For whatever reason, doctors and dentists are targets of online defamation by patients and, sometimes, competing doctors and physicians. As an internet law-defamation attorney, I handle a large number of doctor and dentist defamation cases. I have always believed that the reason doctors, dentists and physicians are the target of online liable and slander is because of the special relationship they have with their patients. A patient who has had a bad medical outcome sometimes feels that someone has to be responsible. They don’t accept that not every outcome is going to be a good medical result. The desire to blame someone often falls on the doctor, dentist or physician.
Some trends that we are starting to see in doctor defamation cases are as follows: