What damages are available for libel or slander?

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: Jun 29, 2022

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If you have been defamed, you may seek both actual damages to recover from the economic harm that you have suffered, and punitive damages to punish the person who made the remark and also to serve as an example to deter others.

If the defamation improperly accused you of a crime or reflected poorly on your profession, the court or jury may award damages. For other types of defamation, you must prove monetary losses to be able to recover. Consult an experienced libel and slander attorney to evaluate your claim and advise you on whether a lawsuit is worthwhile.

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