Minnesota Doctor Loses Effort To Sue Patient’s Son For Defamation

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    Minnesota Doctor Loses Effort To Sue Patient’s Son For Defamation About His Allegedly Poor Bedside Manners JONATHAN TURLEY

    Court dismisses Duluth doctor's lawsuit against patient's son | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

    Minnesota Doctor Loses Effort To Sue Patient’s Son For Defamation About His Allegedly Poor Bedside Manners

    Dr. David McKee, a neurologist with Northland Neurology and Myology, has failed in his bid to sue the son of a former patient for complaining about his bedside manners, including statements to professional associations and posting comments on the Internet. Sixth Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden wisely dismissed the action.

    According to the article below, Dennis Laurion of Duluth complained to the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, two physicians in Duluth, the St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Advisory Committee and St. Luke’s hospital, among others.

    His father, Kenneth Laurion, Dennis was shocked by what he viewed as McKee poor treatment of his father. Dennis listed an array of statements that he said were made by McKee including:

    1. Angry comments by McKee over the fact that Laurion had been transferred from the Intensive Care Unit to a ward room;

    2. Verbal complaint by McKee that he had to “spend time finding out if [the patient] had been transferred or died;”

    3. Observations that 44 percent of hemorrhagic stroke victims die within 30 days;

    4. Dismissive statements that Laurion didn’t need therapy;

    5. Dismissive statements that he did not care about the fact that the patient’s gown was hanging from his neck with his backside exposed;

    6. Blaming the patient for the loss of his time; and

    7. Generally treating Laurion with a lack of respect or dignity.