Can I Sue Over Being Called An Idiot?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors:

I need to know if I can sue an outraged doctor for calling me an idiot in front of patients, colleagues and my bosses.

Signed, Angry

Dear Angry:

We’re not attorneys, but I can tell you that generally it is the totality of the situation that indicates whether there has been defamation of character that rises to the level of claiming civil damages. Consult an attorney who specializes in civil claims and ask for a free cursory analysis of the situation. Have an informal transcription of the complete dialogue, without any embellishments. Also have an overview of the situation that led to the comments. List witnesses.

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