An Experienced Attorney For Defamation Claims

An individual's reputation influences every facet of his or her life. It is no surprise, then, that when someone spreads false statements about another, it can be monumentally damaging to his or her personal and/or professional life.

While free speech is protected, it does not include freedom to destroy another's credibility. People are protected from this civil wrong (or tort) by laws against defamation, libel and slander. These cases are no small undertaking. Defamation law delicately balances between the right to free speech and the right to preserve how an individual is perceived by society. Attorney Jeffrey M Hamberger represents clients throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, who have suffered tangible injury or damage from misleading or false statements made about them.

'Do I Have A Civil Litigation Case For Defamation?'

Defamation is a term that encompasses the concept of damaging another's reputation with false statements. The nature of a "damaging statement" can mean the harmful information was spoken (slander), written (libel), pictured or gestured. Essentially, any kind of communication can qualify as the "damaging statement."

Bringing a claim against another for defamation requires that the following criteria be met:

  • The statement must be heard or seen by a third party (someone other than the person who made the statement and the subject of the statement).
  • The statement must be false.
  • The statement must cause injury such as social rejection, harassment, job loss, etc.
  • The statement must not happen in a situation that is protected from accusations of defamation (i.e., witnesses testifying in court, lawmakers in the legislative chamber, etc.).

As the founding lawyer of the Law Offices of Jeffrey M Hamberger, P.C., in Rockville, Maryland, Mr. Hamberger works closely with every client he represents, giving him or her the benefit of his direct attention, his acute legal knowledge and his years of experience in litigation. If your reputation has been damaged, and it has caused a great deal of stress and loss, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey M Hamberger, P.C., online or by telephone at 301-850-4722 for a free 30-minute initial consultation.