Everyone makes mistakes, but doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals tend to be held to a higher standard. In fact, a single and seemingly minor mistake could potentially lead to an investigation and disciplinary action from the Texas Medical Board. Repeated offenses - even if only alleged - are far more dire. They can result in permanent suspension or revocation of a doctor’s medical license. Learn how to protect your license, regardless of the situation, with help from the following information.
When an Investigation Leads to Disciplinary Action
If a complaint is filed against your practice, the Texas Medical Board may investigate. Should they find evidence to substantiate the claims against you, an Informal Show Compliance Proceeding (ISC) may be held. If the allegations against you are not dismissed at this time, you will then be referred for an additional hearing to determine what disciplinary action will be taken against you. Examples might include a temporary suspension of your license, mandatory completion of continuing education units, or random drug and/or alcohol testing for a specified time period. You could also be placed on probation, which may have additional requirements.
Violation of Probation and Repeated Acts of Misconduct
Once disciplinary action has been taken against you or your practice, it is critical that you follow through with all terms of your probation or suspension. Failure to do so can result in serious and potentially lifelong consequences, including a permanent suspension or revocation of your medical license. This applies, even if the order is to cease all practices of medicine for a predetermined period of time. You can appeal the decision, however. Just make sure you have an experienced legal professional on your side during this process.
Protecting Your Medical License, Right from the Start
While it is possible to appeal a decision made by the Texas Medical Board, physicians tend to fare better when they seek legal assistance, right from the very start of an investigation. In fact, some may be able to have the allegations dismissed long before it ever reaches the ISC phase of an investigation. This is because an attorney can ensure that all correspondences are carefully crafted, and that your rights are protected throughout the investigation process.
Backed by more than 20 years of experience in the legal-medical arena, Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, has the knowledge and skills needed to effectively represent you throughout your entire case. We protect your license and practice, right from the very start. Learn more about our comprehensive and aggressive legal services. Call 512-228-7946 and schedule a confidential consultation with our Texas medical license defense attorney today.