If someone makes a harmful, untrue statement that damages another’s reputation, this is known as slander and can have serious consequences. Defamation can be damaging, and depending on the nature of the case, you may have grounds for commencing legal action. Like all civil cases, it is not advised that you attempt to resolve the dispute yourself if you are unsure of the legalities. When making a claim of slander, it is recommended that you seek expert legal advice before proceeding.
Here at Van Eaton solicitors in Streatham Hill, we have experience in handling slander and defamation cases, presenting our clients with successful results and the damages they are entitled to. Slander cases and defamatory statements can be difficult to understand and unpick. Luckily, our expert solicitors are here to help.
The Difference Between Slander and Libel
In cases of defamation, there are two common examples: slander and libel. There is one main difference that separates the two, as libel applies to more “permanent” forms of defamation. If a defamatory statement is in written form or has been published to a website, it is known as libel, as there is visible evidence of the statement being made. A more “temporary” defamatory statement is usually spoken, such as in an interview or when it is caught on camera.
If you are the victim of defamation, it can be hard to understand whether the statement is slanderous or libellous. If you can present evidence that the statement occurred, you can seek legal advice to determine whether you have a case to pursue. However, if you wish to bring a libel or slander claim, you only have a year from the date of the publication of the defamatory statement to take legal action.
How to Make a Claim Against a Slanderous Statement
Before you investigate making a slander claim, there are certain criteria that the statement must meet for it to be considered slanderous. If the person making the untrue statement claimed it to be fact and not opinion, or it was made through a third party, you may have sufficient grounds to claim. However, some individuals making libellous statements may be protected by absolute or qualified privilege.
When seeking legal action against a slanderous statement, there are many ways that the case can be resolved. The claimant may receive damages for any loss they have experienced, such as their job. Injunctions may also be granted against the person who made the statement, preventing them from publishing any further defamatory material. The defendant may wish to make amends with the claimant by posting a retraction of the statement or issuing a formal apology. There are also various defences for a slander case, such as proof that the statement was true or if it was an opinion. If you feel doubt concerning your case, you can discuss all issues with us during your free consultation. To find out more about our previous cases involving slander, please visit us here.
How We Can Help
When someone makes a slanderous claim against you, it can cause significant distress and even financial loss. Our expert solicitors in Streatham Hill can analyse your claim and get you the result you need as efficiently as possible. To find out more, or to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation, please give us a call on 0208 769 6739. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form.