Seattle Surgeon Suing Patient For ‘False And Defamatory’ Review On Yelp
November 6, 2015
Laurie Hanna, New York Daily News
A Seattle surgeon is suing one of his patients after she posted a less than flattering review on Yelp.
Dr. Alan Brown claims that the Wendy Wester’s dramatic posting is defamatory and has damaged his business and his reputation.
Wester met with Brown in February 2013 after she injured her knee skiing.
Even though a different doctor operated on Wester, she was dissatisfied with the service provided by Brown’s Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians surgery and made her feelings known online.
“It is an understatement to say that I would not recommend him – ever,” Wester said in the Yelp review of Brown’s clinic, according toSeattlePI.com. “His enormous ego nearly cost me my life.”
Wester later followed up her Yelp review with a formal complaint to the state medical board. She claimed Brown failed to diagnose the injury to her knee after an initial meeting at the Overlake Hospital emergency room in Bellevue, Wash.
However, Brown picked through Wester’s description of their interactions in his lawsuit and pointed out that several claims were untrue.
He contends Wester’s statements and her account of their interactions were “false and defamatory.”
Wester’s attorney, Brad Davis, said he believes records will show his client’s statements were not defamatory. “I just think it’s unfortunate,” the Seattle attorney said. “My clients (Wester and her husband) didn’t ask for this … But now they’re going to fight it.”
The lawsuit, filed at the King County Superior Court at Seattle, notes Brown’s assertion that Wester’s comments “continue to create a substantial danger to (my) personal and business reputation.”
Brown also claims the statement she made to state health officials contained false and malicious comments.
That statement was reviewed by the Washington State Medical Commission and dismissed in March this year, after a 10-member panel ruled the evidence did not show a violation had occurred.
Brown is acting as his own attorney in the matter and has not yet responded to requests for comment.