No matter how long you have been practicing, dealing with an allegation of misconduct can be extremely stressful, especially when you have trained and worked so hard to provide excellent medical care for your patients. Although you may find it challenging to remain calm during such a time, maintaining your professional attitude and allowing an experienced medical license defense attorney to handle the legal details is crucial for protecting your license.
It is inevitable that you will have to handle at least one complaint during your career. And while being accused of misconduct may seem nightmarish, you must take the opportunity to respond in a professional manner—even to allegations that you know are false; unfortunately, that is the case all too often today, further facilitated by the ease in submitting complaints online.
Seek Strong Legal Assistance in Responding to the Texas Medical Board
The Texas Medical Board evaluates complaints about a range of medical professionals, from physicians and physician’s assistants to those involved in radiology, respiratory care, acupuncture, and more. Complaints are evaluated by the Board regarding jurisdiction as well as whether the allegations point to true violations of the Medical Practice Act. If the Board proceeds in investigating any allegations against you for misconduct, you will be notified. At this point, an attorney from an experienced license defense firm like Bertolino LLP should be working with you every step of the way to prevent any harm to your reputation or career.
Supposed misconduct by a doctor can be defined by any number of complaints and categories, to include fraud, incompetence, practicing under the influence of drugs or alcohol, prescribing the wrong medications, delegating duties to those not qualified, and participating in other activities deemed to threaten the safety of patients. Once the Board has opened an investigation and notified both you and the party responsible for the complaint, they will most likely ask you for more information. (They may also serve other entities with subpoenas requesting further documentation about the case.) Your attorney will help you both in gathering information and responding further to the Board.
Cases May Be Dismissed or Proceed to An Informal Conference
Once the investigators evaluate the information provided, they may move to dismiss the case altogether, or continue in scheduling an Informal Settlement Conference/Show Compliance proceeding. This is not the time to go it alone, and there is no room for error when it comes to protecting your license and your future. Any complaint and allegations at hand must be handled meticulously as you work closely with your attorney.
Protect Your License—and Your Future
If you find yourself on the receiving end of a complaint and a notification from the Texas Medical Board, any allegations must be taken very seriously. The lawyers at Bertolino LLP know how to carefully research every potential case, and our results speak for themselves. We represent licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas.
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Our honest, experienced attorneys will fight aggressively on behalf of your license and reputation. Contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 to schedule a case evaluation.
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