Doctor Defamation on the Internet: What Every Doctor Needs to Know.

June 2nd, 2011

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?