My question involves defamation in the state of: Ohio
Possible defamation claim or other legal theory?
A child was hospitalized. The medical records reflect the mother’s repeated assertions that the treatment her child is receiving is harming her child. A specialty doctor did list 2 possible reasons why the child’s treatment could actually be harmful. No doctor ever followed up with those 2 possible reasons. Before releasing child from hospital, one doctor noted, “our only concern is non-compliance” and another doctor wrote, “consider social work for poor compliance”. The mother had to take an in-hospital class before they would release child to her. Years later, it was discovered that the child was misdiagnosed and cannot have that treatment as it harms his true condition. Our theory behind the defamation claim is that other doctors during the next few years did read these past medical notes. The notes stating the mother is in poor compliance or non-compliance reduced her credibility and hindered her efforts in getting another doctor to believe her and perform a differential diagnosis contributing to a delayed diagnosis(more harm came to child over years). The mother was also embarrassed after reading those statements and it had negative effects on her recovery from the PTSD that was directly related to child’s mistreatment and misdiagnosis over the years. One issue I have is that the mother did follow all treatment plans except for one medication because she knew it was harming her child. Technically, I could see where she is in non-compliance by withholding that one medication, but since it turns out she was right and the treatment plan was wrong, I’m stuck on if it would technically be defamation or not. I’m arguing both sides and I see both sides, but I feel like I’m missing a better argument. Before a doctor makes a defamatory statement against the mother, shouldn’t he make sure that his diagnosis is correct? Any takers? I’m tired of arguing with myself..haha.