Though most personal injury claims involve motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, dangerous or defective products, professional malpractice, or work-related injuries, there are other injuries for which individuals may seek damages:
Generally, defamation requires “publication.” For slander, this means that the statement must be made to or heard by some person other than the speaker. For libel, publication requires that the false statement be fixed in a tangible medium, i.e., put on paper or in some form where it can be seen by others. To constitute defamation, the false statement must be a statement of fact.
Statements of opinion are never subject to defamation claims. Because defamation requires a false statement of fact, truth is considered an absolute defense to a claim of libel or slander. In addition, several exceptions have been carved out of the rule, including an exception for certain statements about people who are considered “public figures,” and therefore considered to have invited attention and commentary.
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