Part of the dynamic I believe as an attorney who specializes in online and internet defamation of character, as well as doctor defamation is that in many instances it’s a blame the messenger situation. Where the physician is generating bills which are sometimes very onerous on patients who can’t pay them. That doctors are the ones who are providing their patients with bad news sometimes about their health condition. That not every patient can be cured, and therefore the blame the doctor phenomena will spit out this anger that is sometimes expressed on the internet. So doctors are sometimes subject to unfair and unwarranted commentary by their patients; and in some instances by other doctors who are posing as patients. Sometimes that commentary will involve false statements of fact about the doctor, which can meet the test of defamation of character under state law.
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Doctors have a special relationship with their patients, and patients often have extremely high expectations of doctors. Complicating things is the fact that you’ve got health insurance which may or may not cover certain procedures, you’ve got all these different influences on medical care, and pathways of health and clinical diagnosis. And so, there’s this tremendous opportunity for that often amazing doctor-, physician-patient relationship to go astray.
Defamation of character on the internet became real for Sarah Jones, a high school English teacher and member of the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleading squad. A defamatory post on www.thedirty.com indicated that she had sex with the entire Bengals football team. A picture taken and posted on the thedirty.com was taken out of context for the purpose of attacking Ms. Jones’ reputation. Her reputation as a school teacher was dramatically affected. In the article just posted on Anderson Cooper’s website (Bengals Cheerleader Confronts Website Owner for Defamation of Character), there’s an interesting discussion of the history of this now well-known case as well as a video wherein Jones confronts the owner of the website thedirty.com who claimed Section 230 Immunity from liability. Continue reading Website Defamation of Character Smackdown »
Internet defamation against a doctor or physician is becoming much more common because of it is so easy for anyone to post a doctor ‘rating’ on a web site. Web sites such as Google Places, AVVO, www.healthgrades.com, www.ratemds.com, www.vitals.com, angieslist.com and a variety of other rating and review web sites.
Too often, the review, comment or rating is a purposely untrue statement by a disgruntled patient, competitor or anonymous person. A doctor’s reputation is defamed and search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing return the false statement every time someone searches for that doctor’s name. Libel on the internet can cost a doctor more than their reputation for life. It can put them out of business.
Understanding how to handle these issue requires real expertise not only in defamation, slander and libel law but also internet law. Understanding how to deal with web site hosts, user generated content (UGC), Communications Decency Act (CDA) immunity are primary for an attorney looking to help a doctor with on-line defamation issues. We can help. Contact us today to learn more about legal options for doctors facing defamation on the internet. If you don’t protect your reputation, who will?
One of the things that a client needs to understand when they believe they have been the victim of defamation of character on the Internet is that they are putting their own character directly at issue. People with strong, positive reputations are potential plaintiffs. Clients who have a poor reputation within their community have a much more difficult decision to make. Suing for defamation of character, especially when it is on the Internet, is always a difficult decision. Clients need to understand the challenges involved. They also need to be fully apprised by their attorney about the fact that they will be opening themselves up to discovery about character issues. Continue reading In Order to Sue for Defamation of Character, You Have to Have Character »
Our Internet defamation attorneys can help you pursue libel or slander on the internet which attacks your name, your business name or your brands. Defamation is the publication of a statement of fact that is false or that tends to damage your reputation . If someone makes a defamatory statement about you on the Internet, you may be able to recover monetary damages. If the defamatory statement is posted on a web site, you need to have it removed. A qualified internet law attorney can help. Defamation on the internet can not only affect your reputation and good name when others come in contact with the defamatory statements, but defamatory Internet postings can follow you for a long time when they are indexed by search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, or Bing. That is why it is important to work with an internet law attorney to have the defamatory statements removed immediately from the website and from the search engine cache. An internet attorney will know what proven strategies work, depending on what web site the defamatory statement is posted. If you have been the victim of a defamatory statement that has hurt your good name or business, contact one of our expert Internet defamation attorneys today. Your reputation is important. We’ll help you protect it from the internet.