What to Expect When a Complaint Is Made Against You
Each medical profession often has its own unique process. In general, it usually involves the following steps:
- Evaluate the complaint filed against you – We can help you with this step and offer you advice on what to do based on years of experience handling such complaints.
- Acknowledge you received the complaint – You will likely receive a letter from the Texas Medical Board or another oversight organization informing you that a formal complaint has been made against you. You might feel compelled to immediately respond to the letter and deny any wrongdoing, but the reality is anything you say or write could be used against you.
- Start gathering evidence – The formal complaint letter will likely contain details about the allegations made against you. We can investigate such allegations and search for the facts that prove that you behaved in a responsible, ethical manner.
- Prepare for a disciplinary hearing – Often, you will need to appear before the Texas Medical Board or another oversight committee responsible for ruling on such complaints. Our attorneys can help you prepare for your hearing and will effectively respond to your formal complaint and mount a strong defense.
- Submit necessary paperwork – Certain boards require physicians to respond in writing to formal complaints made against them. Our attorneys can help you submit any required paperwork and serve as your liaison with the board ruling on your complaint.
- Appeal your complaint – If the board ruling on your complaint rules in favor of the person who filed the initial complaint, you may be able to appeal your complaint to the same board or another higher authority, depending on your profession. We can help you with your appeals process every step of the way.
What to Do if Your Medical License Has Been Suspended, Revoked, or Denied
If your medical license has already been denied, suspended, or revoked, it is important to get a legal advocate on your side who can help you handle these consequences. We may be able to assist you in challenging the Texas Medical Board decision and help you continue practicing as a medical professional. Many people are quick to assume that a medical license suspension is the same as a medical license revocation; however, this is not the case.
Suspensions may be temporary, while medical license revocation may be considered indefinite. Your attorney can help you understand the sanctions imposed on you. If you have applied for your medical license and were denied, your attorney may be able to help you reverse this decision.
Handling any past disciplinary actions, answering any charges you may have faced in your youth, and even administrative mistakes can prevent you from obtaining your medical license. However, it is important to keep in mind that issues with your medical license do not automatically mean you will not be able to practice medicine. Although your career may be temporarily placed on hold, by working with a medical license defense attorney, you may be able to get your license reinstated and get back to your life.
Impairment Programs for Medical Professionals
If the Texas Medical Board, Administrative Law Judge, or other authority imposes sanctions that impact your medical license, your future could be on the line. You may be able to avoid some of the more severe penalties by agreeing to participate in an impairment program. When medical professionals such as nurses, physicians, surgeons, and other types of healthcare providers are dealing with issues in their personal lives that have affected their careers, they may be eligible for participation in an impairment program.
If you are dealing with alcohol addiction, mental health issues, drug addiction, sex addiction, or other personal substance abuse or mental health issues, you may be considered unfit to practice medicine. By participating in an impairment program, you may be able to avoid the revocation of your medical license.
If you successfully complete the terms of the program and can prove to the Texas Medical Board that you are fit and competent to continue practicing medicine, your license could instead be temporarily suspended while you complete the terms of your program. From there, you may be able to get your medical license reinstated and begin practicing once more. If you are interested in learning more about your eligibility for an impairment program, be sure to discuss your options with your licensed defense attorney.