If you become aware of an investigation, you must act quickly, but carefully, to avoid having the matter proceed to a formal prosecution. Most physicians have no idea how to respond to notice that an investigation is underway.
These questions and many others require counsel by a lawyer with knowledge and experience representing health care professionals. The well-meaning professional who believes that full cooperation with the authorities will absolve him or her of any wrongdoing may learn too late that this naive belief is foolhardy. In most cases, once the accusation has been referred for prosecution, the chances of obtaining a favorable settlement without entry of a disciplinary order are slim unless the professional mounts a solid legal defense to the accusation.
An accusation will become part of the board’s record, which will then be visible to the general public through the licensing agency’s website. Anyone with an Internet connection can then simply enter your name and view the adverse action taken against you by the board. Having an accusation will often severely limit your ability to remain on many insurance panels and can limit your ability to find employment.
Located in the Bay Area, California, the attorneys at the Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP have been helping doctors, nurses, psychologists and other healthcare providers defend their professional licenses throughout California for over 33 years. Our medical-legal experience may mean the difference in a professional’s career. By getting involved immediately after the physician or healthcare worker knows of the investigation, we can help to control the investigative and formal hearing process, develop the evidence needed to defend the action, and uncover the true facts. If you are the target of an investigation, contact us NOW to schedule a FREE initial phone consultation by filling out our online form or calling us at 1-800-LAW-MDJD (1-800-529-6353).
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