Patient used alias to leave defamatory review of a doctor. Can doctor reveal to attorney the true identity of the patient for purposes of reaching out to the patient about the posting? Is HIPAA implicated?
Please re-post under the libel and slander heading.
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I moved to Libel and Slander category - You will get answers more focused from attorneys with that area of expertise. Good luck.
I can't tell who's asking this question, but it's foolish to risk your professional license and career on information from strangers on the Internet. The answer always depends on specific facts that are best left off a public website.
If you're the physician in question, you should be asking your attorney in private, not posting queries on Avvo. You may want to consult your malpractice carrier as well. They'd rather avoid a claim than pay one.
If you're a lawyer and posting questions on Avvo is your idea of legal research, God help your clients. Please refer the good doctor to someone competent.
This is NOT legal advice. It is a general discussion of legal principles by a California lawyer, and does not create an attorney/client relationship. You should always consult PRIVATELY with an attorney.
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