Medical License Defense Lawyers
Losing your medical license is about much more than losing a piece of paper. It can also mean losing your practice, your reputation and your entire livelihood. With more than 10 years’ experience in the legal healthcare field, the attorneys at Norman Spencer Law Group are dedicated to representing the interests of physicians against matters that can threaten their medical license.
Our healthcare legal team has helped doctors with medical malpractice, professional licensing issues and issues related to employment, health and criminal law. We’ve also helped with disciplinary actions, negligence claims and licensure application appeals. Our attorneys regularly represent physicians before administrative courts, state licensing divisions and the Board of Medicine.
Disciplinary action can have a severe impact on a doctor’s career, an impact that extends far beyond the time of the allegations and may be felt for many years to come. That’s why we’ve made it our business to aggressively defend physicians, striving to protect their careers while helping to reduce the stress associated with medical licensing issues.
Medical Licensing Disciplinary Action
A variety of issues can result in disciplinary action that puts your medical license in jeopardy. Some of the most common include:
Drug diversion accusations can result from a number of instances, including improper waste disposal, employee theft or errors in the Pyxis system. Even if the allegations are untrue, it’s vital for physicians to retain a qualified medical licensing lawyer to promptly address any accusations.
Disciplinary actions for drug diversion can include everything from revocation or suspension of your medical license to criminal charges. Contacting an attorney at Norman Spencer Law Group is a wise move for physicians facing drug diversion allegations, especially before contacting the state impairment program.
While a DUI can quickly end a career, it doesn’t have to if it’s handled properly. Many doctors have either lost their medical licenses or been subjected to invasive, expensive and lengthy monitoring requirements in the wake of a DUI.
Many physicians too quickly enter the state impairment program without first consulting one of our healthcare lawyers. Our legal team has successfully protected doctors’ medical licenses as well as their ability to practice without monitoring requirements.
Positive Drug Test
Employment drug tests that show positive results typically generate a report the medical board or the state, which takes disciplinary action as needed. That action can include immediate medical license suspension. Doctors that believe a drug test may show positive results need to contact our attorneys immediately.
As with DUI charges, physicians with positive drug test results often enter the impairment program all too quickly, or surrender their medical license without first speaking with a lawyer. We’ve helped many doctors and nurses who were accused of illicit drug use or prescription drug abuse retain their medical and nursing licenses.
Whether you’re a physician that was mandated to an impairment program, or one who has recently been accused of impairment, the attorneys at Norman Spencer Law Group can help protect your license.
It’s important to contact one of our qualified healthcare attorneys before you enter an impairment program. This helps to ensure you fully understand your options and are aware of how your decision can impact your license. We have even helped clients who were already under a monitoring agreement modify that agreement.
A wide variety of incidents can result in medical license suspension. These include positive drug tests, failure to comply with impairment programs, probation violations, failure to complete continuing education, and fraud and drug convictions.
Our healthcare attorneys have helped many doctors restore their professional licenses after suspension. It’s advised you contact us as rapidly as possible, as you have a very short time frame during which you may request a hearing to challenge the suspension order.
The lawyers at Norman Spencer Law Group have assisted physicians who are currently facing criminal charges as well as those with prior criminal convictions. The latter may need help reporting a conviction or obtaining a professional license with a criminal record. Unlike many legal firms that handle medical licensing issues, we have a team of qualified criminal defense lawyers experienced with strategizing a criminal defense that best protects your license.
Other Medical License Matters
Once the dust has settled on disciplinary actions, individuals may still find themselves facing issues associated with medical licensing.
Difficulty Obtaining a License
It can be tough for doctors or medical students with past disciplinary actions or criminal histories to obtain a medical license. But it’s not impossible, especially with the help from the attorneys at Norman Spencer Law Group. While the process may take longer with a sanction or conviction on record, most past issues don’t automatically block you from obtaining a license. We can help during both the application process and medical board hearing.
Reporting Actions and Convictions to Other States
Many doctors are prone to making two mistakes when it comes to reporting issues to other states. Some rush to report the issues without first seeking advice from a medical license defense lawyer. Others don’t rush at all, sometimes delaying the report for months, or years. Our attorneys can help in both instances, helping you find the balance between ensuring you are safe to practice and being cautious about divulging far more than only the required information.
If you’re a physician, nurse or other healthcare practitioner that needs help protecting or defending your medical license, contact Norman Spencer Law Group. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.