How to Prove Damages in a Defamation Case


Damages are an element to proving almost any civil claim, but is an essential element to all defamation and privacy claims. For those who have experienced online defamation and online harassment, it may seem obvious that you have sustained damage, but proving those damages in court is not as easy as it would seem. Whether you’re proving damage to your reputation, financial damages, or emotional distress, there are certain steps that you should be aware of before moving forward with litigation over false and defamatory statements.

This article from Buckingham highlights the different ways a Plaintiff can demonstrate damages for defamation.

Understanding the Basics of Defamation

In order to prove a defamation case, a plaintiff must show that there has been a false statement, about the plaintiff, that has been published and seen by members of the public, and which has caused the Plaintiff damage. While the elements of defamation may vary some from state to state, the general principle remains that there needs to be some proof of damages resulting from the defamatory statement. But how are these damages defined and how does one prove damage to reputation?