When there has been a complaint filed against a physician, an investigation will take place to determine whether there is any truth into that complaint. The physician will have to attend a hearing where the committee will assess the findings of the investigation. Then, the board can make an educated decision as to what the punishment should be for the physician if it is found that they are guilty of some form of misconduct. Of course, the penalties will be more severe depending on the severity of the misconduct.
The physician may be subject to any number of penalties on their license depending on what type of misconduct they have committed. If there is no way that the physician can ever be trusted to practice again, the board may decide to revoke their medical license. However, with situations where the physician can redeem themselves, they may be issued an actual suspension, partial suspension, or license limitation so they can only practice a specific area of medicine. In some situations, the physician may have their license suspended until they take a course or complete training or some form of rehabilitation. The board is also permitted to require that the physician completes up to 500 hours of community service or pays a fine of up to $10,000.
If you have been accused of medical professional misconduct, it is essential that you consult with an experienced medical law attorney as soon as possible to starting building a defense on your behalf.
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