Hello again Leslie,
My name is Ben. I'm a licensed attorney. Glad to try and help out.
Sure sorry for the circumstances, truly. My heart goes out to you.
Accordingly, I'm pleased to say the law is on your side, as follows.
Disparaging one's name, especially in the context of employment with the spreading around of scandalous accusations resulting in economic loss, is a rather classic description of the tort
of defamation of character. Furthermore, your mention of such conduct coupled with your physical difficulties raise a serious issue of another tort called intentional infliction of emotional distress, which also carries monetary damages.
However, the flip side to all of this is that these rights are not afforded automatically, meaning you would have to take action to clear up your good name. You certainly have more than enough good reason to take action here based on your description. More specifically, there are serious issues of potential liability here in the nature of tort law claims such as I've outlined. That's the basic governing law, but I realize you're also seeking a practical solution for your dilemma.
So, along those lines, lies the matter of considering litigation
, as follows.
Having carefully considered everything you're shared here, and in particular considering the amount of money at issue in terms of both present but even more importantly future losses in terms of earning capacity, here is what I would recommend. There are some instances where going forward without legal counsel is a viable option. This is not one of them, however, and in all candor communication from a pro se party will receive barely more than a passing glance, to be brutally honest. I would have the case screened on the merits by a plaintiffs' trial attorney. This can only be done through having a lawyer review the circumstances. Your next step at this juncture is to confer with legal counsel, but the good news is that process is entirely free of charge to you.
I can only imagine what a stressful and trying time this is for you, so please believe me I mean it when I say I am glad to say there is a way to seek justice without having the burden of trying to pay attorneys' fees . To help folks in this online venue, I am required to follow site rules including refraining from accepting cases and/or making direct referrals to named attorneys. However, I can tell you where I would turn were I in your very shoes. Toward that end, my very next step would be to take advantage of the resources of the non-profit, American Bar Association accredited, National Board of Trial Advocacy Division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Here is a listing of all such Board Certified Civil Trial Advocates practicing in your jurisdiction (please just click the following link):Indiana
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I truly hope all works out for you.
, J.D., R.N.