Our Lawyers Represent Medical Professionals Who Need to Appeal License Suspensions and Other Disciplinary Actions
Facing disciplinary action by your medical licensing board is a big deal. Regardless of the severity of the discipline imposed, having a stain on your record can negatively impact your reputation and employment prospects. It can also increase your risk in the event of subsequent allegations of professional misconduct in the future. As a result, if your medical board has disciplined you, you should strongly consider filing an appeal.
At The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C., our medical license defense lawyers have extensive experience representing doctors and other health care professionals in medical board appeals. It is possible to appeal medical board decisions on various substantive and procedural grounds, and our lawyers carefully review all aspects of our clients’ medical board decisions to determine what grounds we can assert on their behalf. Whether you had legal counsel for your medical board hearing or you tried to handle your hearing on your own, we can assist you, and our lawyers will promptly get to work figuring out how best to approach your appeal.
A Temporary Injunction or Restraining Order Can Protect You While Your Appeal is Pending
When our lawyers appeal your medical board decision, they can also seek a temporary injunction or restraining order. If granted, this will prevent the medical board from enforcing its decision while your appeal is pending. Many doctors and medical professionals are surprised to learn that this does not happen automatically. However, filing an appeal does not “stay” or put a hold on enforcement of the medical board’s decision; so, if you are facing license suspension or revocation, seeking a temporary injunction or restraining order will be essential for protecting your ability to practice in the short term.
There are Several Potential Grounds to Challenge a Medical Board Decision on Appeal
As we mentioned above, it is possible to challenge medical board decisions on both substantive and procedural grounds. When you choose The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C. to represent you, our lawyers will evaluate all possible options for securing a reversal of the board’s decision on appeal. Some examples of arguments our lawyer may be able to assert on your behalf include:
- The medical board failed to follow its own established procedures during its investigation or hearing
- The medical board’s decision was not based on substantial evidence of a violation of the applicable rules of professional conduct
- The medical board’s decision was clearly erroneous in light of the available evidence
- The medical board’s decision regarding liability or the discipline imposed was arbitrary, capricious or otherwise based on inappropriate considerations
Talk to a Lawyer About Appealing Your Medical Board Decision
If you have been disciplined by your medical board, we strongly encourage you to speak with one of our medical employment and professional license defense lawyers about filing an appeal. Your case is not over, and it may still be possible to protect your license and reputation. To schedule a confidential consultation at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, L.L.C., call 410-514-6099 or request an appointment online now.