What Is Defamation In North Carolina And South Carolina?

Children learn from preschool that they should tell the truth. Lies can be hurtful to others both emotionally and economically. For many people, their most valued asset is their "good name". Unfortunately, not everyone follows the rule of telling the truth, and whether it is out of a desire for personal gain or simply malice, some people chose to hurt others by spreading lies.

In our modern age where millions of people are on social media, coupled with a rise in irresponsible journalism, defamatory statements can be spread further and more quickly than ever before and do far more damage than in previous years. Attorney Ruth Smith can discuss your facts and begin the process of seeking compensation for the damage.

Defamation, Libel And Slander Law

If a person defames another person, the laws of North Carolina and South Carolina allow the victim of the defamation to sue. The term "slander" refers to defamation that is spoken to others. The term "libel" refers to defamation that is in a written form.

In order to qualify as "slander" or "libel", the defamatory statements must be false, derogatory to the victim, and the statements must be made or "published" to other people.

The statements can be made online, in printed newspapers, in television reports or simply to others verbally in the community. The more people that hear the lies and the more vicious the false allegation, the larger the damage to the victim's reputation. With social media, defamatory statements can go viral quickly and cause a great deal of damage.

Important Deadlines

There is a time limit (called statutes of limitations) on slander and libel claims in North Carolina of one (1) year. In South Carolina, the time limit is two (2) years. You need to file a civil litigation suit before this time expires. Persons who have been injured by defamation, whether it is a reckless journalist or some other person, should seek legal help before the expiration of their time limit.

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Based in Asheville, trial lawyer Ruth Smith can represent you in a defamation case anywhere in North Carolina or South Carolina. Don't delay making that call, as filing deadlines are short. Call Ruth Smith for a free initial consultation at 828-782-3832, or use the convenient online form to get started.

Each case is different. Many factors such as the severity of injuries, ability to prove liability, amount of liability insurance coverage, jurisdiction, medical expenses, and many other factors can determine the outcome of a particular case. You should not use these examples as a representation of what recovery you will obtain in your particular case, as every case is unique. Ruth Smith does not guarantee that the outcome of your case will be similar to the results listed above.