Grounds for Discipline
Every professional licensing board outlines its grounds for discipline within its licensing standards. If a licensed professional is found to have committed a license violation as outlined in the grounds for discipline, he or she may be penalized with license suspension, license revocation, or other disciplinary action.
Even relatively minor penalties may have a negative effect on a professional’s licensure, possibly affecting his or her practice and livelihood. Reviewing your licensing board’s grounds for discipline can help to clarify the actions or inaction that could affect your standing as a licensed professional.
Possible Grounds for Discipline
The rise in malpractice suits and other litigation has caused many licensing boards to create stricter rules regarding a professional’s standard of care and prohibited actions. Physicians and other professionals may find themselves increasingly at risk of being suspended or otherwise penalized for minor infractions. Some of the common grounds for discipline include:
- Misconduct or fraud
- Medical negligence or malpractice
- Practicing before license is in effect
- Practicing while a license is suspended or revoked
- Fraudulent license registration or renewal
- Substance abuse or dependency
- Practicing under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Committing a criminal offense or health law violation
- Qualifying as mentally unstable or insane
Qualifying for any of these grounds for discipline could result in a formal license investigation by your professional licensing board. Depending on the severity of the suspected offense, you could be at risk of having your license suspended or revoked altogether. If you have been accused of a license violation and are facing a formal review, consider consulting with an experienced Texas medical license defense lawyer as soon as possible.
To learn more about professional license grounds for discipline and what to do if you are suspected of violating the terms of your license, do not hesitate to contact the Texas medical license attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm today by calling 512-495-9995.