My wife had a breast aug procedure that was fine until a dr. did an uncommon procedure to resolve scar tissue in which he caused severe trauma to the breast. After that happened we lost confidence and decided to have the corrective surgery somewhere else. We scheduled an appt with the doc and requested that he pay to have fixed what he had done wrong and he declined so we said we would exercise legal options at that point and left. Today, i was called into my boss's office because this Dr. told a friend of his who holds a very high positional authority over me that I found him out in town and threatened him with bodily harm. I didn't do this at all! But now my job thinks I did that and I'm currently up for review for a new position and I am certain I won't be considered now.
Accusing one of a crime can be defamation per se and the remedy can include actual damages along with punitive damages. You should choose a good lawyer because more facts are needed for a proper evaluation, and you may have to take some actions before filing suit. (Don't post more facts on this or any other public forum).
I agree you should look into contacting someone. Call the Virginia Bar lawyer referral service for someone with that type of experience in your area: http://www.vsb.org/vlrs/
It does sound like you have a case for the tort of "defamation." You should retain an attorney to review this for you.
Although incidents of defamation happen often, the damage is usually insignificant. Your case is one of the few which will interest an attorney because this defamation of your character appears to be having a severe financial result.
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