In the business and professional world, your reputation is everything. When someone intentionally damages your reputation, the impact on your personal and professional life can be substantial. When the actions of another rise to the level of defamation, you may have a legal claim. Attorney Joseph Kelly Levasseur, PLLC represents clients in defamation claims in Manchester, NH, and the surrounding areas.
If you have suffered harm to your reputation as a result of defamation, call us to schedule an appointment for a consultation in our office or over the phone.
Most people think of celebrities and politicians when discussing defamation. However, defamation claims can arise in the context of employment in a few ways. While these situations may not get the attention garnered by celebrities or royalty, professional reputations can be seriously harmed by a vindictive employer or former employer.
The different types of defamation claims include:
Slander – Spoken defamation, such as on television or the radio
Libel – Written defamation, including words in print, images, and online statements
Defamation per se – Harmful statements that inherently damage a person’s reputation, such as calling someone a criminal
Defamation per quod – Statements that cause harm that may not be readily apparent to the average person
A knowledgeable Manchester defamation attorney can help you determine if your situation meets the legal definition of defamation and advise you about how to proceed. I–Attorney Joseph Kelly Levasseur–have represented victims of slander, libel, and defamation for more than 20 years and enjoy helping clients restore their reputations and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Every false statement or opinion stated as fact does not cause damage to someone’s reputation. Certain conditions must be met to bring a defamation lawsuit. New Hampshire, like most states, has laws in place to protect people from defamation.
The conditions that must be present for a defamation claim include:
A false statement – It must be shown that the defendant made an untrue statement of fact about the plaintiff.
Publication or distribution – The false statement was broadcast or published to the public.
Evidence of harm – The untrue statement caused material harm.
The legal remedies for a defamation claim include monetary compensation for the harm that was caused by the statements. This could be monetary compensation for the harm to your reputation, emotional distress, and other economic and non-economic damages, depending on the specifics of your case. Due to the complexities of this area of law, it is best to have an experienced Manchester defamation lawyer explain how New Hampshire law applies to your situation.
At Attorney Joseph Kelley Levasseur, PLLC, I offer a free consultation, so you can get reliable legal advice and learn if your situation meets the legal requirements for a defamation claim. If I take your case, you can expect quality legal representation from a highly skilled, strategic, knowledgeable, and accessible defamation lawyer.
If you believe you were a victim of defamation, call us or contact us online to arrange a consultation.