Informal Settlement Conference with the Texas Medical Board - What to Expect
After going through the stress of an investigation, the last thing you want to hear from the Texas Medical Board is that you have been referred for an informal settlement conference (ISC). Yet this is what numerous doctors go through, each and every year. Learn what to expect during the process, and how you can ensure you are protected, with help from the following information.
Understanding Why You Were Referred
As stated in Board rule section 187.11, complaint cases are referred for an informal settlement conference if the investigator uncovers evidence that the physician may have violated the Medical Practice Act. This does not necessarily mean you have, in fact, violated the Act. Instead, it only means there is evidence that suggests as much. Further, an ISC referral does not mean automatic disciplinary action. You do still have the right to defend yourself in front of the Panel of the Board.
Legal Representation is Critical
If you have not yet secured the assistance of an attorney, now is certainly the time to do so. The ISC means your license is most definitely at risk for suspension or revocation. Further, you could be subjected to public reprimand or ordered to complete unrealistic or unfair tasks, such as going through rehab when you do not have a drug or alcohol problem. An attorney can work to mitigate the allegations being made against you, and they can ensure you are fully prepared for the hearing.
Preparing a Rebuttal Response
Despite any sense of failure, it is critical that you use your information settlement hearing to fight back against the allegations, and doing so starts with a rebuttal response. This is where you will supply your own evidence, rebuking the allegations made against you, in a coherent and thoughtful manner. Your attorney can assist you with this part of the hearing process to ensure all aspects of your case are adequately argued and addressed. It is also important to note that the rebuttal must be received by the Panel at least five days prior to your hearing.
Contact Our Texas Medical License Defense Lawyer
While it can be devastating to learn that you have been referred for an informal settlement hearing, it is possible for you to fight back. Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, can help. Backed by more than 20 years of experience in the medical-legal arena, our Texas medical license defense lawyer will fight for the most favorable outcome in your case. Schedule a free consultation with us to learn more. Call 512-228-7946 today.