The general rule in Florida is that statements made in court or in court pleadings are not actionable as libel or slander. If he has made these statements in places other than the above, you have to prove that someone believed the statements to your detriment. The hardest element to prove in a libel or slander case is the economic value of your damages. Often the costs of pursuing such a case are more than you will be awarded by the jury.
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I agree with the other answers, except if the car wreck involve a death. The statute of limitations in a death case is 2 years.
Defamation cases are difficult because you have to prove that what was said was not true and that someone believed it to your detriment. In your case needing to prove, in this difficult job market, that the untrue statements were the reason that you have not been hired by an other employer. Unless that can be proven, showing damages will be a difficult hurdle. If, you can't prove damages, then it would not be economically feasible to pursue the claim. Unlike large corporations, the average...