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Defamation, Libel, And Slander…Oh My. Written or Spoken Words Can Cause Serious Damage

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” How many times did you hear or say that during your lifetime? Is it really true? Even though you may put up a front that the words did not hurt you, inside you know they did. Written or spoken words can seriously damage or hurt your reputation, business, family life, or profession. Here at the nationally recognized Beasley Law Firm, we have successfully represented professionals, physicians, lawyers, judges, teachers, business owners, and political leaders, in libel and slander cases as well as others who have been defamed.

Just think about it, we are now in an era where it is just not harmful words printed in a newspaper or a blurb on the radio that can hurt us for a day or two. We now have email, cell phone pictures, uploads, videos, forums, blogs, Internet groups, list serv’s, and social media sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter that can spread very hurtful and damaging words, pictures, videos, or comments to hundreds or thousands of people in a very short period of time. Once that information is out in the cyber world or on the “Web”, it is very difficult to remove that information quickly, so the damage it causes you, or your family, is prolonged and not only cause you emotional distress or embarrassment, but death. Many victims who are defamed tragically end their life due to the embarrassment or humiliation the words caused.

As an example, we just recently heard or read about Tyler Cementi who was a freshman at Rutgers University, who tragically ended his life by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge after his roommate posted video’s of Tyler having consensual intimate relations with his same sex partner. Dharun Rivi, Tyler’s roommate, not only posted the video on the Web, but also did “tweets” on Twitter about what he videotaped. A few days later, Clementi posted on his Facebook wall, “Jumping off GW Bridge, sorry.” What did Tyler Clementi do to have to be sorry for?

Sadly, Tyler’s death is just a harsh reminder of how hurtful or devastating, videos, pictures, written or spoken words can be. Hurtful words, pictures or videos that are said or posted can destroy families, ruin businesses, ruin professional lives or cause someone to take their own life. Families have been torn apart, lives ruined, businesses destroyed, profession’s ruined, and lives lost all because someone decided to say, post, or write something nasty or inaccurate about another person or business.

Here at the Beasley law firm, we are very familiar with how defamation, libel, and slander can totally destroy lives or businesses. Since 1958, the Beasley Law Firm has represented public figures, politicians, high ranking officials, television personalities, journalists, business owners, teachers, and many others that have been seriously harmed by hurtful written or spoken words, pictures or videos.

The nationally recognized Beasley libel, slander and defamation law firm is the firm you want to contact if you think you may have a defamation, libel, or slander case. The Beasley Pennsylvania defamation law firm is where doctors, journalists, business owners, attorneys, and political leaders have turned to when they were defamed and our success shows that we not only got compensation for them for their pain and losses, but also cleared their names.

Our collective knowledge and experience assisted in winning two of the largest verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $907 million and $104 million, as well as countless other multimillion dollar judgments and confidential settlements on behalf of our clients. If you or a loved one has suffered due to defamation, libel or slander, contact one of our experienced Philadelphia defamation lawyers. As always, we offer a zero fee guarantee which means that if we don’t make a recovery on your behalf, you don’t owe us a dime. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation.

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