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Charleston Defamation, Libel and Slander Attorneys

0122Protecting your reputation is critical. Damage to your reputation can result in loss of important relationships, opportunities, and employment. The legal term “defamation” includes both slander (spoken) and libel (written). Defamation can broadly be defined as a false statement that is spoken, written or otherwise communicated about another person that could harm that person’s reputation.

Unlike other areas of law such as basic negligence, one can be guilty of defamation even if they did not intend to cause injury or harm. The ability to extensively harm others through untrue statements has increased through the proliferation of internet and cellular communications. Whether on Facebook, through other social media platforms, texting, posting, websites or traditional means of communication, the ability to cause widespread and irreversible damage to one’s reputation has become alarming.

At the same time, we are becoming increasingly aware of the value of our reputations. For the first time, search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing can make untrue statements posted by one individual readily available to the entire world. Often it is difficult, if not impossible, to have such posts removed through these large search engines that take no responsibility for hosting such damaging and defamatory information.

Taking fast action can be of the utmost importance when it comes to protecting your reputation. While individuals may have the right to voice their opinions, defamation is illegal and can result in recovery and compensation as well as injunctions and removal of the offending statements or materials.

What is Defamation?

According to South Carolina Defamation Law, “Defamation” means:

  • A false and defamatory statement was made and published
  • The statement was about and in reference to the claimant specifically
  • The statement was unprivileged and published to a third party
  • The statement caused special harm to the plaintiff or was extremely defamatory, regardless of whether it caused harm
  • The defendant made the statement

Even where there is no proof of any harm, an individual may still recover where the statement had the potential for extreme harm, or the defamatory statement is considered “defamation per se.”

Consult with a Charleston Defamation Attorney

At Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, we understand the importance of your reputation. While South Carolina is growing rapidly, many of our towns retain that small community atmosphere where defamation can have huge consequences. If you think you may have been defamed, it is imperative that you reach out to us to understand your rights and to obtain professional advice. Responding quickly and decisively can be essential in preserving your reputation and recovering compensation. To speak with an attorney at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group about the specifics of your claim directly, please call our offices today at (843) 720-0810.

The inclusion of specific practice areas on the Clawson & Staubes: Injury Group website is informational in nature and is not an exhaustive listing of the areas of law in which the attorneys at Clawson and Staubes practice. Nothing contained in this website is intended to compare the type or quality of our services to the type or quality of any other lawyer or law firm’s services or to imply specialization or certification by any organization not previously approved by the South Carolina or North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.