Peter Munsing's answer I'm sorry to hear that you had to go through this. You have a case but.....the problem is that homeowners won't cover intentional acts, and if there is no insurance unless he's worth a lot of money you will get a piece of paper saying you are entitled to money--but he won't be able to pay it. The only plus is that as intentional acts they aren't dischargeable in bankruptcy.
I know that's not at all "justice" but it's like being mugged by a wino--you have a case but after spending...
Matthew Williams' answer You can file a lawsuit against anyone for any reason, whether you will win is a different story. Generally, defamation (slander and libel) require that you prove the things is false, and damaged your reputation costing you money.
Joseph Jaap's answer It's only slander if you file a lawsuit and a court agrees that it is. Do you plan to file a lawsuit? That could be an expensive process, and take months. Otherwise, tell the future landlord the full story. Without any kind of written contract for the work you did, and no written lease, it would be difficult for you to defend against an eviction. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney to assist you.
Matthew Williams' answer It is legal to tell people the truth. It is not a crime. A civil protection order, however, does not actually require a crime. A person may seek court protection without having to prove a crime, if he or she can show a pattern of harassment.
Joseph Jaap's answer The court can issue an order not to make any statements about each other. During the divorce, if one spouse has made false statements relevant in the divorce, the other spouse can give testimony and evidence to refute those statements. Until a divorce is filed, it is more difficult to stop such statements. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local divorce attorney who can review the situation with you and discuss your options.
Matthew Williams' answer It would be difficult for him to make out a case for defamation, but he could sue you and make your life miserable for a while. Have you considered telling the story and just changing his name?
Joseph Jaap's answer File a police report. They might help. Or contact your local legal aid, or sue the landlord in small claims court for wrongful eviction and the value of your things and the cost to find alternate living arrangements.
Peter Munsing's answer Let your insurance handle it. They are pros. I'll note that often people don't feel pain after the wreck because of adrenalin, they are freaked out and want to get home, etc. So it's not necessarily bogus, and your insurance company is very used to denying claims they think are inflated so leave it to them.
Joseph Jaap's answer Depending on the reason your medical information was released, it could be a HIPAA violation. Find out what was released and to whom. If not proper, then you would need to consult a local attorney to review all the facts and determine if you have any claims. Use the Find a Lawyer tab.
Matthew Williams' answer Free speech protections do not apply to defamation, and opinions are not defamation. Defamation is a false statement of fact (not opinion) that damages a person's reputation. If I say John the surgeon is the worst, I am not uttering defamation because that's my opinion of John. If say John the surgeon left a scalpel in my body, and it is not true, that is defamation.
In all likelihood, a person living in Spain would sue you in Spanish courts because the damage done to their reputation...
Peter Munsing's answer You have two issues. One is a claim against the city or the owner of the property.You need to contact a member of the Ohio Assn for Justice in your area --they give free consultations. You can explain your injuries. You then can ask about this issue but I don't see that they can do much in that regard because Medicaid regulations say if you don't need skilled nursing around the clock you go to another level of facility. You may want to look at public housing if that's an option.
Matthew Williams' answer A defamation lawsuit requires three things: a lie someone is likely to have believed, publication, and damages resulting from the lie. Publication means letting a third-party know. Damages are where you will likely have a problem. If you were fired because of this, you might have a case, but there really isn't much here to prove you were damaged.
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