How to Sue for Lost Income Due to Defamation of Character

People often threaten to sue for libel or slander because they claim it has defamed their character. However, most of these allegations fall to the wayside because they have no substantial evidence to prove their case.

Others, however, believe that the defamation is responsible for their job loss or failure to receive a promotion. Consequently, they want to sue for loss of income due to defamation of character. Many of these people lose their cases, however, because they don't have the legal knowledge or understanding to present their case in court, and they inadvertently miss some pertinent steps and legal applications that would otherwise ensure they get the victory.

Most of those who win their cases follow court procedure and have adequate legal support and guidance.

Book an appointment with a lawyer and explain your situation so she can understand your concerns. She will explain the full court procedure, including what you can expect from the Court and what the Court will expect from you.

Hire a lawyer if you intend to proceed with a lawsuit. You may want to interview several lawyers until you find one you are comfortable with who you can afford. Alternately, you can work out an acceptable payment plan. Most lawyers will give you up to 15 minutes of free counsel.

Give your lawyer all your documents to be used as evidence, as well as a complete list of witnesses and any other legal documents, letters, notes or statements that will support your case.

Follow your lawyer's advice and instructions regarding legal procedures and court applications. Remember that you hired her because she was a capable legal representative who has the knowledge, wisdom and experience to win your case.


Tell your lawyer everything about your case and don't assume that any facts are not important. Make sure you attend all court hearings and proceedings to show respect to the Court and prove the significance of your case.


Always tell the truth, whether you like the question asked of you or not, because this will ensure your credibility remains intact. The defence lawyer will be searching for any slip-ups or mistakes in everything you say to destroy your credibility, so don't allow any reason to be proved wrong. Do not undermine your lawyer's instructions or do anything without her full knowledge. Otherwise, you can complicate or even destroy your case. If she feels that you are not cooperating with her, she may bring a motion to the judge and ask to be dismissed from your case, leaving you on your own to challenge an experienced defence lawyer.

Things You'll Need

  • Sworn affidavits
  • List of witnesses
  • Documented supporting evidence
  • An experienced attorney
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About the Author

Ronnie Dauber is a Canadian author with six books published to date, and has been a professional writer online since 2007. She holds three college diplomas in children's and adult literature and one college diploma in business administration and common law.