Helping Physicians Defend Their Professional Licenses
Being in one of the most highly regulated and litigious industries in the country, health care professionals are often forced to defend their medical licenses from investigations and proceedings that could be career-limiting or career-ending based on wrongful claims and accusations, patient complaints, competitor or employee complaints, malpractice settlements or anonymous complaints.
If you have received a request for records or a request for an interview, that is the first sign of a complaint and investigation and it is critical that it be handled properly from the beginning. We have seen clients fail to turn over the entire chart, fail to explain the care or issues due to lack of preparation or fail to take the initial response to the Board seriously. Even where the potential discipline is probation, it can adversely effect the ability to participate in insurance plans and can harm your practice economically.
If you are the subject of a complaint or have been accused of any criminal activity or professional wrongdoing, not only is your reputation on the line, but you are at risk of having restrictions placed on your medical license or, in more severe cases, losing your medical license and your livelihood.
At Green & Associates, our attorneys understand how stressful it can be to face overwhelming scrutiny and prepare for responses to complaints, interviews, peer review or investigation, but with a defense lawyer on your side, your license and career are in good hands. For over 20 years, founding attorney Tracy Green has gained substantial experience and success with health care and criminal defense law and the effect on your license. To learn more about your legal options, please call our Los Angeles office at (213) 233-2260 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
Complaints that May Cost You Your Medical License
As a medical professional, you have spent so much time, effort, and money to obtain your license to practice medicine in California. Allegations of misconduct are not to be taken likely because even if the claims are proven to be without merit, your name, reputation, and practice may be in jeopardy. Whether the claims against you are criminal or professional, it is vital to consult with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
Common types of misconduct that may result in discipline (such as public letter of reprimand or probation) or interim suspension or revocation of your California medical license include, but are not limited to the following:
- Substance Abuse/DUI
- Criminal Conviction
- Medication Violations
- Patient Abuse
- Sexual Misconduct Allegations
- Medical Negligence
- Fiscal Dishonesty and/or Theft
- Faulty Recordkeeping
- Unlicensed Practice of Medicine
Seek the guidance and aggressive legal representation of a lawyer with in-depth understanding of both California medical license defense and civil and criminal defense in order to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
What are the Possible Outcomes of Medical Licensing Dispute?
A licensing board complaint or accusation of negligence or unprofessional conduct can lead to the following consequences:
- Monitoring requirements
- Public Letter of Reprimand
- Continuing Education or PACE Program Classes
- Interim Suspension Orders (ISO)
- Restrictions on supervision or prescribing
- License suspension for specified period
- License revocation
Even seemingly minor penalties, such as a public letter of reprimand, can negatively impact a health care professional's ability to maintain privileges at certain hospitals or could effect credentialing at insurance companies. Any disciplinary actions following a board complaint must be reported to professional liability carriers, the National Practitioner Data Bank, and will be on the practitioner's public record. However, you are legally entitled to dispute the charges against you and the earlier the defense is commenced, the better. Seek an effective medical license defense attorney to protect your rights.
Trusted Defense for Your Professional Future
Attorney Tracy Green and the skilled legal team at Green & Associates have provided strong legal representation to numerous health care professionals under investigation for alleged legal and professional violations. Act immediately to protect your reputation and livelihood by calling the attorneys at Green & Associates at (213) 233-2260.