(NEW YORK POST) – A Tennessee woman was hit with a $25,000 lawsuit after she left a blistering review on Yelp about a doctor.
Kelly Beavers was sued for defamation and libel over her negative review about her experience with Dr. Kaveer Nandigam, who works at Nandigam Neurology in Murfreesboro, news station WTVF reported.
Beavers said she brought her ailing father to the medical center last month after he complained of dizziness and memory loss.
But after the experience, she was compelled to write a Yelp review over what she said was poor bedside manner.
Beavers claimed that Dr. Nandigam acted out after he noticed that she was recording the visit on her cell phone.
“Sometimes we all have things we forget, so that’s why I record every doctor’s visit. I want to make sure that I’m doing everything right,” Beavers told the outlet. “He literally snapped and demanded my phone.”
Beavers said she deleted the recording at his insistence, but later wrote a Yelp review about her visit with him.
“This ‘Dr’s’ behavior today was totally unprofessional and unethical to put it mildly,” she wrote on Yelp. “I will be reporting him to the State of TN Medical Review Board and be filing a formal complaint. How this guy is in business is beyond me.”
She continued saying, “Since when did they start allowing Doctors, to throw a complete temper tantrum in front of Patients and slam things when they get upset? He does not belong in the medical field at all.”
But within weeks, Nandigam Neurology filed a lawsuit against Beavers and her friend’s son who left a critical Google review, alleging the pair had conspired together to defame the medical center, WTVF reported.
The lawsuit claims Beavers’ post “contained false, disparaging, and misleading statements” and that she “specifically recruited” her friend’s son to leave a bogus review.
Beavers said she was “just in shock” over the lawsuit, but has no regrets about leaving the review.
“They just don’t want any negative reviews and they don’t want people to talk about or give a bad review,” she told the news station.
Nandigam Neurology didn’t respond to request for comment, the outlet reported.