Does dispensing medical advice on a public forum make a doctor liable?

Is giving mostly generic and slightly specific medical advice on public forums like discussion boards, twitter, etc make me liable for malpractice suits? I don't believe a doctor-patient relationship would be formed if I see someone posting about what is bothering them and I decide to give some general advice about the problem without actually making a diagnosis or asking more specific questions?

Boston, MA -

Attorney Answers (4)

George Costas Andriotis

George Costas Andriotis

Personal Injury Lawyer - Tarpon Springs, FL
Answered

Doesn't seem like that would even come close to a breach of a standard of care. No.

Christian K. Lassen II

Christian K. Lassen II

Medical Malpractice Attorney - Philadelphia, PA
Answered

Unlikely, as its typically information as opposed to advice.

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David McCormack

David McCormack

Medical Malpractice Attorney - Boston, MA
Answered

Without further information and based on what you've written, I would be truly surprised if a Court found that a valid doctor-patient relationship was established.

Kevin Coluccio

Kevin Coluccio

Car / Auto Accident Lawyer - Seattle, WA
Answered

I would not think so. It would likely be viewed as provided medical information.

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