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Your license could be revoked or suspended, your medical practice could be seriously harmed or even shut down, and you could face harsh penalties, fines, or even criminal prosecution.
It is, of course, necessary to maintain high standards of professional medical conduct for the sake of public protection and professional integrity. However, the result is that even the most well-meaning and dedicated medical professionals can face scrutiny and the threat of losing their career and source of income.
For these reasons, if your license to practice medicine is being threatened, it is critically important for you retain the services of an skilled and aggressive Brooklyn professional license defense attorney who is experienced in defending medical professionals.
What Exactly is Professional Misconduct?
Professional misconduct is a broad term to describe all the actions and omissions which do not meet the required standards of a medical professional under New York law.
Some examples of professional misconduct are:
- Habitually using drugs or alcohol.
- Failing to maintain medical records.
- Discriminating against a patient, for example, because of their race or nationality.
- Negligence and reckless practice.
The consequence of professional misconduct is disciplinary proceedings.
Potential Consequences of Disciplinary Proceedings
If a medical professional is found guilty of professional misconduct in an investigation carried out by a disciplinary body, it could result in:
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- Revocation or suspension of the doctor’s medical license.
- License restrictions on areas of practice.
- A censure or formal reprimand.
- Professional monitoring for up to one year.
- A monetary fine.
- Public service.
- A required Continuing Medical Education course.
The consequences of disciplinary hearings can be devastating for a doctor’s career and livelihood. Even if they manage to get off with a formal warning, the doctor could face employment or social consequences which prevent them from advancing their career. It is therefore essential that doctors accused of professional misconduct fiercely defend any investigations or disciplinary proceedings.
How You Can Defend Against Allegations During a Disciplinary Proceeding
Even if accusations of professional misconduct are unfounded and litigious, they should be addressed quickly to avoid any damage to the doctor’s social standing.
If a complaint is made about you in New York, you will likely receive correspondence from the Office of Professional Misconduct (OPMC), notifying you that they are opening an investigation. If this happens, you should immediately instruct an attorney who will investigate the complaint alongside the OPMC investigator.
The more information your attorney is able to gather about your practice and the alleged incident of misconduct, the better your chances at being to prove you did not act in a way which fell below the standards of a New York medical professional.
Additionally, if you are charged with a crime (even if the crime was committed in another state), you should instruct an attorney experienced in medical disciplinary procedure. Criminal convictions will very likely result in restrictions or loss of license as they are an indication that the doctor is not of good moral character. However, an experienced Brooklyn lawyer can investigate the matter, locate witnesses who can testify for your professional integrity, and defend you at any disciplinary hearings.
Be Proactive and Retain the Services of a Skilled Brooklyn Healthcare Attorney Today
If you are confronting a serious professional misconduct disciplinary proceeding, the Bukh Law Firm, PLLC stands ready to help. Our legal team will represent you during the pre-accusation stage, in settlement, negotiation, and the formal Administrative Law hearing in and around New York and New Jersey.
Our lawyers speak various languages: Spanish, Polish, and Russian, so it will be easy for any foreign medical practitioner to put forward a strong defense.