The medical professionals of Texas must do all they can to protect their medical licenses—as they are, for the most part, aware. The situations surrounding the practice of medicine, often involving heightened emotion, anxiety, and expectations that may exceed reality, create a scenario ripe for the lodging of formal complaints with the Texas Medical Board. This, in turn, puts medical professionals' livelihoods at risk. Despite the many years of education, residency, and even practice, a single accusation of wrongdoing may cause a career to unravel.
And the accusations can come in for any number of reasons. Some of the more common reasons are:
- Violating professional boundaries that are supposed to exist between a doctor and their patients.
- Inappropriate sexual behaviors, which is an extreme case of violation of the professional boundary, and veers into the downright illegality in some instances.
- Abuse of patients, whether of the previous sort or in any other fashion. Patients should be treated well.
- Doing a substandard job of maintaining records and documentation.
- Violating the rules and regulations regarding the prescription and administration of controlled substances. Particularly of concern in the past few years (though it has always been an issue) is the prospect of overprescribing. But even just making a mistake can be a huge problem.
- Fraud or misrepresentation. In the medical field insurance fraud is a widespread problem, and the Board keeps its eye on it.
- Unethical behavior. Professional standards must be adhered to at all times.
Get A Professional License Defense Attorney
Whether these accusations come as a result of actual behavior or in the form of false accusations, it is important to get help in navigating the complaint resolution process.
I fact, it's best to contact a professional license defense attorney as soon as you receive the notice of a complaint. But even if you don't realize until later, an experienced attorney can still be a great deal of help in fighting off the allegations made against you.
The experienced medical license defense attorneys at BERTOLINO LLP are skilled at navigating the medical complaint process. We are prepared to represent you at any legal hearing or proceeding regarding your medical license. With offices in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, we serve clients all over the state. As experienced attorneys, well-versed in state and federal laws, we know how to win. Contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 to schedule a case evaluation.