someone says something about you that isn’t true and brings your reputation into disrepute, this may constitute slander. Under the Defamation Act 1996, you could take the person to court and claim compensation if your case is successful.

Slander law is a type of defamation claim and is very similar to the laws of libel. If you are not sure if slander has actually taken place, consult specialist slander lawyers before you take any action, as taking someone to court over a charge of slander can be very expensive.

Your slander lawyers will be working with what is called tort law. Under slander law, you have to prove that

  • The statement was defamatory
  • The statement was published
  • The plaintiff can be identified by the statement

The judge then takes this into consideration when deciding on how much compensation or damages you must be paid. The law attempts to attach a value to the distress you have felt and the loss you have suffered because of the slanderous comments.

As the level of damage can be open to debate, slander lawyers are essential, as they can give you an indication of what they think a reasonable and realistic amount of compensation is, and argue your case in court on your behalf. The loss that you are claiming the slanderous comments have caused you is generally the most difficult component of your case to prove in court.

Evidentiary burden

This is particularly so with slander actions, as slander is notoriously more difficult to establish, in part due to its transient nature. The evidentiary burden can thus be difficult to discharge. A slander lawyer can discuss the circumstances of your situation to determine whether a case would hold up in court.

Slander actions are also more complex in that they require an additional element to be proved: that damage or loss resulted as a consequence of the defamatory statement.

There are limited exceptions to this requirement. Damage is presumed if the spoken words accuse the claimant of:

  • Being unfit for his or her office, business or profession
  • Committing a crime
  • Having a contagious disease

A slander lawyer can discuss other exceptions that may apply to your situation.

Defamation is a highly complex area of law and slander is the more complex out of the two types of defamation. Slander lawyers have experience and knowledge of the complex laws that surround slander, defamation generally, and tort law. Locating qualified slander lawyers is your first step; Contact Law can put you in touch with slander lawyers that are local to you.

For more information on slander, see our guidance page on suing for slander.

Do you suspect you have a slander claim and want to know the next steps? Contact Law can put you in touch with a specialist defamation solicitor who can represent you in court and achieve the most compensation possible for your case. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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