Pittsburgh Invasion of Privacy Lawyer
Skilled Attorney Helping Victims Throughout Western Pennsylvania
Though the culture of privacy in the modern world is quickly changing — increasingly, people have grown comfortable with exposing their lives to the public on various social media platforms, from the minutiae of their daily regimen to their most controversial personal and political opinions — the fundamentals of privacy law have remained a stable bedrock on which plaintiffs can rely.
Though Pennsylvania law provides plaintiffs with several causes of action to recover for invasion of privacy, pursuing an invasion of privacy claim can be quite complicated and requires very specific argumentation. It is therefore critical that you work with a skilled attorney who has experience litigating invasion of privacy claims. To setup, a free consultation, call The Law Office of Mark A. Smith at (412) 567-9598.
Invasion of Privacy Basics
Pennsylvania law separates invasion of privacy claims into four different causes of action — in the state of Pennsylvania, you are protected against:
- Intrusion upon your seclusion;
Intentional interference with your private life that would be highly offensive to an ordinary person, causing shame, humiliation, etc.
- Appropriation of your name or likeness;
Someone uses your name or likeness to benefit themselves (perhaps for marketing purposes, or to lend themselves legitimacy), without consent.
- Un-consented publicity given to your private life;
Someone publicizes private facts of your life that an ordinary person would find highly offensive. The fact has to be private and not be a matter of public concern (i.e., a politician whose private scandal is publicized could not bring this claim).
- Defamation (i.e., libel and slander);
Someone publicizes a false statement or other statements that are designed to create a false narrative about you. The result of such false statement has to be highly offensive to the ordinary person.
Bear in mind that if you wish to recover on your invasion of privacy claim, the lawsuit must be filed within a year of the alleged injury. If you do not file a claim before the year deadline, you may lose your right to recover and therefore to be compensated for the damages caused by the privacy invasion.
Damages Available for Invasion of Privacy
The damages available in an invasion of privacy lawsuit vary widely depending on the circumstances of the case. For example, where one invasion of privacy claim may rely on vague assertions of lost business, another plaintiff may clearly demonstrate that they lost their job due to the invasion of privacy at issue.
Damages might potentially include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Medical expenses (i.e., cost of psychological therapy)
- Emotional distress
- Injury to one’s social standing and quality of life
Contact The Law Office of Mark A. Smith Today To Discuss Your Case in Allegheny County
If you have suffered from an invasion of privacy, you may be entitled to damages under Pennsylvania law.
In an invasion of privacy lawsuits, a successful result requires both well-executed strategy and creative argumentation. As such, it’s important that you consult with an attorney like Mark A. Smith, who has not only helped clients recover damages for their invasion of privacy claims in the past, but who also puts client-engagement first — when working with Attorney Smith, you can rest assured that you will be able to communicate any questions or concerns and that he will take the time to respond.
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To connect with Attorney Smith, please call (412) 567-9598 or fill out the online contact form for a free consultation. During and after the consultation, Attorney Smith will assess your claims, identify a legal strategy for moving forward, and execute said strategy.