Doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health care professionals work extremely hard to obtain their professional licenses. Between schooling, practical training, and undergoing background checks or even enduring questions about mental health, it is not easy to get a professional license in the health care industry. Losing a license can be devastating, and it can happen for a number of reasons. Both criminal charges, whether or not they are related to your work, and some civil issues can lead to the loss of a medical license. In many cases, successfully defending against a criminal or civil accusation will preserve your license. You may need the skill of an experienced attorney to help you protect your career.
What Criminal Issues Can Lead to the Loss of a Healthcare Professional License?
The biggest reason medical professionals lose their licenses is for committing a crime related to their profession. This can involve anything from stealing narcotics from a hospital to assaulting a patient. Over-prescribing addictive drugs to the extent that patients are harmed is taken extremely seriously. Financial crimes by medical practices, like illegal kickback schemes entered into with pharmaceutical company representatives are not entirely uncommon. Various types of fraud related to billing or in dealing with health insurance companies can result in criminal charges leading to a revoked license.
However, even crimes that are unrelated to your profession could result in your license being taken. Certain convictions, like violent or sexual felonies and some narcotics-related offenses, are almost always a complete bar to keeping a medical license. The state has a strong interest in making sure that health care workers will not harm their patients, so people who have committed these offenses will typically have their licenses revoked.
What Civil Issues Can Cause a Medical Field License to Be Revoked?
Even if you are not charged with a crime, you could still face the loss of your license over civil issues or violations. Repeated successful malpractice suits could ultimately lead the state to believe that you cannot do your job without putting the public at risk. It is important that if you are ever sued for something that happened in the course of your work, you take the case very seriously and put on a strong defense.
Lawsuits that allege any type of outright abuse or neglect are to be taken especially seriously. It is not uncommon for a civil action to call legal attention to whatever happened – which could prompt the prosecutor’s office to file criminal charges based on the same facts alleged in the civil suit.
Contact a Wisconsin Healthcare Provider’s Attorney
If you are facing any possible threat to your professional license, whether related to criminal or civil proceedings, contact Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP. Our experienced Milwaukee healthcare providers’ lawyers are skilled at defending doctors, nurses, and other medical staff against accusations that put their licenses in jeopardy. Call us at 414-271-1440 to schedule your initial confidential consultation.