If an employer has made false statements in order to intimidate or fire an employee, that employer could be liable for defamation. Because defamation is a type of personal injury, victims can be awarded personal damages for any financial losses that may have stemmed from the libel or slander, as well as for any emotional suffering they may have experienced as a result. In some cases, the victim may also be awarded punitive damages, which are intended to hold offending parties accountable for their actions.
In order to obtain compensation for financial or emotional suffering, the employee must prove that defamation occurred. This can be surprisingly difficult, as mere statements of option or negative (but true) statements do not constitute defamation. Additionally, if the employer’s statement was false, it is only considered defamation if he or she explicitly knew it to be false. If the employer truly believed that he or she was making a true statement, it may be difficult to prove defamation.
Due to the complexity involved in proving defamation, it is essential to work with an attorney who boasts a long history of success in personal injury cases involving slander. Alexander G. van Broek has worked extensively in this specific area of employment and personal injury law. If you are unsure about your ability to prove defamation, he can help you determine whether your case is worth pursuing.
The Defamation Lawsuit Process
The lawsuit process for defamation cases begins with an extensive investigation. During this time, the attorney gathers as much information about the statement as possible, ideally discovering the context in which the statement was made. In addition to interviewing the client, the attorney must seek evidence from witnesses who agree to cooperate. If the attorney and client decide to proceed, the case can either be settled via settlement or in court. The vast majority of defamation cases are settled before they go to trial. Regardess of the chosen approach, Alexander G. van Broek has the legal knowledge and negotiation skills necessary to secure a satisfactory case resolution.
If you believe you have been the victim of defamation, you owe it to yourself to seek compensation while holding the offending employer accountable. A passionate lawyer with a thorough understanding of defamation law, Alexander G. van Broek will help you secure the remuneration you deserve and move on with your life.