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Mental Illness and Medical Licenses

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly one in four American adults suffers from some form of mental illness in any given year. Sadly, there is still a great deal of stigma attached to these disorders. This is especially true for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who may suffer from mental illness.

If you are suspected of having any disability that impairs your work performance, your medical license may be in danger. To discuss your legal rights with a knowledgeable Texas medical license defense lawyer, call the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995.

Medical License Protection

Medical professionals who are suffering from problems such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders face a difficult challenge. If they do not seek treatment, their work performance and mental and physical health can decline. However, if they do seek treatment, they may find themselves being investigated by their state’s licensing board.

During this investigation, defendants often have a limited right to privacy. The licensing board may be able to access a defendant’s past and present medical records; in some states, some of this information may even become public. This can be a frightening idea for defendants, who may even choose not to seek treatment in order to protect their privacy.

Despite this, is important to note that anyone suffering from a mental illness needs to seek the proper care. Untreated mental illness can lead to severe emotional and physical health problems. The ideal way to protect your health, medical license, and privacy is to seek treatment and contact a knowledgeable medical license defense attorney. Your attorney can help you protect your rights while you are receiving the treatment you need.

Contact Us

At the Leichter Law Firm, our Texas medical license defense attorneys are fully committed to fighting for the rights of our clients. To discuss how we may be able to help you, contact us by calling 512-495-9995.