Personal injury lawyers get a bad rap because of years of tort reform and hokey advertisements. But personal injury law is much broader than just auto accident and slip and fall cases. Every time a doctor misdiagnoses a patient causing injury, a personal injury lawyer steps in and advocates on behalf of the patient’s safety, which makes the entire community safer. The same is true when a pharmaceutical company puts profits over safety and causes injury.
But have you ever considered the fact that defamation is a personal injury, too? This injury may even be more serious than a physical injury because your reputation is at stake–and in many cases, your reputation may not be something you can fix, unlike a physical injury.
Although our right to an undefamed reputation must be balanced against the First Amendment rights of others, it’s important and must be recognized for what it is: a personal injury.