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Dealing With Slander

20th March 2009
By rudi oneil in Legal
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When a slander is committed then it is not to be mistaken as anything other than a facet of personal injury: if you have been a victim of slander than you are entitled to personal injury compensation. To define slander is to say that something has been said by a person in relation to anther person, resultant in reputation damage. Slander can also be described as a statement or a report about a person that is malicious and/or false. It is the ridicule and disrespect that a comment generates that makes an act of slander so injurious.

Another term that gets bandied about alongside slander is libel. Libel is the same as slander but is focused toward the written word and also any pictures that may be printed that prove to be injurious to the reputation of another. It is often difficult for a case of slander to be proved and this is due in no small part to the fact that it must be proved that there is no element of truth in a comment that is ostensibly slanderous. Should it be proved legally that there is any element of truth in an ostensibly slanderous comment then it is common for slanderous grounds to be dismissed.

There are certain folk within society that due to their employment are in a position whereby they transcend everyday ordinary slander rules. Here of course it is solicitors and judges that are being referred to. The reason that the likes of judges and solicitors are given this privilege is because they often have to say things that may be perceived as defamatory in order to be able to come to a conclusion as to what the truth is. It is important that such immunity is granted to certain individuals as if it were not then it would doubtless prove impossible for a person to prove that an act of slander had been committed against them.

When a person wants to get all of the compensation that is allocated to them as a result of slander then it is of the utmost importance that that person makes a demand that the slanderous party retract the statement that was slanderous. It is important that time restrictions are observed in relation to doing this. A person has just 20 days in which to demand a retraction when they find that an act of slander has been committed against them. Once the retraction has been made then the slandered person can claim for all of the losses that were suffered in the amount of time that existed between the slanderous statement being made and the retraction being issued.

If person is to stand any chance of being successful with a claim for slander then the law says that they have to make a claim within a year of discovering that something that they feel to be slanderous has been said. There are cases that are unique in the sense that actual damage to reputation does not have to be proved. Such cases are those whereby somebody has been implicated in crimes or sexual perversions, or when a person has suffered a serious illness as the result of slander. As with all personal injury cases it is important that a victim makes sure that they are represented by a well versed legal professional.

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