Compensation in Case of Defamation: What Should You Do?

There have been many cases where individuals have been accused of defamation. There are often reports about money paid as compensation. Defamation compensation claims are also often claimed by companies.

  • If you as an individual or your company has been defamed in any way, you should consider applying for a compensation as defamation is a wrongful act and affects not only the company or individual reputation, but also may lead to emotional, psychological and financial stress which may take years to overcome.
  • If you do not know much about the ins and outs of the proceedings of the compensation methods, you can always ask for a solicitor’s advice. Any solicitor who is experienced and has a good reputation amongst his customers can help you out and increase your chances of successfully claiming compensation – try select one at Solicitors Guru
  • You might often think that affording a solicitor is too expensive. In these cases, you can additionally look for the way in which you need not pay if you are not successful in claiming compensation – check out more about that in the clarification on no win no fee deals.

In order to help solicitors help you out, you first need to ensure that you fully co-operate with them and provide them with all the evidence that they need. Any proof and witness that can speak up in favor of the defamation is a huge plus.

So how exactly, do you define defamation?

While defamation has a broad definition, it is generally defined as a false statement made by someone against another person or organization which can lead to loss of reputation, business losses, negative impact on character etc. If this claim was made through speech, it is known as slander, while making a written defamatory statement is said to be libel.

When to apply for compensation for defamatory remarks:

1)      You need to have proof that the remark made was defamatory and that all the losses for which you are claiming compensation are a direct result of such a remark. You have to keep in mind, that an insult isn’t enough for a claim. The remark should be big enough to actually cause discredit in the minds of people.

2)      A third person should also know and acknowledge that such a remark was made.

3)      The victim of the remark should be evident from the remark.

4)      The remark should be directly linked to a loss of business, loss in reputation and character discredit.

Damages incurred due to defamatory remarks

1)      Actual Damages: These are damages in which actual money was lost. Examples include loss in business or psychiatrist fees during sessions initiated directly as a result of the statement.

2)      Assumed damages: These are normally damages such as damage to reputation in which the damage although not immediately visible, is assumed to be present as a result of the remark.

3)      Punitive damage: These refer to the money lost to punish the defendant.

While there is no fixed amount or guidelines for applying for defamation, if you have sufficient proof, you should consider applying for compensation.