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I've been accused of "abuse" and sent home on administrated leave . I'm in healthcare. I lowered the head down on the gurney to help a pt move up because she said she couldn't do it. She immediately began to move and my reflex was to assist her and I reached under her arm and she said I hurt her. I immediately let go and apologize . No xrays were ordered ... I never knew she claimed abuse. The nurse in the room wrote me up for being mean and abusive. Im sure it had a lot to do with the complaint . My question is ... Is this considered slander ? When investion is over and it shows that I was not abusive ?

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Unfortunately, no, this is not something which would support a claim of slander. Slander is a statement of fact, which someone makes about another person, knowing the statement is not true. If the patient says they were hurt, it is their own perception of pain that is the subject and it is not really factual.

Now, if they said you did something purposely to hurt them and they knew that was not true then that might support a defamation claim.

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