My patient is defaming me on the internet

traverselegal - July 12, 2013 - Defamation Law

Doctor defamation is one of the most common types of defamation on the internet that we see. Our web defamation, slander, and libel attorneys work with a variety of hospitals, doctors, physicians, and nonprofit organizations who are battling to protect their reputations online. Doctor defamation tends to be more common because of the emotional component of physician/patient relationships and the care being provided. The stakes are high for the patient. That emotional component often translates into false or negative commentary posted on websites, blogs, facebook, twitter, and other social media forums where defamation is as easy to post as hitting “enter” on your computer keyboard.

There are a variety of different strategies that a good, experienced internet libel attorney will consider before responding to a false statement posted about a doctor, hospital, or physician. Like many areas of internet law, handling internet defamation cases requires tremendous skill and experience. There is far more to consider than just the legal elements of a defamation, libel, or slander legal claim. Perhaps the most important factor is who you are dealing with. Understanding who posted the false statements about you is as important as any other factor. Is the person who posted about you anonymous? Do you know who the person is who posted the false statements about you on the internet? Is the person who posted negative comments or ratings a former or current patient? Do you think it is possible that one of your competitors is pretending to be a current or former patient?

Doctor defamation could cause serious harm to your business and reputation. You need to understand your options, legal claims, and get educated about the important variables in handling a doctor defamation case. Feel free to contact our office in order to learn more.

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