What damages are available for libel or slander?
UPDATED: February 5, 2020
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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.