When your reputation is damaged, it can have a serious negative impact on your relationships with others, your work and your life. If you believe you have been defamed by an individual or organisation, then Stacks can provide expert assistance and advice for your particular situation.
In today’s era of modern technology, social media and blogging, defamatory messages can be created by almost anyone with a computer or smartphone and access to the internet, and you sometimes never know when you’ll become a target.
Whether someone has intentionally or unintentionally defamed you, the effect on your wellbeing is often exactly the same, and in most cases the damage is done even if a statement or defamatory message is retracted.
What is defamation?
Officially, 'defamation occurs where one person communicates, by words, photographs, video, illustrations or other means, material which has the effect or tendency of damaging the reputation of another'.
Defamation law itself, however, is a complicated and constantly changing and evolving area of the law, especially with all the rapid advances in technology which seem to be occurring on a daily basis.
In order to make a defamation claim, you must commence legal action no later than 1 year after the publication of the material that you believe to be defamatory.
In instances of severe financial loss or hardship due to defamation
In instances where you believe you have been at a significant financial hardship or loss due to
defamation, the lawyers at Stacks Law Firm may be able to help you build your case, sue the person or organisation that you believe has defamed you, and represent you in any legal proceedings, as well as try to maximise any compensation you receive in the event that the case is decided in your favour. You should be aware though that suing someone for defamation is often a lengthy and costly legal process, and the fees may be more than the compensation you will receive. The lawyers at Stacks Law Firm are more than happy to consult with you and determine the potential for compensation, and whether financially, it would be worth you pursuing a case against the defamer.
If you are being bullied or harassed online:
Being bullied or harassed online is an unfortunate occurrence for many these days. However, it rarely results in significant financial loss or lasting impact on your wellbeing. If you are being harassed or bullied by someone online, then you should:
- Refer to the Terms & Conditions of the website or social media platform on which the bullying is taking place
- Ask the person to take down the material that you believe is defamatory
- Contact the platform owner and request to have the material taken down
If you have further questions about defamation, online bullying or harassment, or believe you have been the victim of defamation that has directly resulted in significant financial loss for you or your business, then get in touch with the lawyers at Stacks today