When you feel that your good name has been dragged through the dirt, reach out to a personal injury lawyer Green Bay, WI can rely on from Hickey & Turim, SC. Most people work hard so that they do not have a bad reputation. However, when one or more people come forward and begin defaming your character by stating or writing falsehoods, this can tarnish your good name. If you believe you have what you need to file a defamation lawsuit, it may be best to do so with the help of an attorney. While not a physical injury, this type of personal injury can damage your reputation and cause others to base their opinions of you on total falsehoods.
Defamation Law in Wisconsin
Different states will have their own laws regarding defamation. In Wisconsin, defamation may be considered:
- A false or untrue statement that someone writes or states orally
- A statement that was said intentionally to damage a person’s reputation and could be done so that others do not associate with this person or wish to work with this person
Defamation “Per Se”
This is also known as “libel per se” or “slander per se.” This kind of case occurs when the statement made by the defendant is so clearly defamatory that the plaintiff does not necessarily need to bear the burden of presenting overwhelming evidence. This could be when the defendant makes a statement alleging information about the plaintiff’s profession or a criminal offense.
What if the statement is an opinion?
A Green Bay, Wisconsin personal injury lawyer knows that when it comes to defamatory statements, a huge factor in the case will be whether the statement was opinion or written or stated as fact. For example, if a person writes a negative statement that is pure opinion, this will not typically be something a person can file a defamation lawsuit over. Additionally, if the defamatory statement was made directly to the plaintiff and not a third party, it will be hard to prove that this statement is ruining their reputation when no one else has heard it.
Damage can be recovered by showing a loss of status or loss of business clients. These can typically be easy to show if you suddenly have a lower standing in your community or are losing business when you were previously extremely successful.
If you would like to file a defamation lawsuit, see how a personal injury lawyer in Green Bay, Wisconsin from Hickey & Turim, SC can help you now.