Experienced Attorneys Defending Licensed Radiologists
Radiologists are among the most specialized medical professionals, and the work they do is critical. As a licensed Medical Radiologic Technologist, you help doctors diagnose a broad range of medical conditions, which helps patients get the treatment they need.
Building a career in radiology is difficult, and it may only take one complaint to derail yours. But a medical license defense lawyer at Bertolino LLP know how to handle these complex cases and help radiologists protect their careers.
Common Complaints Made Against Radiologists
In the State of Texas, radiologists are regulated by the Texas Medical Board (TMB). If you are the target of a complaint of unlawful or improper conduct, that complaint will be investigated by the TMB.
There are many types of complaints that are made against radiologists on a day-to-day basis. Some of the more common types of allegations that could put your radiologist’s license in jeopardy include:
- Failure to follow radiation safety protocols
- Violating patient confidentiality
- Being convicted of a criminal offense
- Failure to adhere to the standard of care
- Engaging and unprofessional conduct
- Practicing without a license
- Employing an unlicensed radiologist
- Billing for services that you never provided
- Having an inappropriate relationship with a patient
- Having sexual contact or relations with a patient
- Failure to adhere to continuing education requirements
- Physical or mental incompetence
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
- Violating the medical standard of care, also known as malpractice
- Accepting payment for patient referrals
These are just a few of the more common types of complaints that are made against radiologists in Texas. If you have had another type of completed and your license is otherwise, make sure you have a license defense attorney ready to help you protect your future.
What to Do If a Complaint Has Been Made Against Your Radiologist License
If you receive a notice that the TMB is investigating a complaint against you, it is important that you contact a radiologist license defense attorney for help today. We will launch our own investigation into the allegations made against you, work with you to develop a sound legal strategy, and prepare a compelling defense that protects your license and career.
In some cases, we may need to be prepared to go before the Texas Medical Board to answer their questions, prevent evidence to support your actions, or otherwise defend your license. Other times, we may be able to get your complaint dismissed before the investigation proceeds.
Once we have a better idea of whether the complaints made against you are valid, we will have a better understanding of how to approach your license defense strategy. Your attorney can provide you with the legal advice and support you need to stand up for yourself when the TMB begins investigating allegations made against you.
How the Investigative Process Works
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) is responsible for regulating the licensure and rules of medical radiologic technologists. The TMB also regulates limited medical radiologic technologists, general medical radiologic technologists, and non-certified radiologic technologists.
Anyone has the opportunity to file a complaint against a radiologist or radiological technician. Your colleagues, your patients, your patient’s family members, and other parties can make allegations as they see fit. The investigation process begins when the TMB begins investigating the allegations against you. After reviewing the evidence, if they find a reasonable belief that the allegations against you are true or valid, they may have the opportunity to bring forward formal charges.
Your attorney will be by your side, helping you prepare your rebuttal packet, which will contain your first response to the accusations made against your radiologist license. If your attorney is successful, your rebuttal packet could be powerful enough to get the complaint against you dismissed. However, if the complaint is not dismissed, you may need to have your case heard by an administrative law judge (ALJ).
What to Expect from Your License Defense Attorney
When the complaint against you has been deemed valid, your attorney will be by your side, ready to help you across all legal matters regarding your radiologist license defense. Some of the hearings and proceedings we will attend to protect your professional license include:
- Show compliance proceedings
- Temporary suspension hearings
- Informal settlement conferences
- State Office of Administrative Hearings proceedings
If your case is heard by an administrative law judge, decisions made by the ALJ may need to be reviewed and approved by the TMB before the decision can be final. In the event the ALJ and the TMB do not come down in your favor, you may need to move forward with a judicial review in the court of appeals.
When your radiologist license is under attack by the TMB, it is imperative that you take steps to protect it. As soon as you are notified that a complaint has been filed against you with the Texas medical board, our team of radiologist license defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP are here to help.
Potential Penalties You Could Face
When the TMB makes the decision that the allegations or complaints made against your radiologist license are valid, there are many penalties and consequences you could face. Some of the more common consequences you could expect include:
- Letter of reprimand
- Continuing education requirements
- Suspension or revocation of your radiologist license
Having these consequences appear on your record could have an adverse impact on your career in the future. If you hope to avoid the fallout of these penalties, you need to take action to defend your license before the Texas Medical Board. Get help securing your livelihood when you contact a radiologist license defense attorney at our firm to discuss your defense options.
Get Help from a Radiologist License Defense Attorney
We are proud to help radiologists throughout Texas protect their careers when devastating career complaints have been made against them. If you need assistance from a radiologist license defense attorney, contact Bertolino LLP today. Call our Austin office or schedule your no-obligation consultation today.