Medical Physician Professional License Defense Attorney in Gwinnett County, Georgia
Physicians train for many years and work hard to build a practice.
For all that time and effort to go to waste because of complaints made by a disgruntled patient or in a hospital peer review can be a terrible miscarriage of justice for the professional concerned.
Medical boards have the power to suspend or revoke a physician’s license and severely hamper their ability to make a living.
In fact, allegations of misconduct or malpractice can ruin a physician’s career. It’s important, therefore, not to allow false allegations to go unchallenged or for genuine mistakes to be interpreted as something else.
An experienced medical physician license attorney can help ensure that such allegations do not have a lasting impact on your license or your ability to practice your profession.
To protect your medical license and your reputation, contact The Law Office of Adam D. Brown, an experienced medical license attorney in Gwinnett County.
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How can physicians lose their license in Gwinnett County?
Most commonly, physicians in Georgia lose their license to practice after complaints are made against them.
These complaints are heard by the Georgia Composite Medical Board, which regulates physicians, physicians’ assistants, respiratory care professionals, and other medical professionals.
The stated aims of the Board are to:
The actions it takes are in accordance with The Medical Practice Act. (O.C.G.A. § 43-34-8).
Complaints to the Board may originate from patients, hospitals or state agencies. Typically, one of the following types of complaints are made:
- Lack of professional conduct (e.g., boundary violations)
- Unethical prescription or administration of medication
- Mental or physical impairment
Part of the duty of any physician is to provide the best possible care to patients. So, the Georgia Composite Medical Board takes any complaints against their physicians seriously and will most likely immediately investigate the matter before deciding on the course of action.
However, in most cases, you can continue working as a physician pending the results of the investigation.
If the case involves an accusation of impairment, an appearance before the impairment committee may be required.
If the investigation finds that there are sufficient grounds for the suspension or revocation of a medical license, this may be ordered by the Board. However, there will be a hearing at which the physician can defend their actions and respond to the complaint.
In these circumstances, having the help of an experienced medical physician license attorney can make a big difference to how you handle the process – and the outcome of it.
The potentially severe consequences of board disciplinary action
If the Georgia Composite Medical Board investigates a complaint and finds a physician culpable, there are several courses of action available, depending on the circumstances of the complaint and the severity of the violation.
From least to most severe, the penalties imposed can be:
- A fine
- A period of probation
- License suspension
- License revocation
Because Board decisions are typically available as part of the public record, any disciplinary action will follow you wherever you work afterwards.
This is easily checkable online nowadays. The potential impact on a medical career can, therefore, be devastating.
How can a physician medical license defense lawyer help?
The Board hearing can be intimidating and stressful, with one’s professional reputation and license on the line. For most physicians, it’s the first time they have ever had to face this situation and they are not sure how to handle it.
If you are accused of misconduct or malpractice, the Board has considerable resources at its disposal to investigate and prosecute you. It’s only fair that you are given ample opportunity to defend yourself.
Unfortunately, physician licensing is a niche area of the law that few advocates are well equipped to deal with. Given the potentially career-threatening nature of Board decisions, it is important that you appoint someone with the necessary experience to defend you.
We can handle your case before the medical board
As a licensed Registered Nurse in several states, Adam D. Brown was himself in the trenches with medical professionals before becoming an attorney. He is accustomed to life on both sides of the legal questions when it comes to medical licenses, and well experienced with how the medical board in Georgia views and approaches cases against physicians and other medical professionals.
So, you will immediately have access to valuable legal advice that relates to your specific situation.
As your medical license defense attorney, Adam D. Brown will help to ease your concerns and start examining the evidence against you.
He will prepare a strong defense in response to the complaints to secure a favorable outcome. If the Board still finds you culpable, he will argue for the least restrictive penalties to be imposed, if any…
An investigation into a complaint doesn’t have to signal the end of your career. You can defend yourself and your practice and have a chance of clearing your name – but without the right legal assistance, it can be time-consuming, stressful, and very challenging.